The Best Way To Lose Weight Is To Go Vegan

Oct 4 2017 - 9:11pm
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In a review measuring trending weight loss plans against the vegan diet, vegan diets win in a landslide against low carb, high protein diets like Atkins-style diets like Ketogenic and Paleo for weight loss.

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There are numerous ways to lose weight – high protein low carb diets like the Ketogenic, Paleo, and Atkins diets, and plant-based vegetarian diets. But none of these has proven to be more effective for weight-loss than the vegan diet.

Vegan Diet Best For Weight-loss

Recent research has shown that “people on a vegetarian diet, and especially those following a vegan one that includes no animal products, see better results than dieters on other weight-reducing plans. In fact, they can lose around two kilograms more on the short term, say researchers after reviewing the results of twelve diet trials.”

“In fact, they can lose around two kilograms more on the short term, says Ru-Yi Huang of E-Da Hospital in Taiwan after reviewing the results of twelve diet trials. The findings appear in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, published by Springer.”

This Is First Time Other Diets Were Stacked Against The Vegan Diet

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This is the first study to combine the findings from various independent studies to measured up the results of vegetarian diets and how they match up against other eating plans. Included are the Atkins diet and diets recommended by the American Diabetes Association or the US National Cholesterol Education Program.

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Vegetarians Who Went Vegan Shed The Most Weight

The review included twelve randomized controlled trials, involving 1,151 dieters who followed a specific eating regime for between nine and 74 weeks. Results showed that individuals in the vegetarian diet groups lost significantly more weight than dieters who ate meat and other animal products. What is more, vegetarians who followed a vegan diet lost even more weight. Comparatively, vegans lost around 2.52 kilograms more than non-vegetarian dieters. Vegetarians who do consume dairy products and eggs lost around 1.48 kilograms more than those on a non-vegetarian diet. People following vegetarian diets also shed more weight than those without any such limitations being placed on their eating habits.

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The review concluded that the abundant intake of whole grains, fruits and vegetables might play a role in the favorable results seen in vegetarian diets. Vegetables and fruits are rich in fiber, antioxidants, minerals and protective chemicals that naturally occur in plants and contain soluble fiber. This “good fiber” helps to delay the speed by which food leaves the stomach and ensures digestive efficiency. It also allows nutrients to be absorbed and assimilated while food moves through the intestine. Fiber consumption also helps with weight loss, the research says.

"Vegetarian diets are more effective than non-vegetarian diets for weight loss," says Huang, who added that longer term intervention trials are needed to investigate the effect of vegetarian diets on weight control and cardio-metabolic risk.

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