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Weight Loss: Vegan – Vegetarian – Omnivorous?

Chloe x - Sunday, February 15, 2015

A recent study done by Runnersworld.com has focus on the recorded weight loss of those who ate a vegan, vegetarian, modified vegetarian or omnivorous diet. There were no calorie limits with the food you ate just the restrictions of each unique diet.

The study took a sample of overweight adults who wanted to lose weight and they were randomly assigned to one of five diets; Vegan, Vegetarian, Pesco-Vegetarian (seafood included), Semi-Vegetarian (red meat once a week, poultry no more than five times a week) and Omnivorous (no restriction).

The participants were allowed nuts an nut butters but were advised to limit their intake, they didn’t have to count their calories or increase their activity levels but just focus on eating low-fat, low GI foods. After the six month diet was completed the results were found as follows.

Diet Type

Average weight loss

Vegan (no animal products)

3.4 KG

Vegetarian (no animal meat)

2.9 KG

Pesco-Vegetarian (seafood included)

1.5 KG

Semi-Vegetarian (red meat once, poultry only allowed five times)

1.5 KG

Omnivorous (no restrictions at all)

1.4 KG

So from the results you can see that a vegetarian and vegan diet on average lost twice as much weight as the others. The researchers believed this was due to the vegan and vegetarian diets being simpler and thus easier to sick by.
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