Best weight loss diet

| Post published on April 6, 2021
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Vegan diet for weight loss

Vegan diet offers double weight loss benefits
Being overweight increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and other diseases. This study adds to the large body of evidence showing how a vegan diet can help you lose weight. They found that a low-fat, plant-based diet helps not only by reducing the amount of energy (calories) you eat but also by increasing how fast your body burns that energy after you have eaten (postprandial metabolism). This, they say, helps reduce fat levels in your liver and muscle cells and so improves insulin sensitivity and lowers the risk of diabetes.

Kahleova H, Petersen KF, Shulman GI et al. 2020. Effect of a low-fat vegan diet on body weight, insulin sensitivity, postprandial metabolism, and intramyocellular and hepatocellular lipid levels in overweight adults: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Network Open. 3 (11) e2025454.


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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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