A review of the state of medical knowledge on obesity reduction indicates that a Mediterranean diet is more effective than low-fat diets for sustained weight loss. Such diets – which feature consumption of fruit, vegetables, nuts and olive oil – also reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Further, adopting a Mediterranean diet after a heart attack appears to be roughly three times more effective at reducing deaths than taking cholesterol-lowering statins.
Note: Evidence published elsewhere also indicates the value of a Mediterranean diet as a potential lifestyle option for long-term dementia risk-reduction.
Brimelow, A. (2014). Mediterranean diet is best way to tackle obesity, say doctors. London: BBC Health News, November 17th 2014.
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Malhotra, A. Maruthappu, M. [and] Stephenson, T. (2014). Healthy eating: an NHS priority. A sure way to improve health outcomes for NHS staff and the public. Postgraduate Medical Journal. November 16th 2014. [Epub ahead of print].
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‘Food environment’ needs changing, doctors argue. London: NHS Choices Behind the Headlines, November 17th 2014.