There are nutritionists and diet gurus who promote the concept where you can follow your diet on most days, but should reward yourself with occasional day when you indulge your cravings. New study shows that this approach negates many of the benefits you achieved during dieting. In fact, the study states that the amount of cheating is directly correlated with diminished benefits. Researchers observed older adults and measured cognitive decline in people who adhered to the Mediterranean diet at various degrees.
- When you cheat on your diet, combining it with unhealthy options, the benefits of your normal healthy diet seem to be diminished.
- Some research even shows that sticking with a Mediterranean diet lowers the risk of premature death by as much as 30 percent.
- The bottom line: the more we eat healthy foods like fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, vegetables, and fish, the better it is for the body and brain.
“Since the Mediterranean diet has been linked to lower rates of cognitive decline in aging adults, researchers conducted an observational study on 5,001 aging adults in Chicago.”