The Omega Diet

The Omega Diet

The Omega Diet is based on a book by Artemis P. Simonpoulos and Jo Robinson titled "The Best of the Mediterranean Diets." It is called a life saving nutritional program and is based upon the diet of the Island of Crete. 

The Premise

The Omega Diet is based upon the idea that by eating certain foods you will reduce your risk or heart disease and cancer, create a "smart" immune system, enhance your mood and learning ability and achieve and maintain a healthy weight. You will, in fact, restore your body's essential nutritional balance. The foods that are on the diet are high in omega-3 fats. If you eat those foods instead of foods with omega-6 fats you will be healthier and lose weight, although weight loss is a secondary factor in the omega diet and not the primary reason for the diet. Your primary reason for following the Omega Diet is to adopt a new lifestyle and a new way of life.

The Diet

The following are foods that are allowed on the diet:

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Walnuts
  • Flax seeds
  • Legumes
  • Whole Grains every day
  • One ounce of cheese per day for protein
  • Use only canola oil
  • No white bread or pasta only brown
  • No artificial or processed foods

Things to Consider 

In addition to the weight loss which will naturally follow from this diet, you may notice a general feeling of well-being after following the Omega Diet for a period of time. The Omega Diet is not a cure all but it is a dramatic change in the interaction between you and your food. Once you make that change, you will get excited and that excitement will cause you to stick with the diet. Your new sense of life will include the loss of weight and a new feeling towards your body.

If you are looking to lose weight quickly the Omega Diet is not for you. It is not a quick weight loss plan. If you want to change your lifestyle and the way you approach eating then it is a good alternative. You will have to change not only the foods you select but the way you eat. You will switch over to fresh foods and more than likely you will need more time to prepare your meals and you will have to grocery shop more often. So only consider the omega diet if you are willing to change your lifestyle. You will see the rewards from the changes but you have to be willing to make the commitment.

The Verdict

The Omega Diet can change the way you look at food and your relationship to eating. You can adapt a new outlook on life and become a different person. However, you must be committed to that change.