A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition reveals that the key to shedding those extra pounds isn't skipping artificial sweeteners or that extra piece of bread at your next meal—instead, it's all about ditching meat.
In the study, a group of 74 individuals—all with type 2 diabetes—were fed a vegetarian diet consisting of grains, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Researchers found that those on a vegetarian diet were able to lose twice as much weight as their meat-eating counterparts. In total, the dieters lost an average of 14 pounds versus seven pounds.
But the positive effects didn't stop there. Those on the vegetarian diet also reduced muscle fat and were able to boost their metabolism through a leaner eating plan.
"This finding is important for people who are trying to lose weight, including those suffering from metabolic syndrome and/or type 2 diabetes," said Dr. Kahleová, who studied the fat tissue of the patients. "But it is also relevant to anyone who takes their weight management seriously and wants to stay lean and healthy."
While it may be hard for some of you to completely give up your carnivorous habits, there are leaner alternatives that are just as satisfying! When you're craving a burger, opt for one made of black beans or chickpeas for a comparably hearty and mouthwatering taste that will leave your belly content.
We know it may take time to get used to (and enjoy) the switch, but remember, it's the ticket to losing weight and staying healthy. Your body will thank you for it in the long run, and at the very least, who doesn't want to shed a few pounds for swimsuit season?