Everyone knows that dieting is about watching what you eat. But new research suggests going vegetarian is twice as effective when it comes to slimming down as calorie counting. So yes, throw out that scale! (Or maybe don’t, up to you.) According to a recent study, ramping up on plant-based protein will help you drop pounds much faster than conventional methods and might increase your metabolism to boot.
The research, which was published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, found that among a test group of 74 subjects with type 2 diabetes, a vegetarian diet was “found to be almost twice as effective in reducing body weight.” The study participants who went veg lost an average of 6.2 kg (13.67 pounds) in six months, whereas participants on the conventional diet only lost 3.2 kg (7 pounds) in the same timespan.
Additionally, the researchers looked at fat storage tissue, also known as adipose tissue, in the participants’ thighs. This helped them understand how the two different diets affected the stores of fat both on the surface of and inside the muscles. While both diets offered similar results in reducing subcutaneous fat, (the kind that lies on top of the muscle) more fat from within the muscle was lost by participants on the vegetarian diet.
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