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What is the best diet for weight loss? Show more Show less

There now exists hundreds of different wisdoms on what the best and most effective way to lose weight is. All have different philosophies and different benefits, real or alleged. But which has the most evidence behind it? And which, in reality, is the most effective way to lose weight?

Eliminating animal products is the best way to lose weight Show more Show less

By eliminating meat or all animal products, we are forced to choose more nutritiously dense foods.
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Veganism is the best way to lose weight

Veganism is the best way to lose weight while also helping the environment and the animals.
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Vegans don’t eat meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or any other products that come from animals. Instead, they eat food like fresh fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, as well as plant-based kinds of milk, other nondairy products, and meat alternatives.[1] This contributes to weight loss by cutting out many of the known high-fat products and opting for healthy alternatives.

The Argument

Vegan diets are a proven way to lose weight, although there is still some inconclusiveness over the data.[2] Vegetarian diets have significant benefits on weight reduction compared to non-vegetarian diets, but long-term weight control and vegan diets have not been studied conclusively. The most effective diets are those that cut out processed, high-calorie, and fatty foods. This is precisely what a vegan diet does. A vegan diet is also the most restrictive diet along these metrics, so it makes sense that it would be the best way to lose weight. Vegan diets are also typically high in fiber and low in saturated fat, both of which are needed to promote weight loss. Fiber keeps us satiated and full until our next meal, and also helps prevent the temptation to snack. It regulates our blood pressure, keeps cholesterol levels low, and even boasts anti-inflammatory properties. Rather than saturated fats, vegan diets emphasize heart-healthy unsaturated fats and "good" carbohydrates, allowing for a higher intake of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals than the standard American diet.[3] The vegan diet checks all the boxes when it comes to triggering weight loss in the body. So long as an individual is not adding calories with processed foods, the vegan diet will likely produce the most weight loss.

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  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/diet-and-weight-loss/vegan-diet-for-weight-loss
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26138004/
  3. https://www.cookinglight.com/eating-smart/nutrition-101/vegan-diet-weight-loss

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