With a 95% rate of confidence a new study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition concluded that when you compare a vegetarian diet to one that restricts calorie intake, the vegetarian diet is twice as likely to reduce body weight.
One common problem is that people on reduced calorie diets usually end up re-gaining any lost weight because sharply cutting back on food intake isn’t sustainable. In the study, after 6 months the average person on a vegetarian diet lost 6.2 kg. and those on the conventional reduced calorie diet lost 3.2 kg.
The scientists also discovered that both types of diets had a similar reduction in subcutaneous fat, but more muscle fat was lost by those on a vegetarian diet.
The lead study author, Dr. Hana Kahleova said, ““This finding is important for people who are trying to lose weight, including those suffering from metabolic syndrome and/or type 2 diabetes, but it is also relevant to anyone who takes their weight management seriously and wants to stay lean and healthy.”
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