Here’s how eating plant-based diet can improve metabolism
A study published in JAMA Network Open by researchers from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, claims that a plant-based diet can improve cardiometabolic risk factors in overweight individuals and boost metabolism rate leading to faster weight loss.
The researchers randomly assigned overweight participants who had no history of diabetes to an intervention in a 1:1 ratio.
Participants in the intervention group were asked to follow a low-fat, plant-based diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes with no calorie limit for 16 weeks.
Neither group was made to change the diet, exercise, or medication routines unless directed by their personal doctors.
Researchers used indirect calorimetry to measure how many calories participants burned after a standardised meal at both the beginning and end of the study.
The plant-based group increased after-meal calorie burn by 18.7 per cent, on average, after 16 weeks. The control group’s after-meal burn did not change significantly.
Study author Hana Kahleova, MD, Ph.D., director of clinical research for the Physicians Committee said, “These findings are groundbreaking for the 160 million Americans struggling with overweight and obesity. Over the course of years and decades, burning more calories after every meal can make a significant difference in weight management.”