Meat-eaters who switch to a vegetarian diet, over time, gain less excess weight than those who do not change their diet. To such conclusion the British scientists. The study was conducted in the framework of the company’s cancer — it is known that there is a direct link between obesity and cancer.
Scientists from Oxford University studied data on the eating habits of 22 thousand people collected in 1994 and 1999. Respondents had different diets were meat eaters, fish eaters, strict and non-strict vegetarians. They are weighed, measured body parameters studied their diet and lifestyle. In about five years, between 2000 and 2003, the researchers reexamined the same people.
It turned out that each of them during this time, gained weight an average of 2 kg, but those who began to eat less food of animal origin or switched to vegetarianism, gained approximately 0.5 kg weight loss less. Professor Tim Key, who led the team of scientists, said that for quite some time known the fact that typically, vegetarians are slimmer meat eaters, but never before research has not been conducted long time.
He added: “it is believed that a diet with low carbohydrate and high protein level promotes weight loss. But we found that less weight have people that consume a lot of carbs and little protein”.
He also stressed that weight gain those who get little exercise. This confirms that the most effective way to prevent obesity in combination of a healthy diet and exercise.
Dr Colin Wayne, the President of the National forum on obesity, commenting on the findings, cautioned: “whatever you did not follow the diet if you consume more calories than you spend, you’ll gain weight”. He added that, despite the results of the study, vegetarianism is not a universal answer to the problems with excess weight.
Ursula Arens, a spokesperson for the British dietetic Association, confirmed that vegetarianism will help combat existing obesity. “Diet consisting of crisps and chocolate, too, “vegetarian”, but is irrelevant to a healthy lifestyle and will not help to lose weight”. But, nevertheless, she added, typically, vegetarians eat more fruits, vegetables, legumes and products made with whole grains, which is useful for health.