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Mediterranean Diet Tops List of 'Livable' Diets

Keeping It Off

“Most anyone can lose weight, but keeping it off is the harder part,” says Nancy Copperman, RD. She is the director of public health initiatives at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in Great Neck, N.Y.

“The Mediterranean diet seems to be the winner,” she says. “This is a livable diet and has positive physiologic benefits.”

But whether Mediterranean, low-carb, or another eating plan, choosing a diet that best fits with your lifestyle is a key to long-term success, Copperman says. It is more than just diet: “Getting regular physical activity also counts,” she says. “All in all, this is very impressive to me that so many participants kept going.”

Allison Krall, RD, is a dietitian from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. She reviewed the study for WebMD. “The Mediterranean diet won out overall. It is a more balanced diet with more options and choices,” she says. “Finding ways of eating that a person can stick to over the long haul is the key to losing weight and keeping it off because yo-yo dieting is dangerous.”

Preventive cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, is a big fan of the Mediterranean diet.

“Everyone can go on a diet and eventually they go off,” she says. "It is really about making healthy choices that you can live with over the long haul.”

Low-carb diets are restrictive and tend to be hard to stick to. “Choose a diet that is best for you, but is not too restrictive.” This is where the Mediterranean diet shines, she says. “It includes all food groups including whole grains and healthy carbs, so it is easier to stick with.”

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