Weight gain and loss are of primary importance to adults as proven by the large number of fad diets that abound. Who has the best diet for sustained weight loss? This is the question that launched a UK study that investigated weight gain over 5 years in several thousand meat eaters, fish eaters, vegetarians, and vegan men and women. The study revealed that vegans had the lowest weight gain over the 5 year period. The less animal food consumed, the less weight was gained across genders. This study is also important because it debunks the myth that high carbohydrate/low protein vegan diets increase the risk for weight gain and obesity. The exact opposite proved to be true. It is relatively easy to lose 10-20 pounds in 6 weeks with a fad diet, but how likely is the weight to stay off? Research has shown that a consistent, non animal-based dietary lifestyle is best at keeping the weight off… and that’s the point, right?
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