Vegans diets have staying power

| Post published on April 6, 2021
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Vegan weight-loss diets are easier to stick to

Weight-loss diets are notoriously hard to stick to and even when people lose weight, they frequently put it back on afterwards. This study found that, compared to vegetarian, Paleo, gluten-free and weight loss diets, it was the vegan diet that most people were able to stick with over time. Those who saw their diet as an important and positive part of their identity and were confident in their ability to adhere to it were more likely to succeed, while those just motivated by a desire to lose weight were less likely to.

Cruwys T, Norwood R, Chachay VS et al. 2020. “An important part of who I am”: the predictors of dietary adherence among weight-loss, vegetarian, vegan, Paleo, and gluten-free dietary groups. Nutrients. 12 (4) 970.

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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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