A recent review of data from clinical trials provides fresh evidence that vegetarian diets contribute directly to weight loss. The review found that significant weight loss resulted even in trials which included no restrictions on participants’ calorific intakes, nor attention to their exercise regimes.
The studies, which included 755 participants in the US and several European countries, found that the average person lost about 10 lbs over a 44 week period. People who were heavier to begin with lost more weight. Older people and men recorded above-average weight loss.
The study’s lead author Dr. Neal Barnard, MD, who is a president of the Physicians Committee, and an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, said “The take-home message is that a plant-based diet can help you lose weight without counting calories and without ramping up your exercise routine”.
Another study which compared many different vegetarians diets, proved that vegan diet (which contains no meat, fish, dairy products or eggs) was the most effective for weight loss.
It’s great to see this objective data, from a range of studies, showing that a plant-based diet can help overweight people lose weight without calorie restriction or deprivation. Adopting a plant-based diet has worked for me, and I see it work for my clients.
The best part is that you don’t need to feel hungry, limit your food intake or eat foods that you don’t enjoy. Although a plant-based diet may sound restrictive to people who haven’t tried it, once you start, you soon see how easy and enjoyable it is! Once you learn how to replace meat and dairy with healthy plant-based alternatives, discover new ways of preparing food, and experience new-found energy, the chances are you will not want to go back.