In 2009, I began work on a comprehensive adapation of the healthy Mediterranean diet that would be suitable for people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, helping them control blood sugar levels. I finalized the adaptation in 2010. Turns out it also helps non-diabetics lose weight. Click for a free version of . . . The Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet.
Its foundation is the Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet, a very-low-carbohydrate diet. Both LCMD and KMD can be followed by diabetics and non-diabetics. Non-diabetics can visit Amazon.com for the full, comprehensive programs: KMD: Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet and The Advanced Mediterranean Diet:Lose Weight, Feel Better, Live Longer (2nd Edition).
I formulated the Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet before the Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet. Many Ketogenic dieters were interested in expanding their carbohydrate options and consumption. The Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet does that while aiming to control both excess weight and high blood sugar levels in diabetics, prediabetics, and people with metabolic syndrome.
Non-diabetics on the KMD may continue with it or move on to the Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet if they wish.
The Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet (LCMD) is the world’s first published low-carbohydrate Mediterranean diet, by the way. How low-carb? The KMD supplies about 5% of energy (calories) as carbohydrate; the LCMD goes to the 10–20% range. By way of reference, most people eat around 55% of caloric intake as carbs.
Both the Ketogenic and Low-Carb Mediterranean Diets are also in my book, Conquer Diabetes and Prediabetes: The Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet, published in 2011. The book provides recipes, a week of menus, instruction on exercise, discussion of all available diabetic medications, advice on prevention of weight regain, lists of delicious doctor-approved foods, 71 scientific references, an annotated bibliography, and an index. All measurements are given both in U.S. customary and metric units. The book’s available at Amazon.com, the Kindle Store, and Smashwords (multiple e-book formats).
My goal with the Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet project has been to help my personal patients with type 2 diabetes gain the health benefits of the traditional Mediterranean diet: longer lifespan and lower rates of heart attack, stroke, cancer, and dementia, for example. It’s my sincere hope that it benefits others as well.
Disclaimer: All matters regarding your health require supervision by a personal physician or other appropriate health professional familiar with your current health status. Always consult your personal physician before making any dietary or exercise changes.
PS: Originally called “Diabetic Mediterranean Diet” in March, 2010, I changed the name to Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet in July, 2010.
Last page modification date: February 14, 2012