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Is going on a vegan diet a healthy way to lose weight?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Yes: In my opinion, being a vegan can be a very healthy way to eat and get to the weight that nature intended you to be. It is important to supplement with B12 if you become a vegan. Talk it over with your doctor first.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Not really: The long term effect of a low fat, vegan diet is malnutrition. Used for a short time (4-6 weeks) a low fat diet can be employed for weight loss. However, the long lerm effects of low fat diets are miserable. A low fat - high carb diet will lead to high Insulin levels, high triglcyerides, low hdl, metabolic syndrome and finally high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can going vegan help me lose weight?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Often times - yes: Many people do lose weight when they switch to a vegan lifestyle. Calories burned must exceed calories consumed.

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