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Counting the calories can only take people so far. One woman cut out late-night snacking, and it made a big difference in her weight. But with over two-thirds of adults in America overweight or obese, a vegan weight loss diet could help address the myriad of health conditions which costs the country around $147 billion annually.
The vegan weight loss approach is not for the fainthearted—managing to eat well while sticking to vegan principles takes time and determination, but the health benefits definitely make it worth the effort.
So what do you need to know about adopting a vegan weight loss diet?
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If you’re going to tackle vegan weight loss, you’ll want advice from experts. One such expert is Joel Kahn MD, clinical professor of medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and founder of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity. He has been a vegan for four decades and he cites a long-term study: “There’s a large body of science from the Adventist Health Study at Loma Linda. Nearly a 100,000 people have been tracked since 1958. There’s a very high percentage of vegetarians and vegans, and otherwise very healthy lifestyles, because of the tenets of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.” Those on a vegan diet had consistently had a lower BMI than those on a vegetarian or omnivorous diet.
And a Harvard study in 2015 found that “those on vegan diets lost more weight than either general calorie-controlled diet or vegetarian diet.”