For people who want to lose weight, plant diets can be the best solution because of how they affect their metabolism. This is a conclusion from a recent study published in JAMA Network Open.
According to the results, switching to a low-fat plant diet can speed up your body’s metabolism so that you can burn excess weight and fat – even without vigorous exercise. To obtain these data, researchers from the Medical Committee for Responsible Medicine collaborated with Dr. Kitt Petersen and Dr. Gerald Schulman from Yale University. Together, they conducted a 16-week trial in which participants in the experimental group followed a low-fat vegan diet.
The trial participants were overweight with body mass indexes ranging from 28 to 40, and their ages were 25 to 75. The researchers randomly divided the study participants into two groups. The first group was on a low-fat vegan diet for 4 months. The second, acting as a control group, did not change its dietary habits.
By the end of the study, the first group increased the amount of calories burned after meals by 18.7%. They also noted that the average weight loss was about 5 kg. In addition, the group adhering to the vegan diet showed a decrease in insulin resistance and a decrease in fat deposits. Most importantly, this group noted a significant loss of visceral fat, the most harmful type of fat that accumulates around internal organs.