That is the perfect weight loss program for weight reduction and ldl cholesterol management, says science
When trying to implement healthier eating habits it can be difficult to figure out where to start. Perhaps one of your friends has been trying to get you to cut added sugar for years while another swears that walking gluten-free changed her life. Fortunately, the emerging research is here to make your choice easier.
A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition compared two of the most popular diets currently, the vegan diet and the Mediterranean diet, to see how they affected participants’ weight, as well as other risk factors for heart disease. The results? Sticking to a low-fat vegan diet is better for your health than the Mediterranean diet. (See Also: The 7 Healthiest Foods To Eat Right Now).
“The evidence is clear that a plant-based diet is a great way to manage weight, and that all side effects are good – from increasing heart health and improving cholesterol to lowering the risk of diabetes,” said the author Hana Kahleova. PhD, MBA, director of clinical research on the Physicians Responsible Medicine Committee, said Eat This, Not That! in an interview.
In particular, the study found that the A vegan diet can lower the “bad” cholesterol known as LDL, improve insulin sensitivity, and lead to more weight loss. The only benefit of the Mediterranean diet was that it resulted in an even greater drop in blood pressure than the low-fat vegan diet, although both diets had beneficial effects. It’s also worth noting that the study participants didn’t have to count calories or track nutrients.
“We weren’t surprised to see people seeing improvements in the plant-based diet,” said Kahleova. “But with the Mediterranean diet often being touted for weight loss, it was surprising to see that participants saw very little, if any, changes in their weight.”
“We hope this study will inspire people to see that a vegan diet can benefit them in many ways and decide to give it a try,” she adds.
Still not convinced? For more information on how cutting out animal products can make you feel better, check out our 28 Top Vegan Health Reasons.