Special Mediterranean diet effectively reduces harmful belly fat
Die mediterranean diet is generally considered one of the healthiest forms of nutrition. According to a recent study, a special form of this diet is particularly effective for so-called visceral abdominal fat to reduce. These fatty deposits are considered particularly harmfulas the fat accumulates directly around the internal organs of the abdomen.
An Israeli research team Ben-Gurion University of the Negev compared three diets for reducing visceral fat. It turned out that the green mediterranean diet most effective in reducing stubborn belly fat. The results of the study have now been published in the renowned journal “BMC Medicine” presented.
Reducing visceral fat should be the goal of any diet
Above all, the reduction of visceral abdominal fat should be the real thing goal of weight loss be, emphasizes the working group. Because this is a type of fat that is the internal organs around and is much more dangerous than the so-called subcutaneous fat tissue, which is mainly deposited under the skin.
Why visceral fat is particularly harmful
Three healthy diets compared
The working group compared three healthy diets suitable for weight loss to see which form was most effective in reducing abdominal visceral fat. For this purpose, 294 participants followed one of the three diets for 18 months.
The three diets were, on the one hand, one healthy eatingwhich after common Nutritional Recommendations aimed, on the other hand, at a diet modeled on the mediterranean diet and a modified version of this diet, which the working group called green mediterranean diet designated.
The evaluation of the data collected during the study shows that the healthy diet according to nutritional recommendations reduced the visceral abdominal fat by an average of 4.5 percent, the Mediterranean diet by seven percent and the green Mediterranean diet by 14 percent.
What is special about the green Mediterranean diet?
According to the research team, the Mediterranean Green Diet contains (green Mediterranean diet) less red and processed meat than the traditional Mediterranean diet. In addition, the participants in this group should eat the following foods every day:
- 28 Gramm walnuts,
- three to four cups of green tea,
- a shake with 100 grams of duckweed.
Duckweed as a secret ingredient
It is widely known that walnuts and green tea are healthy. Yet Duckweed know most people only as “duckweed” on the pond. However, the green aquatic plant is rich in bioavailable protein, iron, vitamin B12 and other vitamins, minerals and polyphenols. Just as Substitute for meat consumption duckweed is ideal.
Not only calories but also nutritional quality counts
“We have learned from the results of our experiment that the quality of food is no less important than the number of calories consumed”stressed Professor in Iris Shaiwho led the study.
According to her, there is still a need to better understand the underlying mechanisms of how various nutrients such as polyphenols affect the rate of fat cell reduction and accumulation in the gut.
A “dramatic success”
„A 14 percent reduction in visceral fat is a dramatic achievement”have Dr. Hila Zelicha from the research team. According to her, weight loss is only a success if the loss is accompanied by a reduction in fatty tissue – especially visceral fat. (vb)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the requirements of medical specialist literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical professionals.
Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek
- Ben-Gurion University of the Negev: The Green Mediterranean Diet reduces Twice as Much Visceral Fat as the Mediterranean Diet and 10% more than a Healthy Diet (veröffentlicht: 28.11.2022), in.bgu.ac.il
- Hila Zelicha, Nora Kloting, Alon Kaplan, et al.: The effect of high-polyphenol Mediterranean diet on visceral adiposity: the DIRECT PLUS randomized controlled trial; in: BMC Medicine (2022), bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com
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