Healthy and Slim

Perfect Body

Introducing The ‘Atlantic’ Diet – better for slashing cholesterol, weight and beer bellies than the Mediterranean, according to experts

The Mediterranean diet has long been lauded as the world’s healthiest eating plan.

The diet, which emphasizes lean protein, seafood, and healthy fats like olive oil, has mountains of studies pointing to its benefits. 

These include weight loss, lowered risk of heart disease, and even warding off dementia. 

However, a new study suggests that an up-and-coming diet could dethrone Mediterranean plan and halve the risk of metabolic syndrome, which can lead diabetes, high blood prssure, and heart disease.  

Researchers in Spain recruited more than 200 familes and assigned roughly half to follow the Atlantic diet, an eating plan derived from Spain and Portugal that emphasizes stews, baked and boiled foods, rather than roasted in fat or fried, as well as local, seasonal options. 

Those who stuck to the Atlantic diet instead of their normal foods for six months ‘significantly reduced the incidence of metabolic syndrome,’ including improvements in waist circumference, weight, and HDL (good) cholesterol levels. 

Only three percent of participants following the plan developed a decline in the above health markers, compared to six percent in the other group. 

However, blood pressure and glucose – blood sugar – levels stayed the same.

The Atlantic diet prioritizes foods found in Spain and Portugal, including local and seasonal picks like fish, <a href=healthy fats, and nuts” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” /

The Atlantic diet prioritizes foods found in Spain and Portugal, including local and seasonal picks like fish, healthy fats, and nuts

One of the key aspects of the Atlantic diet is stewing, boiling, and grilling foods. Stewing has been shown to reduce the amount of harmful additives that can lead to heart disease and dementia

One of the key aspects of the Atlantic diet is stewing, boiling, and grilling foods. Stewing has been shown to reduce the amount of harmful additives that can lead to heart disease and dementia

Michelle Routhenstein, a registered dietitian nutritionist at EntirelyNourished, who was not involved in the study, told Healthline: ‘The Atlantic Diet presents significant potential for enhancing health due to its emphasis on nutrient-dense foods and family-oriented

Read the rest

Whole body cryostimulation may help treat obesity: Study

Whole-body cryotherapy is a kind of therapy where we expose ourselves to very cold temperatures for a small duration.

Whole body cryostimulation is a useful “add-on” treatment for obesity, research being presented at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Dublin, Ireland (17-20 May) suggests.

Levels of cholesterol and other blood fats improved twice as much in individuals living with obesity who were exposed to extreme cold for a short period of time, compared with individuals given a sham treatment.

Those who had whole body cryostimulation (WBC) also experienced a greater reduction in waist circumference and in blood sugar levels.

Dr Jacopo Fontana, of the Istituto Auxologico Piancavallo IRCCS, Italy, said: “We know from previous research that WBC can have powerful effects on the human body.

“It can increase the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, as well as act as a novel anti-inflammatory and antioxidant treatment, which together can have beneficial effects on body composition including the proportion of adipose tissue.

“A growing body of work suggests that WBC is useful adjuvant, or add-on, therapy for a range of conditions, namely rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions and long COVID.

“We wanted to investigate its potential adjuvant role in the treatment of obesity.”

Dr Fontana and colleagues studied the effect of WBC on body composition, blood pressure, heart rate variability, lipid and haematological profiles and physical performance in individuals living with obesity.

29 participants (12 men and 17 women, BMI >30 kg/m2) were hospitalised for a multidisciplinary rehabilitation programme (which included a personalised diet plan, psychological support and supervised physical activity) and non-randomly allocated either to a group receiving 10 2-min WBC sessions at minus 110°C in a cryochamber over two weeks (WBC) or a control group receiving the same intervention at non-cryostimulating temperatures of minus

Read the rest

Expert recommends walking every day to better heart health

Dr Watson, from Wellgood Wellbeing, elaborated: “Walking lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of diabetes and lowers cholesterol.”

A healthy blood pressure reading is between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg, the NHS says.

As for diabetes, too much sugar in the blood can damage the blood vessels that supply the heart with oxygenated blood.

And high levels of cholesterol can clump together and settle along artery walls, thereby restricting blood flow to the heart.

Dr Watson told Stylist that taking steps every day boosts levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein) which, in turn, lowers levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.

READ MORE: Four fruit juices that could slash your risk of heart disease – high in potassium

Thus, by walking, you are able to protect the heart from blood glucose and bad cholesterol.

The NHS recommends everybody to move for at least 150 minutes each week.

To have it count towards improved cardiovascular health, it’s crucial that you feel that little bit warmer while walking.

In addition to incorporating walking into your daily life, another area you can work on to improve your heart health is nutrition.

Nutritionist Hannah Hope said: “Lowering red meat consumption can help to reduce cholesterol and support your heart health.

“Rather than opting for red meat, aim for a diet high in fruits, vegetables, oily fish and poultry.”

British Heart Foundation dietitian Victor Taylor added: “Most of us could benefit from a traditional Mediterranean-style diet.

“This means eating less meat, and more fish and plant-based protein, such as lentils, nuts and seeds, but also plenty of fruit, vegetables and wholegrains.”

How to protect your heart

The Mayo Clinic urges people to refrain from smoking or using tobacco – or even inhaling secondhand smoke.

“Chemicals in tobacco can damage the heart and blood vessels,” the organisation notes.

Read the rest