Dig into this ancient diet to slash your heart risks in half
Don't like exercise? Don't worry -- I've got a workout you're going to love.
All you have to do is rip off a hunk of freshly baked whole-grain bread, dip it into a plate of olive oil, and lift it to your mouth.
Eat... and repeat.
Whole grains and olive oil are at the heart of the ancient Mediterranean style diet, and new research shows how this easy-to-follow lifestyle is as good for your heart health as regular exercise.
And you don't have to lift anything heavier than that hunk of bread.
The first-of-its-kind study used something called the Mediterranean Diet Score, a 55-point scale that measures just how closely you follow this diet. If you're living off Big Macs and Mars bars, you're probably at a zero.
If you're so Mediterranean that your fridge is never out of feta and you buy your olive oil in metal drums, then you might be close to that perfect 55.
Wherever you are on that scale, work your way up -- because the study finds that each increase of a single point will cut your risk of heart disease by 3 percent.
That can add up fast -- so fast that if you stick closely to the diet, your heart disease risk will plunge by 47 percent, according to the study.
There's not a drug on the planet that can do that for you, my friend, but this diet can. And believe it or not, that's just the beginning of the benefits.
This ancient way of eating is clinically proven to prevent heart attack and stroke, keep blood sugar under control so you avoid diabetes and can even help you to shed a few pounds without much effort.
But what really makes this diet special is that it's so easy to follow. All you have to do to get started is go through your pantry and toss all your processed foods in the trash.
Once the junk's gone, you'll find there's still room for many of the things you love: fresh fish and poultry, sensible portions of lean meat, fruits, nuts, vegetables, whole grains and more.
This lifestyle even allows you to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner and some chocolate for dessert.
Can you even call that a diet?
One way to quickly boost your Mediterranean Diet Score is to replace unhealthy snacks such as chips with a handful of nuts. I've got more on that coming up next.