23 Jan '15, 11pm

Plant-based diets a good choice for weight loss - Mother Nature Network (blog)

Diets rich in plants have long been praised for their weight loss attributes, a sentiment now backed by a paper published Thursday in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics . The researchers reviewed 15 studies that placed participants on a plant-based diet (vegan, vegetarian, raw foods), finding that on average, people lost just over 10 pounds after one month. Those who did not stick to the diets completely (and subsequently became flexitarians ), still lost an average of 7.48 pounds. It's worth noting that these weight-loss numbers came independent of any exercise or caloric limitations, elements the researchers were looking to avoid to better gauge the diet's impact on the body alone. Those participants who were older, heavier, and who included weight loss as a dietary goal seemed to lose the most pounds. The study also found little difference in weight l...

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