The Aegean diet will improve your health, there is no question about that. However, if you are looking to lose weight while following this specific eating plan, you will need to do a few things.
First of all, you will have to restrict your caloric intake for the day. Approximately 1500 calories per day should have the right effect. Depending on how much weight you have to lose, you may start out at around 2000 calories per day, but should work toward slowly lowering it down to the 1500 or so.
Simply reducing the amount of calories per day will result in some weight loss on this diet. However, for better results, you need to exercise. Moderate exercise is fine. There is particular need to go to the gym for hours every week, though if you wish to do this, you may find yourself losing more weight a lot faster. Walking is a great way to get exercise. It will help accelerate your weight lose while not requiring any special equipment or training. Exercise is an essential key to losing weight while following the Aegean diet and for maintaining overall health.
The consumption of alcohol while following this diet is acceptable, especially wine. However, excess drinking is discouraged. Drinking too much damages your body and it will also retard your weight loss. However, moderate drinking is actually encouraged. Wine, especially red wine, has been shown to have overall health benefits. When consumed with the other healthy foods in the Aegean diet, it can stave of disease. No more than a glass or two is recommended per day, however. Most Greeks will drink their alcohol with their meals. If you do not wish to do that, a glass or two before bed will not cause you any particular harm either.
Following the Aegean way of eating is a great way to prolong your life. Studies have shown that people who have made the Aegean diet a part of their lifestyle have about a 20 percent chance of dying to heart disease, cancers, and other fatal diseases than those who do not follow the diet. That is simply from eating the proper foods. Exercising and moderate drinking increase these benefits dramatically, up to 65% chance over 10 years. These are rather large numbers and it is worth considering switching to a diet based upon the traditional Greek or Aegean diet.