The majority of people are always trying to figure out what to cut from their diet in order to shed those last few pounds before summer officially ends. As usual, two culprits come to mind: sugar and carbohydrates. However, a new study reveals that the most effective weight loss plan does not have anything to with ditching your precious carbs or ignoring your sweet tooth. In fact, the latest research shows that it is all about ditching meat.
New research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition reveals that dieters who cut out meat not only lost more weight as vegetarians, but they also improved their metabolisms. The researchers looked at a group of 74 people, all of whom had type 2 diabetes, following a vegetarian diet of grains, vegetables, fruits, and nuts, and found that the diet was twice as effective, Yes, you read that right, two times more effective than a conventional diet! The diet participants lost an average of 14 pounds versus seven pounds for those not on the vegetarian diet.
Interestingly, the vegetarian diet also reduced muscle fat, resulting in a higher metabolism. This finding is important for people who are trying to lose weight but struggling to do so. Dr. Kahleová, who studied fat tissue on the participants, said, “It is also relevant to anyone who takes their weight management seriously and wants to stay lean and healthy.”
If you are not ready to quit eating meat cold turkey (no pun intended), we get it. However, an easy way to start is by opting to go meatless one day a week. Try swapping your traditional meat dish with legumes like black beans and chickpeas. You got this!Related: 8 Bedtime Drinks that Help You Lose Weight