Meat-free diet reduces weight gain

March 15, 2006 in Nutrition Topics in the News, Weight Management

Meat-free diet reduces weight gain

According to researchers at the University of Oxford, switching from a diet that includes meat to a meat-free diet has been linked with keeping extra weight off.

In the study of 22, 000 people, researchers followed the participants for five years to examine the effect of their diets on weight gain. Participants ranged from meat eaters, fish eaters, vegetarians and vegans. On average, people gained 4.4 lbs over five years. None of the participants were overweight.

Researchers found that weight gain was less in the vegans than in the meat eaters. However the lowest weight gain was in people who changed their diet to eat less animal products.

Findings also showed that people who exercised during the study period gained less weight than people who did very little exercise.

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