Vegetarians and vegans lose weight more easily (and without counting calories)

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Do vegans and vegetarians lose weight more easily than others? According to a preliminary scientific study, this is the case. Following a vegetarian or vegan diet allowed a group of people under observation to lose more weight than those who followed a classic diet and had to pay attention to calorie counts.



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Vegans and vegetarians they lose weight more easily of the others? According to a preliminary scientific study, this is the case. Following a vegetarian or vegan diet allowed a group of people under observation to lose more weight than those who followed a different diet and had to pay attention to calorie counting.



The results of the study were presented in November, on the occasion of theObesity Week, which took place in Atlanta. Vegetarian and vegan diets have been considered as a possible solution toobesity and overweight. Experts noted that people who were asked to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet have lost weight more easily than others, getting better results.

Lo pilot study in question took place 8 weeks long and considered 5 different food approaches: vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, semi-vegetarian and omnivorous. They took part in the study 63 adults with obesity or overweight. All planned eating patterns were centered around low-fat foods e low glycemic index.

Le percentages of the loss weight were very different according to the categories: -4,8% for vegetarians and vegans, .4,3% for pescetarians, -3,7% for vegetarian seeds and -2,2% for omnivores. The rationale for increased weight loss by vegetarians and vegans has yet to be explored.

However, the experts pointed out that the vegan diet was the less rich in saturated fat. Additionally, participants who followed the vegetarian and vegan diets would introduce one lower amount of calories in their meals, still feeling full. Following a vegetarian or vegan diet, in the opinion of the researchers and according to the first results, would help to lose weight without bothering about calorie counting.

According to Dr. Turner-McGrievy, diets that rely on calorie restrictions and weight loss programs that involve calorie counting they are difficult for patients to follow, as they require continuous self-monitoring of their nutrition choices. Consequently, there is a risk of not completely respecting the rules and calculations.



Weight loss in the vegetarian and vegan subjects who took part in the study occurred without emphasizing calorie restrictions. For this reason, in the opinion of the researchers, the vegetarian and vegan diets would easier to follow, even in the long run.

According to Dr. Adam Tsai, this pilot study could have important positive implications for those who struggle to reduce calories to lose weight; according to him, the results obtained show that weight loss can be achieved precisely by following vegetarian and vegan eating patterns, which do not focus on calorie restriction. Experts plan to investigate the results and evaluate the long-term effects of the diets followed by patients.



The pilot study, conducted by Brie Turner-McGrievy, porta il titolo di “How Plant-Based Do We Need to Be to Achieve Weight Loss? Results of the New Dietary Interventions to Enhance the Treatments for Weight Loss (New DIETs) Study”. Per approfondimenti, rimandiamo al sito web della Obesity Society, who published the abstract of the presentation of the results.

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