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Want to Lose Weight and Stay Fit? Try a Plant Based Diet

Like many of us, you may be struggling to lose weight.  Whether you are trying to lose a significant amount of weight, or just want to shed those final few pounds of belly fat, we understand that weight loss can be frustrating.  Maybe it is time to change up your nutrition plan.

Earlier this year, the plant based diet won the U.S. News & World Report's best diet for healthy weight loss for the seventh year in a row.  Going plant based is effective for weight loss due to a number of factors.  

A plant based diet cuts out many unhealthy foods by default.  Cheeseburgers, General Tso's chicken and ribs are obviously no longer on the menu.  Cutting out these types of foods will instantly improve the diet of the average person.  

Many balk at the plant based diet because of the lack of meat.  "No meat!? I am (or want to be) an athlete, so I need my protein!" is a common complaint.  There is no evidence that you have to be consuming large amounts of animal protein in order to stay fit.  In fact, former pro bowl NFL running back Arian Foster and five time world champion boxer Timothy Bradley have both utilized plant based diets and stayed at the top of their respective sports. In terms of maintaining energy levels on a plant based diet, Bradley stated, "You don’t feel bulky or heavy. You don’t feel groggy during the day. When you eat a sandwich full of just animal protein, afterwards you feel a little sleepy. You never have that crash when you’re on this diet. I think that it’ll benefit every athlete out there, in any sport."

There are also many examples of everyday people that have lost massive amounts of weight using a plant based diet.  This man lost 160 pounds and dropped his waist size from 54" to 36" by going plant based.  Some may say, "I have been eating meat and junk food for decades so the damage is done."  This couldn't be further from the truth.  Dr. Robert Ostfeld, M.D., director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Medical Center says, "“It’s never too early or too late to embrace a healthier lifestyle. The benefits come quickly and continue to accrue with time.” 

These aren't just weight loss benefits.  A study of over than 450,000 adults, showed that those who followed a plant-based diet (at least 70% plants) had a 20% lower risk of dying from heart disease or stroke than people whose diets were heavy on meat and dairy.

Even just tipping the scales to where you are consuming more plants and less meat will help, so try a plant based diet today!

Check out our plant based recipes here!

If you want to learn more about nutrition and healthy living, contact the SCNM Medical Center.