Why Vegetarians Are Less Likely To Be Overweight
It’s not just that vegetarians don’t eat meat-they’re generally prone to possessing a successful secret weapon (or two) that prevents them from packing on pounds. Thomas Moore, MD explains in The DASH Diet for Weight Loss.
It’s true that meat-and red meat in particular-contains much more high-calorie saturated fat than a lot of other foods. However, it’s not just because they don’t eat meat that vegetarians are less likely to be overweight or obese. People who have chosen a vegetarian diet tend to pay attention to other areas of their health. They often exercise more and don’t smoke. Just as important, if they have been practicing a vegetarian diet for some time, they will have developed skills and knowledge about how to eat a vegetarian diet that is both meat-free and lower in calories than the regular American diet.