Veggie food beats diet pills hands down say health charity

| Post published on May 29, 2015
minute reading time

Consumers are better off reaching for more fruit and veg to help weight loss rather than diet pills, a leading health charity is warning. Viva Health claim switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet is far more effective and beneficial to long term health than new diet pills hitting chemists’ shelves this week. Extensive research by the charity continues to confirm that people following a plant-based diet are far less likely to be obese. “Quick fixes to lose weight, such as diet pills, are not a healthy or beneficial long term solution. Losing weight on a meat-free diet, however, can be much more successful. Most importantly, losing weight this way is consistent with long-term health. On average, vegetarians weigh between six pounds and two stone less than meat-eaters,” says Viva Health senior nutritionist, Amanda Woodvine. Veggie facts. Obesity is much less common among vegetarians than it is amongst meat eaters.

Numerous studies have shown people who are vegetarian or vegan to be up to 20 per cent. Most overweight people shed pounds when they change to a vegetarian diet, Viva Health has produced its own antidote to fad diets: firmly based on scientific research and proven to work. Low fat and veggie, the V-Plan Diet can produce greater weight loss than Atkins. The guide features over 28 tasty recipes to help you put its healthy eating guidelines to work straight away.

Just as importantly, the V-Plan Diet can cut the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain cancers – giving the whole family a new lease of life! For more information, visit or call 0117 970 5190. “Going veggie can also slash your shopping bill by several pounds each week. Six months of diet pills would cost over £260! Veggie food on the other hand continues to grow in popularity, is widely available, easy to prepare and affordable,” added Ms Woodvine. Viva Health also produce the Vegetarian Recipe Club, which features four deluxe colour-coded, wipeable sections: Basics, Veggie Food for Thought; a Health MOT – and delicious, delicious low fat veggie recipes. For only £15 per year you receive four issues in the post, a fantastic binder to store them in and access to the online Vegetarian Recipe Club

To join the Vegan Recipe Club, please send a cheque to the Viva Health, Top Suite, 8 York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol BS2 8QH or call 0117 970 5190 or visit

For more information about this media release, contact senior nutritionist, Amanda Woodvine, on 0117 970 5190, or press officer Helen Rossiter on 0117 970 5190 or email press@vegetarian.orgk, UK Full references available upon request. For more information, visit to read the Viva Health’s Globesity report. News reports state that Alli which is now available to buy over the counter, costs £1.60 per day.

About the author
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.

View author page | View staff profile

Scroll up