This diet is based on the eating habits of people living in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, such as Greece, Italy, and Spain.
This variation focuses even more heavily on plant foods, with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and olive oil.
For those who prefer to include animal products in their diet, this variation emphasizes lean sources of protein like fish, seafood, poultry, and occasionally eggs.
It's suitable for those who want to reap the benefits of the Mediterranean diet while still enjoying some animal products in moderation.
While the traditional Mediterranean diet is moderate in carbohydrates, some people may prefer a lower-carb approach.
This variation of the Mediterranean diet focuses on portion control and calorie moderation to support weight loss goals.