Even if you’re not interested in becoming a vegetarian or vegan there are plenty of reasons to up your intake of plant-based meals. In my private practice more of my clients are experimenting with meatless cuisine than ever before, and they’re reaping the rewards. Here are five powerful benefits to embracing your inner herbivore–even part-time.
In an Oxford University study of nearly 38,000 adults, researchers
found that meat-eaters tended to have the highest body mass index (BMI)
for their age and vegans the lowest, with vegetarians and
semi-vegetarians in between. Another published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
compared over 10,000 vegetarians and nonvegetarians, and found that BMI
values were higher in nonvegetarians in all age groups for both
genders. In addition, weight gain over a 5-year period was lowest among
people who adopted a diet containing fewer animal foods.
The reason? Plant-based meals tend to be richer in antioxidants and
fiber, which are both tied to weight loss, and researchers have seen an
increase in calorie burn after vegan meals. Just be sure your
veggie-derived meals are made from whole, nutrient-rich foods, not
processed “junk food” like vegan versions of hot dogs, cookies, and
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