The Greek Diet: Look and Feel like a Greek God or Goddess and Lose up to Ten Pounds in Two Weeks, In English, written by Maria Loi and Sarah Toland
Lose weight and feel great by indulging in the world's healthiest and most delicious diet Maria Loi, gourmet chef, restaurateur, and public personality, is widely regarded as "the Martha Stewart of Greece." Maria has cooked at the White House for President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and 250 guests. She has written ten cookbooks in Greece, including the official cookbook for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and has her own public television cooking series, Cooking at Loi. Born in the tiny village of Thermo, where she learned the flavors, food traditions, and recipes of Greece. Her restaurant, Kouzina Maria Loi, is in idyllic seaside Nafpaktos. Maria is the ambassador of Greek food and Greek olive oil for the Chef's Club of Greece and is well known for her Loi Pasta and Loi Greek Yogurt. She is a founder of Elpida ("hope"), a foundation to support children with cancer. Maria lives in New York City but stays close to her Greek roots and visits her family frequently.
Ancient Greeks ate for pleasure, regularly enjoying wine and rich ingredients like olive oil and honey with their legendary feasts. The Greeks were known for their Adonis-like physiques, and their bodies were immortalized in sculpture as a standard of beauty and sensuality. Today, centuries later, new studies prove that the Mediterranean diet, with its trademark staples like wine, yogurt, and coffee, is the healthiest food plan in the world. Research shows that it is especially noted for reducing the risk of diabetes, improving heart health, and sharpening the mind with foods rich in omega-3s. Now, in The Greek Diet, world-renowned chef Maria Loi—who grew up in a small Greek village where she learned to cook from family recipes—has teamed up with veteran health-journalist Sarah Toland, and the two have combined their individual areas of expertise to bring the weight-loss and health benefits of the traditional Greek diet straight to your table.
Structured around the twelve Pillar Foods of the Mediterranean diet, The Greek Diet offers easy-to-follow meal plans to jump-start your weight loss and improve your overall health, including one hundred authentic, mouthwatering Greek recipes using whole foods and unprocessed ingredients. The plans can be modified to fit any lifestyle, including gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives. Also included are tips for incorporating exercise and improving sleep—both metabolism boosters—into your Greek lifestyle. On this diet, there is no starving; no calorie counting; no long, grueling hours at the gym; and no restrictive plans that force you to give up foodie favorites like carbs, caffeine, or alcohol.
More than just a weight-loss plan, The Greek Diet is a path back to health and a way of eating that is not only sustainable but completely satisfying and enjoyable. Once you learn how good it tastes (and how good you'll feel) eating Greek, you'll never want or need another diet again. So go ahead and indulge; your body and your taste buds will thank you.
Sarah Toland is a veteran health-journalist and former Olympic-level athlete. Before collaborating with Maria on The Greek Diet, Sarah was the senior health editor of Men's Journal, where she helped write and shape investigative features on nutrition, exercise, and weight loss. She has appeared regularly as a weight-loss expert for the Fox News Channel and made on-air appearances on ABC and CBS.Prior to her role at Men's Journal, she was the editor-in-chief of Inside Triathlon, an internationally syndicated health and fitness magazine. Sarah has worked as a health and fitness reporter for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Delicious Living, and Alternative Medicine, among other national publications.