Posted by: 4pack | January 23, 2009

“Ideal Diet” Update: Mediterranean Diet, In Spanish Medical Study, Is Superior In Preventing “Weight Gain” In Study Group

FOUR PACKS FEELS LIKE SGT. JOE FRIDAY FROM “DRAGNET” WITH THIS POST…”JUST THE FACTS, MA’AM”…THE INITIAL “WEIGHT LOSS” IS ONE THING…IT’S PREVENTING THE “WEIGHT GAIN” THAT’S THE KEY AND THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET WITH IT’S EMPHASIS ON FRUITS AND VEGETABLES IS CITED HERE AS BEING KEY TO KEEPING THE WEIGHT OFF….READ BELOW

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“…the researchers found that increased fruit and vegetable intake was associated with significantly lower risk of a medium Weight Gain (3,41 kg) over 10 years among adults of a Spanish Mediterranean population…”

Dietary strategies to increase fruit and vegetable intake to prevent and control overweight and obesity should be promoted more vigorously.

The researchers concluded that dietary patterns associated with a high intake of fruits and vegetables in Mediterranean populations may reduce long-term risk of subsequent Weight Gain and obesity among adults.

 

 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090122081334.htm

The scientists performed a 10-year follow-up study with healthy participants (206) aged 15-80 years at baseline in 1994, who participated in a nutrition survey in Valencia, Spain. Data on diet, lifestyle factors, and body weight were obtained in 1994 and 2004 using a food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) and direct measurements. The average (WG) over the study period was 3.41 kg.

The data analysis of this study was limited by the number of participants. The researchers did not perform separate analyses for men and women and groups for statistical reasons (lack of sufficient statistical power). Concerning gender differences there are some studies which have demonstrated different associations between food group intake and weight changes among men and women.

In conclusion, the researchers found that increased fruit and vegetable intake was associated with significantly lower risk of a medium WG (3,41 kg) over 10 years among adults of a Spanish Mediterranean population. Dietary strategies to increase fruit and vegetable intake to prevent and control overweight and obesity should be promoted more vigorously. The researchers concluded that dietary patterns associated with a high intake of fruits and vegetables in Mediterranean populations may reduce long-term risk of subsequent WG and obesity among adults.

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