Variations of the Paleo diet may be all the rage, right now, but it isn’t the only one that is bringing on some great weight loss results. In fact, many people find that they have more luck with a mildly vegetarian diet than they do if they eat like their caveman counterparts.
Even more interesting is that researchers are beginning to back up this claim with the results from a range of different studies that are showing that the Paleo diet may not be all it’s cracked up to be, and there could be a great deal to gain – in terms of losing – by choosing a properly balanced vegetarian diet, or even a vegan one. Among the most notable of these studies was one that was recently published within the Journal Of General Internal Medicine.
The researchers in that publication conducted a review of 12 other studies that involved the participation of over 1,150 different people who had been adhering to various types of weight loss plans for an average of 18 weeks What they discovered was that the people who stuck to a diet that was primarily or entirely plant-based lost a larger amount of weight than those whose meals allowed them to eat meat. In fact, the average vegetarian dieter lost 4 pounds more than the average meat eater.
The vegetarians who were the most successful were those who were eating diets that were very high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Those foods are high in fiber and require a longer period of time for digestion. That allows the dieter to feel more full from their meals for a longer period of time. As a result, they are less likely to overeat, particularly when snacking. This, according to the author of the study, Ru-Yi Huang, M.D., from the Harvard School of Public Health.
It was also found in that study, according to Dr. Huang, that the dieters who were eating foods that were particularly high in meat were more likely to experience bloating and gas that would make them feel uncomfortable and that would cause them to be unable to stick to their diet programs exactly as they were designed.
The researchers also discovered that the dieters who were the most likely to stick to their diets were the ones who were required to give up eating meat in order to adhere to the programs that were assigned to them.