Got your own little dress to squeeze into until summer?
Kim Kardashian may have claimed that a no-carb or sugar-free diet, intense twice-daily exercise, and regular sauna sessions helped her quickly Lose 16 pounds allowing her to squeeze into an iconic, antique dress worn by Marilyn Monroe to Monday’s Met Gala. But a new study shows that following a simple vegan diet for 12 weeks could help some achieve the same result.
Researchers in the Netherlands found that overweight people lose an average of 16 pounds after switching to a plant-based diet for three months.
They attribute the results to a diet that eliminates high-calorie cheese and red meat. The move also drastically limits the outlook for snack bars and restaurants.
The findings, recently presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Maastricht, The Netherlands, are based on a review of 11 scientific studies examining vegan diets versus other diets, involving 800 adults who were either overweight or of type -2- suffered from diabetes.
Those who made the complete switch from a typical Western diet to a vegan diet lost an average of 16 pounds. And compared to those on another trending diet, vegans still did best, losing an average of 9 pounds.
However, blood sugar and cholesterol levels were not significantly changed from one diet to the next, the researchers found, with vegan diets only marginally bettering on these aspects.
“Vegan diets are likely to lead to weight loss because they are associated with reduced calorie intake due to lower fat and higher fiber content,” said first author Anne-Ditte Termannsen from Copenhagen University Hospital. “However, more evidence is needed for other cardiometabolic outcomes.”
In the US, nearly 74% of adults over the age of 20 are medically considered overweight or obese to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to diabetes, people with too much fat are more likely to be diagnosed with various types of cancer and cardiovascular disease — and suffer from musculoskeletal complications.
Nutrition experts are urging patients to seek advice from their doctor before making any dietary changes, as those who eat only plant-based foods are at risk of developing nutrient deficiencies. like B12, which is mainly derived from animal ingredients. Therefore, supplementation can be recommended.
Termannsen said this work is the “best available evidence” to prove that a vegan diet could be a useful tool for “obesity and type 2 diabetes management.”