Studies Show Sure Way to Lose 10 pounds without Exercise or Counting Calories
Are you looking for a way to lose weight, but just don’t have the time and energy to count calories or enroll in an exercise program? The good news is that researchers have discovered that there is at least one way to lose weight without exercise or counting calories… and is healthy!
Does diabetes run in your family? Health experts tell us that if you are overweight, that just by losing 5 to 10 percent of your body fat significantly decreases your chances of developing diabetes…and heart disease. So how can you lose some of that excess weight? And without taking up calorie counting or added exercise for someone who already has a busy schedule? According to a recent study released in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietics, going Vegan for a change can help you easily lose 10 pounds or more.
This finding is a result of a new meta-analysis that included a review of 15 studies, conducted with 755 participants from the U.S. and throughout Europe. The studies investigated the effects of adopting a vegan diet for periods ranging from four weeks to up to two years that they found resulted in an average weight loss of 10 pounds among the study participants.
According to a press release about the study, lead author Neal Barnard, M.D., an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences states that, “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. We hope health care providers will take note and prescribe this approach to patients looking to manage their weight and health.”
The importance of their finding is that it offers the more than 1.4 billion adults worldwide who are overweight and at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and cancer that if dieting and exercise just won’t do it for weight loss, that simply changing your diet to a Vegan type can and does result in weight loss.
“If you’re overweight, losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can slash the risk of both type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” says Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S. study co-author. “As the weight comes off, you’ll start to see blood pressure, blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol fall right along with it.”
These benefits have been shown in earlier studies, one of which discovered that men benefited more than women when adopting a plant-based diet.
To help you get started on a plant-based diet, here is an informative article on how to go Vegan.
Reference: “A systematic review and meta-analysis of changes in body weight in clinical trials of vegetarian diets” J. Acad. Nutr. Diet., Published online on January 21, 2015, Barnard ND, Levin SM, Yokoyama Y. and Watanabe M.