Celebrities who have followed the Mediterranean diet – Insider

Celebrities who have followed the Mediterranean diet – Insider

The Mediterranean diet centers around foods traditionally eaten in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

A traditional Turkish breakfast with olives, eggs, tomatoes, onions, and cheese.

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The Mediterranean diet isn’t exactly a diet — it’s an eating principle featuring foods typical in countries such as Greece, Italy, and Spain. There are no strict rules on exactly what, when, and how much to eat — instead, it focuses on the general cuisine. 

As Insider has reported, a Mediterranean diet is:

  • High in plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes
  • Moderate amount of lean protein from fish and, to a lesser extent, poultry and eggs
  • Moderate amount of wine
  • Low in saturated fats from red meat and dairy products
  • Low in processed carbs and sugars

Research suggests the Mediterranean diet is linked to a longer, healthier life. In January 2023, it was ranked the best diet for the sixth year in a row by a panel of experts for US News & World Report, Insider’s Gabby Landsverk reported.

Research suggests eating the foods in the Mediterranean diet can benefit your heart and brain, lower the risk of diabetes, and aid in weight loss, depending on your meal plan.


John Goodman lost 200 pounds while following the Mediterranean diet.

John Goodman in 2023.

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The “Roseanne” star worked with fitness guru Mackie Shilstone to help lose weight after he hit 400 pounds over a decade ago.

Shilstone told the New York Post that she’d gotten Goodman on a “Mediterranean-style eating plan,” which the Post described as “one that leans heavily toward fish, nuts, olive oil, vegetables and fruit,” in 2015, when he’d lost 100 pounds.

“In the old days, I would take three months out, lose 60 or 70 pounds, and then reward myself with a six-pack or whatever and just go back to my old habits,” Goodman told ABC in 2017, Page Six reported. “This time, I wanted to do it slowly. Move, exercise. I’m getting to the age where I can’t afford to sit still anymore.”

He’s now lost 200 pounds. He also cut drinking, and now he tries to take between 10,000 to 12,000 steps a day.

Selena Gomez has said she drinks olive oil before going on stage.

Selena Gomez attends the 2023 Golden Globes.

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In 2021, Gomez’s trainer, Amy Rosoff Davis, shared with Byrdie what she recommended Gomez ate while on tour.

“Last year on Selena’s ‘Revival’ tour, I made sure the dressing room always had veggies and protein and brown rice or whole grains,” Davis said.

“I made a lot of rice bowls with veggies, protein, and avocado for Selena. It helped give her energy and stamina, which she needed to get through her shows. I also made healthy chicken salad with grapes and celery — it quenched …….

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