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Plant-Based Diets Best for Weight Loss and Diabetes

A plant-based diet leads to twice as much weight loss as a traditional diabetes diet, according to research presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 77th Scientific Sessions and published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Researchers compared weight loss for 74 patients with type 2 diabetes on either a vegetarian or non-vegetarian diet of equal caloric value.

Plant-Based Diet Best for Heart Disease and Obesity

A whole-food, plant-based diet is best for reducing weight and cholesterol, according to a study published this week in Nutrition & Diabetes.

Nurses Experience Benefits of Plant-Based Diets

A new publication in the American Journal of Nursing shows the benefits of plant-based diets for nurses and their patients.

Fewer Americans Trying to Lose Weight

The number of people attempting to reach a healthy weight decreased in recent years, according to data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Grains Protect Against Heart Disease

Consumption of both refined and whole grains helped reduce weight, blood pressure, and total and LDL cholesterol among overweight and obese patients, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.

High-Protein Diets Cancel Out Weight-Loss Benefits

A high-protein diet does not promote healthful weight loss, according to a study published in Cell Reports.

Weight Loss Slowed Metabolism in “Biggest Loser” Contestants

Significant weight loss slows the body’s metabolism, creating an obstacle for weight management, according to a study published online in Obesity.

Weight Loss Prevents Cognitive Decline

Weight loss helps prevent brain damage caused by type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online in Diabetes Care.

Grains Aid Weight Management

Grains aid in weight maintenance, according to an abstract presented at this year’s American Society for Nutrition Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology.

Legumes Aid Weight Management

Beans, lentils, chickpeas, and other legumes aid weight management, according to a meta-analysis published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Vegetarian and Vegan Diets Reduce Risk of Heart Disease and Cancer

Vegetarian and vegan diets improve health and protect against early death from disease, according to a meta-analysis published online in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition.

Flavonoids in Fruit Aid Weight Control

Flavonoids found in apples, pears, onions, and other fruits and vegetables improve weight control, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.

Low-Fat Diet Alters Taste Buds

A low-fat diet increases sensitivity in taste buds to fatty foods in those with obesity, according to a study published in Obesity.

Weight Control More Important than Exercise

A new study suggests that weight control is more important than exercise for health.

Fruits and Vegetables Aid Weight-Management

Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet will help manage your weight, according to a study published in PLoS Medicine.

Cutting Fat Reduces Body Fat Better Than Cutting Carbs

Reducing fat in your diet is better for weight loss than restricting carbohydrates, according to a new study published by the National Institutes of Health.

Meat-Free Diets Best for Weight Loss

A vegetarian or vegan diet is best for weight loss, according to a study published in Eating Behaviors. Researchers assigned participants to one of five diets, vegan, vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, or omnivorous, for six months as part of the New DIETs study.

Vegetarian Diets Aid Weight Management

A vegetarian dietary pattern may be the most effective for weight loss, according to a meta-analysis published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Researchers at Harvard, in conjunction with researchers in Taiwan, reviewed 12 randomized controlled trials, with and without calorie restrictions, encompassing 1,151 participants assigned to various vegetarian and nonvegetarian weight-loss diets.

Large Review Shows Weight Loss with Vegetarian Diets

Adopting a vegetarian diet leads to weight loss, without calorie counting or exercise, according to a new meta-analysis published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

High-Fiber Diets Increase Lifespan

People who consumed the most fiber were 19 percent less likely to die during study periods ranging up to a decade.

A Vegan Diet Proves Most Effective for Weight Loss

A vegan diet leads to the most weight loss, compared with other dietary patterns, according to a new study in the journal Nutrition.

Plant-Based Diet Reverses Heart Disease

Heart disease can be dramatically improved by a plant-based diet

Statin Users Gain Weight

Statin Users Gain Weight

Exercise Does Not Burn Off Bad Diet

Exercise does not prevent holiday weight gain, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Plant-Based Diets Better for Weight Loss

A plant-based diet leads to more weight loss, according to findings presented at the Obesity Society's annual conference.

Exercise Not Helpful for Weight Loss

Exercise can provide many health benefits, but weight loss is not necessarily one of them, according to a recent study published in Population Health Metrics.

Losing Weight Improves Memory

Weight loss among 20 overweight, postmenopausal women resulted in better memory skills, according to findings presented last weekend at The Endocrine Society's annual meeting.

Red Meat Increases Diabetes Risk

People who increase their red meat intake gain weight and increase their risk for diabetes, according to a new study published by the American Medical Association.

Myths and Presumptions about Obesity Abound

False and scientifically unsound beliefs about obesity persist in both the media and scientific literature, according to an article published in January's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Physicians Providing Less Help with Weight Issues, Compared with a Decade Ago

Physicians are doing less patient counseling for weight problems now than they were a decade ago, according to the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.

Low-Fat, Plant-Filled Diet Reduces Weight and Symptoms of Menopause

Women who were encouraged to eat a low-fat diet with more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains were more likely to lose weight and reduce hot flashes and night sweats, according a new study in the journal Menopause.

Glycemic Index of Foods Influences Weight Loss

Decreasing the intake of high-glycemic foods can help reduce body weight, according to a new article in the Journal of Nutrition.

For Weight Loss, Food Choices Play Bigger Role than Exercise

Food intake has a larger impact on weight loss than exercise, according to a new study in the International Journal of Obesity.

Physical Inactivity Does Not Cause Weight Gain in Children

Lack of physical activity is not the cause of weight gain in children, according to a study in Archives of Diseases in Childhood.

Meat Causes Weight Gain

Meat eating leads to weight gain, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Food Taxes Could Improve America's Health

Taxing unhealthful foods may be an effective way to control weight and prevent common chronic diseases, according to a new study.

Nation's Weight Gain Attributed to Excess Food, Not Lack of Exercise

In a paper presented at the European Congress on Obesity last month, researchers concluded that weight gain in the United States over the past 30 years can be attributed almost entirely to calorie intake, as opposed to lack of physical activity.

Another Study Shows No Link Between Dairy and Weight Loss

A new study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shows that dairy products have no effect on metabolism or weight control.

Vegan Diet Improves Diet Quality, Cardiovascular Disease Risk, and Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

A low-fat vegan diet is associated with better diet quality, weight management, and blood glucose control compared to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) dietary recommendations for diabetes, according to a study by PCRM researchers published in the October 2008 Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

A Vegan Diet for Diabetes Control

A study in the August issue of Diabetes Care, published by the American Diabetes Association, shows that a low-fat, vegan diet is highly effective for blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes.

Dairy Products Fail to Stop Weight Gain

A new study from Harvard's Health Professionals Follow-up Study gives no support to the advertising claim that milk helps control weight.

Vegan Diet Causes Weight Loss, Without Exercise, Calorie-Counting, or Portion Limits

A low-fat vegan diet causes significant weight loss, even without exercise, calorie-counting, or portion limits, according to a study conducted by PCRM researchers and published in the September 2005 American Journal of Medicine.

Dairy Products and Overweight

A new study from Purdue University counters the notion that dairy products encourage weight loss, an idea touted in dairy industry advertisements.

New Study Compares Four Popular Diets

Tomorrow's Journal of the American Medical Association reports the results of a head-to-head comparison of four popular diets: Atkins, Ornish, Weight Watchers, and the Zone.

Vegan Diet Proves Its Acceptability

A new study shows that a major diet overhaul is easier than most people might have imagined.

Two Keys to Weight Loss: Cut Energy Density and Trim Portion Size

A new study shows how remarkably easy it is to trick the appetite so as to cause weight loss or weight gain.

Low-Carb Diets: New Concerns about Cholesterol and Regained Weight

Tomorrow's Annals of Internal Medicine contains two reports that raise more cautions about low-carbohydrate diets.

Weight Loss: It's Calories, Not Carbs

Based on their analysis of 107 research articles reporting results on 3,268 participants, Stanford University researchers concluded that weight loss was associated with longer diet duration and restriction of calories, but not with reduced carbohydrate intake.

Understanding Atkins

This week, Dr. Eric Westman of Duke University presented data from his study of the Atkins Diet at the American Heart Association (AHA) meeting, prompting many misinterpretations in the press.