Switching to a Mediterranean style diet and exercising more for just eight weeks brings health benefits that can be seen a year after quitting the regime, Sheffield Hallam University researchers have found.
The diet and exercise combination resulted in improved blood flow reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, the team discovered.
The Hallam researchers believe the long-term health benefits observed after such a short period could be due to molecular changes associated with the Mediterranean diet.
Traditional Mediterranean cuisine is based on olive oil, fruit, vegetables and salad, fish, wholegrain foods, wine and limited consumption of red meat.
The study focused on healthy people over the age of 50.