Cut Way Back on Meat
You know you should up your intake of fruits and vegetables to lose those lbs. But even more effective is ditching the meat entirely. A study out of the University of South Carolina found that folks shed more weight on a plant-based diet than those who upped their produce intake but still chowed down on animal products. In fact, a metanalysis in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics revealed not only that people who stuck to a vegetarian or vegan diet lost roughly 10 pounds but also the older they were, the more weight they lost.
There’s another huge reason to cut back on bovine: “One in three men over 40 will die from heart disease, and eating more of a plant-based diet is the best way to optimize endothelial nitric oxide levels for cardiovascular protection and health,” says Kominiarek. In fact, a Mediterranean diet particularly heavy in healthy fats—olive oil, eggs, nuts, fatty fish—lowers your risk of not only heart disease, but also type 2 diabetes and certain cancers, according to a new study analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine. That’s three of the top 10 causes of death for American males that you can reduce your risk of just by eating less meat and more healthy plant-based fats.
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