Does the vegetarian diet make you lose weight? Does it help you lose weight?

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Choosing a healthy vegetarian diet helps you lose weight, even without overdoing exercise and without counting calories, according to a meta-analysis published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.





Choose one healthy vegetarian diet helps you lose weight, even without overdoing exercise and without counting calories, according to a meta-analysis published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

This was communicated by the experts of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. According to the results found by the researchers, people who went on a diet following a vegetarian diet have lost about 10 pounds. The greatest weight loss was in men and older participants.

Researchers dealt with the review of 15 studies conducted with 755 participants from Finland, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United States. The duration of the 15 studies ranged from four weeks up to two years, with one average weight loss of 10 kilos over a period of 44 weeks.

According to Neal Bernard, lead author of the study and a professor at George Washington University School of Medicine, the findings teach us that a vegetarian or vegan diet it can help us lose weight without counting calories and without exaggerating with physical exercise, which however must be performed regularly.

The researchers hope that healthcare professionals take note of the results of this study and prescribe this dietary approach to patients seeking to manage their weight and improve their health.

More than 1,4 million adults worldwide are overweight and the risk of getting type 2 diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis and some forms of cancer is on the rise, according to experts.

According to Susan Levin, a nutrition education expert, if anyone who is overweight is committed to lose only 5 to 10% of your own weight can drastically reduce both the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. With weight reduction, blood pressure, triglycerides, blood sugar and cholesterol also begin to decrease.



The recommended diets should be based mainly on whole grains, legumes, fruit and vegetables, giving preference if possible to organic foods, for an even healthier diet. A vegetarian or vegan diet based on foods rich in refined sugars and saturated fats might not lead to the same weight loss result.

In fact, the researchers refer to one dieta ‘plant-based’ that is, based mainly on healthy foods of plant origin, such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains. In any case, especially those who are obese or heavily overweight should consult a trusted expert before embarking on a diet to lose weight and avoid do-it-yourself diets.



Marta Albè

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