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Research Shows Making This One Change To Your Diet Can Help You Lose Weight Twice As Fast

Delish logo Delish 6/16/2017 Lindsay Funston
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Video: One simple diet change can help you lose weight twice as fast (Provided by Wochit News)

As most of us sit trying to figure out what to cut from our diets in order shed a few pounds before summer, two culprits typically come to mind: sugar and carbs. But a new study reveals that the most effective weight-loss plan might not have anything to do with ditching sweeteners or calories - it's all about ditching meat.

New research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition reveals that dieters not only lose weight more effectively when going on a vegetarian diet, but they also boost their metabolism. A group of 74 people - all with type 2 diabetes - followed a vegetarian diet of grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts, and researchers discovered that the diet was twice as more effective - yes, 2x! - than a conventional one. Dieters lost an average of 14 pounds versus 7 pounds.

What's more, the vegetarian diet also reduced muscle fat, resulting in a higher metabolism. This finding is important for people who are trying to lose weight," says Dr. Kahleová, who studied the fat tissue of the patients, "including those suffering from metabolic syndrome and/or type 2 diabetes. But it is also relevant to anyone who takes their weight management seriously and wants to stay lean and healthy."

If you're not ready to quit eating meat cold turkey, we feel you. But start opting for one meatless meal a day - and try to swap in legumes like black beans and chickpeas when you can. You got this.

Slideshow: 40 Food Myths You Hear Every Day (Courtesy: Zero Belly)

Ditching these habits could be the key to easier weight loss.: <p>Don't believe these myths — they could be standing between you and your weight loss goals. </p><p>“None for me,” my friend, Mark said, before the waiter could even approach our table with the bread basket.</p><p>“I’ve got that trip to Cabo in three months and I can’t let carbs get in my way,” he said, tucking into his salad. </p><p>Mark had fallen prey to one of those food myths I hear all the time: if I just give up this one food, I’ll lose weight. If everything I eat is organic, I’ll be thin in no time. If I just drink juice for a week, all my weight woes will be behind me. </p><p>The fact is, we’re falling prey to diet myths left and right and it’s having a major impact on our health. Despite the overwhelming number of people who embark on diets every year, research from the Mayo Clinic reveals that just 2.7 percent of subjects studied actually met the criteria for healthiness across four categories. </p><p>Luckily, there’s something you can do about: load your diet with healthy, whole foods, get your body in motion for at least 30 minutes a day, and make sure you’re conscious to cut out the <a href="http://www.zerobelly.com/40-fattening-unhealthy-childhood-food-habits">40 Fattening Food Habits We Learn as Kids</a>. When it’s time to start your path toward weight loss, make sure you know better than to believe the 40 Food Myths You Hear Every Day and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, happier life in no time! </p> 40 Food Myths You Hear Every Day


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