The MIND Diet
Review

by George Pierce
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The MIND Diet ranked the #3 overall diet (US News).  

The MIND Diet stands for Mediterranean-Dash Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.  It is combination of the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH Diet.  The goal of the MIND Diet is to prevent Alzheimer's Disease.  The diet focuses on foods that are considered to be brain healthy.

What is the MIND Diet?

Since the MIND Diet is about prevention of Alzheimer's Disease, it is based around eating from ten food groups that are healthy for our brain.  

Nuts
Berries
Green leafy vegetables
All other vegetables
Beans
Whole Grains
Wine
Olive oil
Poultry
Fish

The MIND Diet avoids foods such as red meats, cheeses, stick margarine, butter, fast food, fried food, sweets, and pastries.

The MIND Diet is a new kid on the block.  It was published online in Feb., 2015.  It is based on a 4.5 year study involving 923 seniors.   Alzheimer's Disease developed in 144 of the 923.  What was discovered is that the MIND Diet lowered Alzheimer's by around 35% for those who followed it fairly well.  The MIND Diet lowered Alzheimer's Disease by up to 53% for those who rigorously adhered to the diet.

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Does it work?

Although the Mind Diet is not intended to be a weight loss diet, its focus on healthy foods and avoidance of  fattening foods may help you to shed pounds.  

Positives:

It is fairly easy to use and was ranked #1 as being the easiest to follow.
It is a very healthy diet.
It will probably stave off Alzheimer's Disease.
It allows you to 'loosely' follow the diet.
It allows one glass of wine per day for women, two for men.
With it's stress on leafy greens which are high in fiber, you should not feel hungry.

Negatives:

It is not convenient when it comes to finding meals and recipes.
If you are a meat lover, you are limited to fewer than four portions of red meat per week.
You are allowed only one tablespoon of butter per week.
There are no caloric boundaries.

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Conclusion:

Although it is ranked as the easiest diet to follow, I strongly disagree.   I feel that the lack of available recipes, meals, menus, etc, makes the MIND Diet difficult.  As far as I am concerned it is  not easy.  In addition, I consider the fact that you can 'loosely' follow the MIND Diet to be more of a negative than a positive.  Add the fact that it has no caloric specifications and no proof of weight loss, I am disappointed.

The MIND Diet is a healthy diet and you, my readers, need and deserve a healthy diet, but you also need one that will help you lose weight.  As a healthy diet, I give it a thumbs up.   As a diet to fight Alzheimer's, I give it two thumbs.  

As a "weight loss diet", I feel that the MIND diet gets a thumbs down.

Thank you for reading, my friends, much success with your weight loss efforts.

Kindest regards,
George Pierce
Founder Win At Losing Weight

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