Would you try a diet that promises weight loss, as well as a longer life expectancy and risk against diseases.
That is what certain nutritionists are calling about the latest lifestyle diet ‘flexitarianism’.
What is a flexitarian diet?
A ‘flexitarian’ diet plan can bring weight loss and longer life to those who follow it, according to experts.
The diet is described as a “flexitarian or semi-vegetarian diet (SVD) is one that is primarily vegetarian with the occasional inclusion of meat or fish” by nutritionist Dr. Emma Derbyshire in Flexitarian Diets and Health: A Review of the Evidence-Based Literature.
Experts claim that embracing a vegetarian or vegan diet with the occasional inclusion of animal products may be the key to healthy living, and a trim waist line.
By cutting out red meat, or eating less, dieters can avoid the high amounts of fat and salt in the meat, causing weight loss and better overall health, fans of the diet claim.
Dr. Derbyshire claims that there is “emerging evidence suggestive of benefits for body weight, improved markers of metabolic health, blood pressure, and reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.”
A study has shown that adopting a diet with less meat and animal products can cause significant weight loss.
Scientists at I-SHOU University in China tested out eight different diets that each had a different approach to eating animal products.
They found that those on vegan and vegetarian diets lost the most weight when compared to meat-eating subjects.
The vegans lost on average 5.5lbs, while the vegetarians lost on average 4.5lbs.
The scientists commented: “Vegetarian diets appeared to have significant benefits on weight reduction compared to non-vegetarian diets.”
Various experts also claim that a plant-based diet with occasion animal products could pose a lesser cancer risk.
Abbigail Pace, from Western Kentucky University noted that: “Practicing the Flexitarian diet, a plant-based diet, in conjunction with physical activity can promote a lifestyle consistent with the American Cancer Society’s recommendations for reducing risks of breast and prostate cancer.”
What is a flexitarian diet plan?
Ideally with a flexitarian diet you would cut out meat two days a week initially and eat 26 ounces of meat over the remaining five days , according to flexitarian author Dawn Jackson Blatner.
An example of a flexitarian diet on a non-meat day could include muesli and natural yoghurt and a banana for breakfast.
For lunch you may enjoy a feta and pomegranate salad and for dinner a chickpea curry with brown rice.
However, on a meat day you could have eggs and breakfast, a salad for lunch and a turkey chilli for dinner.
Another diet plan has promised to help Britons lose weight fast.
This is the claim that scientists are making after a new study, which as been published in the journal Cell Research which is published by Springer Nature.
Scientists Kyoung-Han Kim and Yun Hye Kim claimed that not eating over long periods of time can cause fast slimming results.
Published at Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:45:00 +0000