The Truth About Plant-Based Diets and Weight Loss

Adam Meyer
7 min readApr 4, 2023
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Going plant-based won’t cause you to miraculously lose weight overnight.

But while plant-based diets have gained popularity in recent years as a healthy and sustainable way to lose weight and improve overall health, what does the science say about plant-based diets and weight loss?

Let’s take a closer look.

What is a Plant-Based Diet?

A plant-based diet is a way of eating that focuses on whole, minimally processed foods that come from plants. This includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

A plant-based diet can be vegetarian or vegan, but it doesn’t have to be. For example, some people follow a mostly plant-based diet while still including small amounts of animal products like meat, dairy, and eggs.

Plant-Based Diets and Weight Loss

One of the main reasons people turn to plant-based diets is for weight loss.

And the science supports this. Several studies have found that people who follow plant-based diets tend to have lower body mass indexes (BMIs) and are less likely to be obese than those who follow a standard Western diet that includes more meat, dairy, and processed foods.



Adam Meyer

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