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If You Have These 2 Traits, the Mediterranean Diet Might Work Better For You

For years, the Mediterranean diet has ruled as the undisputed top dog for weight loss. (Here’s how eating like a Greek god can help you lose weight.) And honestly, what’s not to love? A diet rich in plant-based foods like vegetables, nuts, fruits, and whole grains—plus less red meat and butter—can do wonders for your waistline and your heart. Plentiful doses of omega-3s, soluble and insoluble fibers, and micronutrients keeps your body burning fat all day long.

But like most diets, there’s more to this heart-healthy trend than meets the eye. Researchers just discovered that the Mediterranean diet only works for some people and not for others.

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Their study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, analyzed 18,000 randomly selected residents of southern Italy between 2005 and 2010. After controlling for health and socioeconomic variables such as BMI, education, and household income, the research team scored participants’ meals using the Mediterranean Diet Score. Not only did this metric account for the variety of fruits, veggies, meat, and fish consumed, but it also evaluated the participants’ cooking methods. Healthy methods...

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