A new study conducted via a randomized trial found that a low-fat vegan diet was beneficial to patients’ body weight and health. Study participants lost an average of 13 pounds over six weeks while following the vegan diet.

Those on the vegan diet followed a diet without animal products or added fats, alongside weekly classes, cooking demonstrations as well as nutritional support. The control group made no changes.

Lead study author Hana Kahleova, MD, Ph.D., director of clinical research at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, DC shared that the people on the vegan diet lost more weight because they were eating plant-based choices instead of animal products and consumed less high fat and high-calorie foods.

“Eliminating foods that are high in fat and cholesterol is one part, and the other one is replacing these foods with plant foods that are rich in fiber and antioxidants,” Dr. Kahleova said. “Both play an important role in improving cardiometabolic health.”

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