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(US) New scientific review shows vegetarian diets cause major weight loss

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    WASHINGTON--A scientific review in April s Nutrition Reviews shows that a vegetarian diet is highly effective for weight loss. Vegetarian populations tend to
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2006
      WASHINGTON--A scientific review in April's Nutrition Reviews shows
      that a vegetarian diet is highly effective for weight loss. Vegetarian
      populations tend to be slimmer than meat-eaters, and they experience
      lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other
      life-threatening conditions linked to overweight and obesity. The new
      review, compiling data from 87 previous studies, shows the weight-loss
      effect does not depend on exercise or calorie-counting, and it occurs
      at a rate of approximately 1 pound per week.

      Rates of obesity in the general population are skyrocketing, while in
      vegetarians, obesity prevalence ranges from 0 percent to 6 percent,
      note study authors Susan E. Berkow, Ph.D., C.N.S., and Neal D.
      Barnard, M.D., of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
      (PCRM).

      The authors found that the body weight of both male and female
      vegetarians is, on average, 3 percent to 20 percent lower than that of
      meat-eaters. Vegetarian and vegan diets have also been put to the test
      in clinical studies, as the review notes. The best of these clinical
      studies isolated the effects of diet by keeping exercise constant. The
      researchers found that a low-fat vegan diet leads to weight loss of
      about 1 pound per week, even without additional exercise or limits on
      portion sizes, calories, or carbohydrates.

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      full story:
      http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-04/pcfr-nsr033106.php

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