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Low-Fat Vegan Diet Is Better Than Mediterranean Diet for Weight Loss, Study Suggests

March 5, 2021

From the Everyday Health website

If your weight loss efforts have stalled on the Mediterranean diet, you may have an easier time shedding those excess pounds by going vegan and cutting out all animal products instead of continuing to eat lean poultry and fish.

In a study published in February 2021 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, people who followed a low-fat vegan diet lost an average of 6.0 kilograms (13.2 pounds) over 16 weeks. But when these same people followed a Mediterranean diet for the same amount of time, they typically didn’t lose weight.

“Because the Mediterranean diet is often touted for weight loss, it was surprising to see that participants experienced very small changes — if any at all — when it came to their weight on this diet,” says the study’s senior author, Hana Kahleova, MD, PhD, the director of clinical research at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, DC.

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