A plant-based ‘green’ Mediterranean diet leads to more weight loss and promotes better heart health, according to new study.
Published in the heart medical journal; the researchers found that people who ate plant-based proteins and reduced the amount of red meat were more heart-healthy; in relation to a traditional Mediterranean diet group. The traditional diet consists of seafood and meat mixed with vegetables and whole grains.
During the study nearly 300 obese patients were divided into three groups. The first group had instructions on healthy dieting and ways to increase physical activity.
Then, the second group received the same instructions. However, these patients received instructions to follow traditional Mediterranean diet substituting red meat for fish or poultry as well.
Lastly, for the third group, they received education on physical activity and how to follow the green Mediterranean diet; without meat and plenty of plant-based foods with high protein from nuts and other sources to cut out animal-based products.
Plant-based green Mediterranean diet promotes more weight loss
During the study, patients aged about 50 on average; had lost over 13 pounds after the patient followed the green Mediterranean diet. Those who followed the tradition Mediterranean diet, which included chicken and fish, lost an average of 11 pounds. The healthy diet patients only lost 3 pounds. Also, the plant-based Mediterranean diet followers lost 3.4 inches off their waistline; in comparison to 2.7 inches for the traditional Mediterranean group and 1.7 inches for the healthy diet patients.
Prior researchers confirm plant-based diet benefits
In addition, this study confirms what prior research says; which is adults who followed a vegan or plant-based diet showed visible weight loss and reduced body fat. Nutritionists mention that increasing plant-based foods like leafy greens, legumes and nuts can be a great source of protein and fiber. I try to stay away from red meats therefore I opt for green vegetables and beans.
The bottom line
Above all, you do not need animal products to get adequate protein. There is a good source of protein in plant-based vegetables and whole grains. If you are not a fan of red meat; then a plant-based ‘green’ Mediterranean diet is a good choice for increasing weight loss.
Source: Settembre, Jeanette. “Plant-based ‘green’ Mediterranean diet leads to more weight loss: study” www.foxnews.com November 30, 2020