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The Advanced Mediterranean Diet: Lose Weight, Feel Better, Live Longer (Volume 1)

July 27th, 2012

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The author's goal is to help overweight people lose weight while eating Mediterranean-style, ultimately leading to better health and longevity. The traditional Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, olive oil, fish, judicious amounts of wine, with minimal saturated fats. Scientists in the mid-20th century found that this diet, coupled with an active lifestyle, was associated with longer life and less chronic disease. Over the last 10 years, nutrition researchers have identified which components of the Mediterranean diet, and in what amounts, lead to the observed health and longevity benefits. Dr. Steve Parker (M.D.), enhances the traditional Mediterranean diet by incorporating these latest scientific breakthroughs. The book begins with a review of nutrition and physiology, then discusses the the consequences of overweight and obesity, and the benefits of exercise. Next is a review of psychological issues surrounding body weight, and determination of an individual's reasonable goal weight. After this foundation is laid, Dr. Parker explains the details of his weight-loss plan. Most diet books allow for only one or two levels of caloric intake. Here, four different eating plans are laid out: 1100, 1500, 1900, and 2300 calories. The recommended caloric intake is determined by the individual's sex and current weight. This is not a low-fat or low-carbohydrate diet. The eating plan approximates the traditional Mediterranean diet by suggesting the optimal intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains, dairy products, olive oil, meat, chicken, eggs, and fish. Wine is optional. Dieters choose from an extensive list of doctor-approved foods that are readily available at supermarkets. Easy recipes are provided but are optional. The author specifies how much of which nutrients confer the health and longevity benefits. For example, fish is in the traditional Mediterranean diet, but how much and what kind yield the health benefits? The author's clear answer: two servings per week of, preferably, cold-water fatty fish such as trout, salmon, or tuna. After explaining how physical activity helps with weight loss and prevention of weight regain, Dr. Parker teaches even the most sedentary reader how to implement a mild-to-moderate exercise program. He also emphasizes the importance of physical activity for prevention of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, dementia, and heart attacks. A chapter is devoted to adaptation of the program by people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Later chapters explain the pros and cons of weight-loss (bariatric) surgery and weight-loss pills and nutritional supplements. The last chapter discusses long-term weight control issues and prevention of weight regain. The appendix has a recommended reading list (bibliography), list of helpful Internet resources, and recipes. Two hundred specific scientific journal articles and books are listed as the basis for the author's opinions and recommendations. An index is provided.


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Weight Loss Books The author's goal is to help overweight people lose weight while eating Mediterranean-style, ultimately leading to better health and longevity. The traditional Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, olive oil, fish, judicious amounts of wine, with minimal saturated fats. Scientists in the mid-20th century found that this diet, coupled with an active lifestyle, was associated with longer life and less chronic disease. Over the last 10 years, nutrition researchers have identified which components of the Mediterranean diet, and in what amounts, lead to the observed health and longevity benefits. Dr. Steve Parker (M.D.), enhances the traditional Mediterranean diet by incorporating these latest scientific breakthroughs. The book begins with a review of nutrition and physiology, then discusses the the consequences of overweight and obesity, and the benefits of exercise. Next is a review of psychological issues surrounding body weight, and determination of an individual's reasonable goal weight. After this foundation is laid, Dr. Parker explains the details of his weight-loss plan. Most diet books allow for only one or two levels of caloric intake. Here, four different eating plans are laid out: 1100, 1500, 1900, and 2300 calories. The recommended caloric intake is determined by the individual's sex and current weight. This is not a low-fat or low-carbohydrate diet. The eating plan approximates the traditional Mediterranean diet by suggesting the optimal intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains, dairy products, olive oil, meat, chicken, eggs, and fish. Wine is optional. Dieters choose from an extensive list of doctor-approved foods that are readily available at supermarkets. Easy recipes are provided but are optional. The author specifies how much of which nutrients confer the health and longevity benefits. For example, fish is in the traditional Mediterranean diet, but how much and what kind yield the health benefits? The author's clear answer: two servings per week of, preferably, cold-water fatty fish such as trout, salmon, or tuna. After explaining how physical activity helps with weight loss and prevention of weight regain, Dr. Parker teaches even the most sedentary reader how to implement a mild-to-moderate exercise program. He also emphasizes the importance of physical activity for prevention of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, dementia, and heart attacks. A chapter is devoted to adaptation of the program by people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Later chapters explain the pros and cons of weight-loss (bariatric) surgery and weight-loss pills and nutritional supplements. The last chapter discusses long-term weight control issues and prevention of weight regain. The appendix has a recommended reading list (bibliography), list of helpful Internet resources, and recipes. Two hundred specific scientific journal articles and books are listed as the basis for the author's opinions and recommendations. An index is provided.
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  1. Patricia A. Wilie
    July 28th, 2012 at 22:13 | #1

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    There is so much knowledge in these books about the Mediterranean Diet. This is not a “diet” but a way of life. This is how I grew up eating and just got away from it and am so sorry that I did. I’ve taken to eating “junk” like most everyone else. This is a very healthy way of eating and very easy and full of flavors in everything you eat. To have to chose between eating this way and the “American” way the Mediterranean way would win hands down every time.

  2. Gus Pappas
    July 29th, 2012 at 00:36 | #2

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    The Advanced Mediterranean Diet is a great book and I can not recommend it highly enough for those looking for a change in the way they live their lives. The Advanced Mediterranean Diet is more than just a “diet” book, it provides detailed explanations of human physiology, explains in great detail the impact of different foods on the body. The Mediterranean diet is explained well, and the author does a fantastic job of highlighting the many benefits of it and how it can even reverse the effects of medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. The book also puts a heavy emphasis on the importance of exercise, and even gives you a variety of ideas to keep exercising from becoming boring and tedious. On the Dieting side of things, this book offers four different dieting plans based off gender, current weight and activity level, ultimately giving you a diet that will produce results without leaving you starving. On top of all of this, the website for the book is great and offers an opportunity for interaction with the author via Dr. Parker’s blog, which is updated regularly. All in all, it seems as if Dr. Parker has gone to great lengths to make The Advanced Mediterranean Diet a refection of his passion for making healthy living in our hustle bustle world both easily manageable and enjoyable. Once again I cannot recommend this book enough!!! Kudos, Dr. Parker!

  3. Eleanor James
    July 29th, 2012 at 15:55 | #3

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    The catch phrase “Feel better, Live longer” caught my eye. I don’t need to lose weight. I do want to be healthy! And the quick recipes with not too much preparation time (or too much food to eat) is just right for me. I eat little but often. I find this system works for me pretty well. Grape Nuts and yogurt; breakfast burrito, and others… just what I like!

  4. Joel Gates
    July 30th, 2012 at 07:57 | #4

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    I enjoyed this book a great deal. It has some tangible benefits over other diet books. One thing I liked is that it provides the scientific background for every piece of the plan so you can judge for yourself the basis of the diet. I especially appreciate that the diet does promise results, but does not over-promise. No false promises.

    The book advocates physical fitness, which I feel is essential. Most importantly though, the diet plan is customizable and can be followed long-term. Many “fad diets” fail because of the lack of variety. This diet is designed to be lived long term.

    The food recommendations are very healthy and will be recognized by readers of Men’s Health as powerfoods so I feel very good recommending this book to anyone looking for a healthier way to eat!

  5. C. Davis
    August 1st, 2012 at 03:58 | #5

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    This book shows you why eating a Mediterranean diet is healthy. It also tells you what to eat daily. Good info. I highly recommend it if you’re looking to lose weight or eat a healthier diet.

  6. Firas Joudeh
    August 1st, 2012 at 19:47 | #6

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    I am very familiar with diet books , This is the first book which makes it very easy and enjoyable to learn about the mediterranean diet. It is a joy to read , Dr.Parker has done a superp job in talking about what’s on every person mind about diet.

    Dr.Parker even touch on gastric bypass surgery and other ways to loose weight…the book has many tables and charts which make organizing someone’s diet is very easy……it is a must read for any one serious about getting better way to eat and live healtheir…This book is a wonderful gift…

  7. Katie W. Monticone
    August 1st, 2012 at 20:48 | #7

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    This is well written and easy to understand. I am trying out the ideas in this book.

  8. Needy dieter
    August 3rd, 2012 at 07:12 | #8

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    This is the best diet book I have ever read. It is clear, positive, informative and gives you a great consistent motivation. It is healthy and changes your whole attitude toward eating with common sense, easy to understand scientific and medical facts. Some of the images and helps I will never forget.

  9. M. Carter
    August 4th, 2012 at 18:44 | #9

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    This book has a lot of good information but I would have liked for it to include more meal plans and recipes. I was able to take the basics and expand on my own using the internet as a resource for recipes. I have yet to find a really good book on the Mediterranean diet, don’t know why that is as this is a hot topic right now, one would think there would be a plethora out there.

  10. Kenneth J. Dillon
    August 5th, 2012 at 14:51 | #10

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    Without a trace of hype, Dr. Parker combines clinical experience, knowledge of the scientific literature, and a down-to-earth approach to convey his very sensible dietary prescriptions to the average reader. He inserts handy thumbnail sketches of physiology and nutritional science, explains the health benefits and precautions, and includes chapters on anti-obesity drugs, bariatric surgery, and the special concerns of diabetics. Far from being a martinet, Dr. Parker shows great flexibility in the application of his earnestly argued diet. If you deviate from his diet, he is quick to understand and gently nudge you back onto the right path. To ensure that you are in charge, he gives you a dozen options in each of the food groups, then provides some simple, practical recipes for putting them together. He also explains in some detail how you can best go about getting exercise. And, most disarmingly, he levels with you about his own weaknesses regarding food while showing sympathy for yours. All this within the framework of the Mediterranean Diet, the proven best way to maintain weight–or perhaps to lose it permanently, if you follow Dr. Parker’s guidance. I rate this as one of the best of the diet books.

  11. Joan Noe Johnson
    August 5th, 2012 at 20:13 | #11

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    I found this to be a very straightforward and informational book on nutrition and diet. Dr. Parker does a nice job of providing a technical overview and translating the information to real life stories that he has encountered during his medical practice. The book ends up with quick and easy recipes to get you started on the right path to better health and nutrition.

    Joan Johnson

  12. Chain link
    August 8th, 2012 at 01:36 | #12

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    Really good book. It distills the important facts about how to choose healthy foods and the real danger that not doing so is more than likely to lead to major health problems.

    The real-life examples give it a human dimension. It even has some flavorful recipes to get you started.

    But the ultimate value of “The Advanced Mediterranean Diet” is that it takes the strongest research findings and explains how to pick delicious stuff that keeps you healthy. Learn those principles and you’ll have everything you need right in your head to know what to eat — no booklets or calorie counting needed.

  13. Midwest Book Review
    August 8th, 2012 at 02:16 | #13

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    Obesity is an epidemic plaguing America, the rates outright doubling in the past 25 years. “The Advanced Mediterranean Diet: Lose Weight, Feel Better, Live Longer” presents the reader with proven ‘Mediterranean Diet’ – said to prolong life and reduce rates of chronic disease. It is not a diet for bland tastes either, trumping a focus on many things – whole grains, nuts, fruits, fish, wine, and much more. Dr. Steve Parker has nearly a quarter of a century of experience in practicing medicine, and has had a focus on effective weight loss strategies. Enhanced with indexes, bibliographies, quick and easy recipes, and more, “The Advanced Mediterranean Diet: Lose Weight, Feel Better, Live Longer” is highly recommended to anyone trying to get themselves into better shape and community library health collections.

  14. K. A. Rokavec, MD
    August 8th, 2012 at 05:52 | #14

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    As someone who has always struggled with weight, I am always looking for books on healthy eating plans that are based on facts and scientific studies. As a physician, I am also looking for books that I can recommend to my patients, no matter how much weight they want to lose or what other health problems they have. “The Advanced Mediterranean Diet” not only gave me a diet plan, it helped me to really understand how diet can help prevent and treat many diseases, even cancer – things I never learned in medical school! It is written in language everyone can understand and contains stories of real people who have been helped by the plan.

    It also contains information on diet pills and bariatric surgery pros/cons, the importance of excercise, food choices and recipes that follow the plan (the Santa Fe soup is fantastic!).

    I highly recommend this book as a comprehensive plan for everyone, no gimmicks or fad diets. This is a great plan for life!

  15. Hilary K. Nelsen
    August 10th, 2012 at 02:42 | #15

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    I first found Dr. Parker on the internet. I really liked his website, so I bought the book. Everything he talks about in the general sense of dieting is great. He talks in a common sense way that pulls the information you have heard about how to lose weight into an easy read. After all that, I’m still not sure where the Mediterranean way of eating comes into play. Not much in the way of recepies

    to work with. I did like the recommended reading in the back that will probably lead me to the menus I want.

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