Yesterday was World Meat Free Day, where many people shunned burgers and bolognese for beans and beluga lentils.

Reducing your meat consumption is good for the planet, but a new study has confirmed that going veggie can work wonders for your personal health too.

Following a vegetarian diet is twice as effective than a carnivorous one when it comes to losing weight, researchers from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington DC found.

And not only will vegetarians lose weight more effectively, they’ll reduce their muscle fat and thus boost their metabolism too.

According to lead author, Dr. Hana Kahleová, this finding is particularly important for people with metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

To reach their conclusions, researchers studied 74 people with type 2 diabetes – they were randomly assigned either a vegetarian diet or a typical anti-diabetic diet, which followed the official recommendations of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD).

What’s more, the vegetarian diet was practically vegan, as it consisted of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes, with animal products limited to one portion of low-fat yoghurt a day.

In order to assess weight loss potential, all participants had their diets restricted to 500 calories a day less than they would need to maintain their weight.

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SOURCE: RACHEL HOSIE
The Independent