|Emma McGowan NatureCity author & contributor|
Weight loss can be a difficult task, and there are many different methods to try. A recent study suggests that a vegan diet may be the best diet for weight loss.
Participants in the study included 63 people between the ages of 18 and 65 with BMIs between 25.0 and 29.9 kg/m2. Of those initial participants, 76% completed the trial.
The participants were instructed to follow one of five diets for six months: vegan (no animal products), semi-vegetarian (occasional meat), pesco-vegetarian (no meat except seafood), vegetarian (no meat), and omnivorous, which had no exclusions.
The researchers noted that the vegan group showed the most weight loss at the two and six month mark. Their weight loss was on average 4.3% higher than any of the other groups at 16.5 pounds. They also had lower levels of fat and saturated fat, lower BMIs, and improved macro nutrients when compared with the other groups.
The researchers also noted that the vegan group showed all of these improvements despite the fact that they consumed more carbohydrates that rate low on the glycemic index compared with the other groups.
Researchers from the University of South Carolina conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on October 17, 2014, in the journal Nutrition.
Previous research has linked vegan diets with combating cancer and better overall health. If you’re interested in converting to a vegan diet, consult a nutritionist to make sure you’re getting all of the proper nutrients. Many vegans choose to supplement their diets with high quality supplements.