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New Nordic diet doubles weight loss, reduces cholesterol, say researchers

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We usually don't say the word "delicious" in the same sentence as "diet." But a new weight loss plan, called the New Nordic Diet, just may change the way that we think about dieting. Researchers have discovered that the New Nordic Diet significantly boosts weight loss while reducing "bad" cholesterol, making it a game changer in the diet world, reported the Sydney Morning Herald on December 1.

Those who followed the diet in one study lost twice as much as those eating a typical diet. In another study of obese individuals, those who shifted both lost weight and showed a significant improvement in cholesterol levels.

Before you get side-tracked by the name, it's important to recognize the foundation. The principles are simple: Eat locally and focus on healthy fats.

"Like the Mediterranean diet, the Nordic diet is rich in omega-3 fats and mono-unsaturated fats, low in saturated fats and high in fiber and lean proteins," dietitian Geraldine Georgeou explained.

She emphasizes the benefits of this plan for both its flavor and health. Learn more by reading "The Nordic Diet: Using Local and Organic Food to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle" (click for details).

Here are some tips from Geraldine on implementing the diet:

  • Use rye, not wheat, and enjoy an open-faced sandwich. Rye bread contains slowly digesting fiber.
  • Use canola oil, also known as rapeseed oil. "We know olive oil is healthy, but the cold-pressed variety of rapeseed oil is even lower in saturated fat and richer in omega-3s," says Georgeou.
  • Eat berries, from blueberries to strawberries to raspberries. "They're packed with vitamins and antioxidants and are known to help with anti-aging."
  • Enjoy oily fish. "Oily fish is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats, which studies show can help with weight loss," says Georgeou. Tip: Try mashing herring with lemon juice and diced scallions.
  • Go crazy for kale and other greens, such as cabbage. ""They've all got great disease-fighting antioxidants and are packed with B-group vitamins," says Georgeou. Tip: Get a recipe for making your own healthy kale chips by clicking here.
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