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Eat More Plants, Weigh Less

Sharon Palmer

If you want to lose a few pounds for optimal health and wellness, then eat more plants. Research consistently finds that those who eat more whole plants typically weigh less. That’s because this eating style is packed with fiber, which promotes satiety (a sense of fullness). Whole plants are typically low-energy dense, meaning they don’t contain as many calories per bite of food, and you get to eat a higher volume of plants on your plate for a lower amount of calories. So it makes sense that a recent study found that the consumption of more plant-based foods is linked to reductions in body mass index and fat mass, even if people did not strictly follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, according to researchers at the European Congress on Obesity. And it may be a more budget-friendly option too. A second study of people who bought groceries online found a vegetarian diet cost about $2 per week less than a healthy US diet or a Mediterranean diet.

Read more about the study here.

For more information about budget-friendly plant-based diets, check out my tips.

Check out some more nutrition reports here:

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Image: Spaghetti Squash with Ratatouille, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN

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