According to Norbert Schobert, a Hungarian fitness trainer and businessman, the Mediterranean diet is not for Hungarians. However, an expert immediately refuted all his claims.
As Blikk reported, Schobert believes that the Mediterranean diet, which has been in vogue lately, is not for Hungarians at all, as it is unaffordable. However, Dr Tamás Tóth, a weight loss expert, refutes his claims. According to Tóth, there is no shortage of fish, fruit or vegetables in Hungary.
“There is nothing wrong with the traditional Hungarian diet, but carbohydrate consumption should be cut by a fifth,”
He believes that the research proving the benefits of the Mediterranean diet has only found that being rich is healthy. According to the fitness guru, the conditions and incomes in Mediterranean countries are completely different, and the average Hungarian cannot afford it.
“In Mediterranean countries, the average monthly income ranges from EUR 2,000 to EUR 2,500. There, an average person earns HUF 600-800,000. In Hungary, people earn HUF 200,000 (EUR 565). Not to mention that if we were to follow the Mediterranean diet, we would have to spend HUF 15-20,000 (EUR 42-56) a day on fresh fish, seafood, whole grains, and seasonal fruit. An average Hungarian person cannot spend HUF 15-20,000 a day on their diet,”
said the fitness guru.
He added that the Mediterranean diet is claimed to be the best diet in the world by a group of American experts. However, Schobert says that in Hungary, this diet is only affordable for the upper classes who rarely struggle with excess weight.
According to 24.hu, Schobert believes that Hungarians are reluctant to invest in a healthy lifestyle, preferring instead to stare at a screen. He thinks that instead of watching TV and using our phones, we should start spending time outdoors and doing sports.
Dr Tóth’s reaction to Schobert’s claims was the following:
“You can’t eat fish in Hungary? Come on! You can access it, there is plenty of fish. You don’t have to hunt exotic rare species from New Zealand to eat fish, and there are vegetables in Hungary. Hungary is a country of agricultural excellence. You can eat good food here.”
Source: Blikk, 24.hu