I’m Daniel DiTuro and welcome to italianmeddiet.com, the Internet extension of my books Live Longer and Healthier Eating Foods You Love: On a Southern Italian Mediterranean Diet published in 2009 and the Italian Mediterranean Diet Cookbook series, The New 700 Calorie Meals and 700 Calorie Meals Cookbook dedicated to sensible, sustainable diets, dieting and nutrition.
Diet’s Don’t Work!
Most diets, especially fad diets, fail. It is a proven fact.
Low carb, low fat, high protein, high fat, gluten-free, fast metabolism, and fat burner. It doesn’t matter what the diet plan is called, they do not work.
They are restrictive and unsustainable. The end result is zero weight loss or worse yet gaining more weight (i.e. fat).
Secret Formula For Success!
Every diet plan has a “secret formula” for rapid, permanent weight loss. It begs the question, “After over 40 years of miracle diet plans with the secret to successfully lose weight why are Americans fatter than ever?” Something is not working.
I have never dieted, and have maintained my ideal weight between 150 and 155 pounds for almost 40 years while eating bread, pasta, pizza, muffins, steak, tacos, eggs, cake, cookies, potatoes, and chocolate. You name it. I eat what I want and have never been overweight or needed cholesterol or blood pressure medication.
My diet does not include flax or chia seeds, kale, protein and energy bars and drinks or drink high caffeine energy drinks with zero calories.
Southern Italians eating a Mediterranean diet, in general, are healthier, have fewer chronic diseases and live longer than Americans on the Standard American Diet (SAD) of fast foods and prepared foods.
Real Food vs. Junk Food
My secret? I prefer eating real food not mass produced, multinational company manufactured junk foods, and fast foods loaded with calories, sodium, additives, fillers, preservatives, artificial colors, and flavors.
The beef tenderloin meal, yes the entire meal, pictured above has 300 less calories compared to the hamburger pictured below while providing more food by weight. And believe it or not, it costs less than many fast food meals. About 25% of the cost of a fast food item is for the food. The other 75% is for operating expenses including the CEOs private jet, chauffeur driving limousine, and 24 hour security.
Recipes With Instructional Videos
Many recipes on this site have free instructional videos covering all the ingredients in the recipe and method of preparation. You can access all videos on my YouTube channel.
Every recipe on this site and in my new series of cookbooks have complete nutrition information based on the USDA Nutrition Data Base. In some cases, the nutrition information on this website may differ slightly from the values in their associated video.
In that event the nutrition information in the video differs from the information in this site’s recipe, the information on this website is the most accurate. For recipes with a range of servings, for example 6 to 8 servings, nutrition information is always based on the largest portion size (6 servings) unlike processed foods which often base nutrition facts on unrealistically small portion sizes.
700 Calorie Meals
Beginning in 2015, I started adding sample meals ranging from 500 to 800 calories to help make healthier choices when eating at home or dining out. Most people who are overweight or obese eat too many calories for their activity level and research shows many dieters underestimate the number of calories they eat by up to 50 percent. If your healthy weight requires 2,000 to 2,500 calories per day and you eat 3,000 calories per day you will have a 3,000 calorie body.
Sample meals are based on recipes from my books and this website that have fewer calories and less saturated fat and sodium compared to processed foods, fast foods, and restaurant foods.
Nutrition information for popular prepared and foods and dozens of sample meals are in my books The New 700 Calorie Meals and 700 Calorie Meals Cookbook currently available in Kindle format from Amazon.com.
Healthy Home Cooking
Home cooking puts you in control of your health not corporate executives who answer to investors and Wall Street analysts. A fast food CEO summed up the industries position and his philosophy when he stated for the record:
“I sell what people want, not what they need.”
Food manufacturers and restaurants do not care if you eat too many calories and die of a heart attack or stroke from eating an unhealthy diet. Corporations embrace using preservatives, artificial ingredients, fillers to reduce costs while spending billions of dollars in advertising to lure you to eat food containing a long list of ingredients you would never use at home and are not even available to consumers. Granted, the FDA approves most preservatives and artificial ingredients used in the United States, but they also approved trans fat. In 2015 the FDA official banned the use of trans fat in United States. But trans fat will not disappear overnight. Companies have until 2018 to comply or request a waiver. Reduced FDA oversight, currently allows food companies to use untested man-made ingredients in prepared foods.
Take control of your diet. Live longer, live healthier, and live happier. It is easier than you think.
This site is dedicated to helping you eat better and achieve your diet and nutrition goals.