People who eat a lot of meat tend to be heavier than those who consume more fiber-rich plant foods. This is because meat contains a lot of saturated fat and cholesterol, which can add a lot of weight and increase your risk of heart disease.
Plant-based foods are easier to eat in large quantities without gaining weight because they have a lower calorie density. For example, because of their high water content and low-calorie density, vegetables are very filling, even though they have few calories. This means that if you eat a lot of vegetables, it’s easier to control your weight.
Cutting out animal products from your diet can help you lose weight. And, best of all: You don’t have to give up the foods you love! There are a lot of delicious plant-based foods that you can enjoy. So you can still have burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizza, and more! If you want to try going vegan, it’s best to do it gradually, so you don’t feel overwhelmed. It may also help if your family is on board with the change.
A 2017 randomized controlled trial found that a whole food plant-based diet led to more significant weight loss than any other type of program (even after as much as 6 or 12 months) — even when participants were not required to limit their energy intake! So what is a whole food plant-based diet, exactly?
A whole food plant-based diet focuses on eating unprocessed, plant-based foods. This means many fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans and peas), nuts, seeds, and whole grains. It also means cutting out meat, dairy products (like milk), eggs, fish oil supplements (omega-3 fatty acids), refined sugars, and processed foods.
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