Mentally and emotionally speaking, we've always believed that the best diet to support metabolism will be the healthy diet that you can stick to: the one that fills your body and soul with the types of food you love and gives you the freedom to feel like you're not being deprived of anything. This means a mediation diet can be healthy. Or low-carb. Or vegetarian. or a good old fashion omnivorous balanced diet.
But scientists have spoken and it turns out there may be one diet that supports your metabolism more than any other, and that's the plant-based diet.
The Best Diet for Metabolism: The Plant-Based Diet
Research has already shown that a plant-based diet is better for your heart and your gut, and we already knew that the plant-based diet promoted weight loss and can lower cholesterol, but a recent study now shows that going green may boost your metabolism too. These findings were published by researchers with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in JAMA Network Open.
Out of the 244 study participants, half were asked to follow a low-fat (so not keto) plant-based diet for four months. Other than being told to focus on eating plenty of vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and fruits, these participants were not told to restrict calories. The other half of the study participants—the control group—was advised to make no diet changes.
The results were undeniable. The plant-based group had a roughly 16% higher metabolic burn post-meal and lost, on average, 14 pounds. What's more, these people also showed a fat reduction in their muscles and liver cells, which in turn lowered insulin resistance in their organs, which can aid weight loss as well as overall health and longevity. Again, ALL THIS was accomplished WITHOUT ANY CALORIE RESTRICTION WHATSOEVER and the cumulative effects of all these positive changes are a major boon for one's metabolic health.
Unsurprisingly, the control group showed no changes over that same 16 week period.
The Takeaway: Adopt a Plant-Based Diet for a Better Metabolism
Even if you don't go completely vegan, eating mostly plant-based foods can do wonders for your health. Going green is certainly worth considering if you've struggling to lose fat or have heart disease, high cholesterol, or diabetes. We can help you make the transition. Grab our Plant-Based Vegan Guide (it's on sale now) and learn about how to eat a balanced plant-based diet for a vital, active body and life.
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