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Go Vegan and Lose Weight for Good
By Kimberly Beauchamp, ND

Healthnotes Newswire (November 8, 2007)—When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, a vegan diet, which excludes all animal foods. beats a low-fat diet, according to the journal Obesity.

About two-thirds of US adults and one-half of UK adults are overweight or obese. Many popular diets can help with weight loss in the short term, but the question remains how to keep the weight off. The new study compared a low-fat diet from the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) with a vegan diet for 14 weeks in 64 overweight postmenopausal women. “This is the first randomized, controlled trial to examine the effects of a vegan diet on weight loss maintenance,” the team said.

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Kimberly Beauchamp, ND, earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. She cofounded South County Naturopaths in Wakefield, RI. Dr. Beauchamp practices as a birth doula and lectures on topics including whole-foods nutrition, detoxification, and women’s health.

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