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Western Connecticut Medical Group Cardiologist Dr. Jeffrey Schmierer Discusses the Value of a Mediterranean Diet for Weight Loss

Jeffery Schmierer, M.D. Jeffery A. Schmierer, M.D.
Medical Director, Western Connecticut Medical Group Cardiovascular Services
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"No matter what I do, I can't lose weight! Does this sound familiar,"asks Dr. Jeffrey A. Schmierer, Medical Director, Western Connecticut Medical Group Cardiovascular Services. Many of us think we eat well, but do we? Is it how much we eat or what we eat that's more important, or is it both? "The reality is that what you eat determines how much you can eat," said Dr. Schmierer. "This is because of the different amounts of calories in different food types."

According to Dr. Schmierer, processed foods, simple sugars (baked goods, candy, pastry), fatty meats, dairy products (whole milk, cheese, butter, ice cream), anything fried, and deserts are high in calories. Alternatively, a Mediterranean type diet, one rich in fish, poultry (without the skin), lean meats, beans, salads (easy on the dressing), vegetables, fruits, nuts (a fistful a day), and olive oil (extra virgin) is much lower in calories.

"Getting an idea of your daily caloric intake is very important, especially if you are having trouble losing weight," said Dr. Schmierer. The best way to do this would be to keep a food log writing down everything you eat so you can count calories. "An easier way to do this is with a smart phone app or website 'myfitnesspal' for example. This will help to transition to a lower calorie diet and lower daily calorie intake," said Dr. Schmierer. "You will lose weight when you burn more calories than you eat so daily exercise is important."

Most of us need to both eat less and eat better. Healthier eating and weight loss is possible by tracking calories, gradually changing to a lower calorie, Mediterranean type diet, decreasing portion sizes and snacking on vegetables, fruit, or a handful of nuts.

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Date posted - 07/16/2013