6 Common Mistakes You Should Never Make on the Mediterranean Diet

Eating too much saturated fata

The Mediterranean diet promotes healthy fats, which include mono- and polyunsaturated fats.

Eating too much added sugar

Much of the added sugar in the U.S. diet comes from sugar-sweetened beverages, so switching to water or seltzer is an easy swap.

Being a couch potato

In the Mediterranean, the weather tends to be warm, which means lots of time for walking, biking, and other forms of exercise.

Choosing foods high in sodium

Following the Mediterranean diet means putting down that salt shaker (most of the time), and using herbs and spices to flavor your food.

Eating at your computer

The Mediterranean diet focuses on taking the time to enjoy your food and eating with friends and family. 

Large portion sizes

Instead, use reasonable portions and bulk it up by adding lots of veggies and legumes for protein. That way you get more food groups and you're moderating your portion of pasta.

The last thing that can sabotage the Mediterranean diet—really, any weight loss plan—is large portions. Whole grain pasta can be part of a healthy Mediterranean plan, but piling three cups on your plate adds up to several hundred calories alone.