Local celebrity chef Mike Isabella’s diet secret

The secret to Mike Isabella\'s diet? Eat more olive oil. (Courtesy Greg Powers)

WASHINGTON – It makes sense. If you eat fat, you get fat. Right?

Well, yes and no. It all depends on the kind of fats you eat.

Local celebrity chef Mike Isabella knows this all too well. He is dropping pounds with some help from the menu at his new 14th Street, N.W. restaurant, Kapnos.

“It has actually helped me a lot opening up the Greek restaurant,” Isabella says. His secret is to stick to a Mediterranean diet. “No butters, full of olive oil,” Isabella says.

It turns out, the former Top Chef contestant may be on to something. Olive oil is one of the healthiest fats around, and researchers say a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil can help combat obesity.

A 2011 study from the University of Cordoba found that a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil does not contribute to obesity. And research from a 2010 study conducted at S


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