It is known that a vegetarian diet is better for the planet but a study has shown it can also be good for your personal health.

Vegetarian diet twice as effective for weight loss

A vegetarian diet is twice as effective as a carnivorous one when it comes to losing weight according to researchers. Vegetarians lose weight more effectively, they also reduce their muscle fat and thus boost their metabolism too.

74 people with type 2 diabetes were studied for the report.  Participants were randomly assigned either a vegetarian diet or a typical anti-diabetic diet.  The vegetarian diet was close to vegan with animal products limited to one portion of low-fat yoghurt a day. To assess weight loss potential participants had their diets restricted to 500 calories a day less than they would need to maintain their weight.

After six months those following the vegetarian diet had lost an average of 6.2kg compared to 3.2kg for those on the conventional diet. It was a small sample size but heavily suggests going veggie could make you lose twice as much weight.

Better reduction in fat

Researchers also assessed how the diets had affected fat storage. Both diets were found to cause a similar reduction in fat under the skin. However fat on the surface of the muscles was only reduced on the vegetarian diet. Fat inside the muscles was also reduced a lot more for those following a veggie eating plan.

Dr. Hana Kahleová, the lead author of the report said ” This finding is important for people who are trying to lose weight, including those suffering from metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes. It is also relevant to anyone who takes their weight management seriously and wants to stay lean and healthy.”

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