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An independent anthropologist with years of experience in academic writing and social science. His main field of interest is medical anthropology and the development of multidisciplinarian approaches for scientific research. He supports the furthering of science and critical thinking.
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An independent anthropologist with years of experience in academic writing and social science. His main field of interest is medical anthropology and the development of multidisciplinarian approaches for scientific research. He supports the furthering of science and critical thinking.
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Can you imagine a diet that will improve your health and help you lose weight?

Many contemporary dietary practices promise they can improve your quality of life. But one cannot know if they are truly helpful even if they are popular. However, researchers are hoping to close such gaps in nutrition with research that tests the effect of various dietary regimes.

Even though we are thought as children that eating vegetables is good for us, most of us stop in adulthood. Eating food rich in fat and sugar is almost addictive and people consider changing their habits only when their health degrades.

The plant-based diet is an emerging and popular substitution for processed food rich in fat and sugar. Also, scientific and medical research from the past decade indicates that such a dietary regime may have many health benefits. In light of this, a recent study published in JAMA Network Open looks at the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Furthermore, the research explains how such a diet benefits your health and helps you lose weight.

About the Study

Researchers from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine did a new study to explore the benefits of a plant-based diet.

The researchers want to determine:

“What are the effects of a low-fat vegan diet on body weight, insulin resistance, postprandial metabolism, and intramyocellular and hepatocellular lipid levels in overweight adults?”

The study in question was a randomized controlled trial consisting of overweight individuals that had no history of diabetes. The participants were split into two groups using the 1:1 ratio. That is, there were two groups one was the control (regular diet) and the other was on a plant-based diet. Furthermore, the control group made no changes to their daily dietary practices.

The plant-based group had to eat a low-fat diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Also, they did not have to monitor their calorie intake or changes their exercise routines or medication.

The Results

After 16 weeks the plant-based group had an increase of 18,7% after-meal calories burn. On the other hand, the control group’s after-meal burn had no increase in this respect. These findings are confirmed through the use of indirect calorimetry. This measuring approach helps researchers determine how many calories people burn after a meal.

Furthermore, the plant-based group showed a decrease in intramyocellular lipid and hepatocellular lipid levels. That is, their fat in muscle and liver cells decreased as a result of consuming a plant-based diet. More precisely, they reduced the fat levels in their liver cells by 34% and 10% in muscles. It is worth noting that fat in these cells increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Therefore, eating a plant-based diet will reduce the risk of developing diabetes in addition to reducing your intracellular fat levels.

Main Takeaways

  • New research about the plant-based diet reveals several health benefits.
  • Consuming a vegan diet may increase levels of after-meal calorie burning. Also, the participants in the study had lower levels of intracellular fat in muscle and liver cells.
  • The results from the study also suggest that switching to a plant-based diet reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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