When we want to shed some pounds, we typically look to dropping sugars and carbs from our diets. But a new study reveals that cutting back on sweeteners and breads might not be the most effective method after all. The most successful weight loss could come from ditching something more dieter-friendly at first glance — meat.

The research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition revels that dieters adopting vegetarian diets not only boost their metabolism but end up losing more weight overall — twice as much weight, in fact.

A group of 74 participants with type 2 diabetes followed strict vegetarian diets of grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts. What researchers saw was that the vegetarian diet was twice as effective as the more common diet method at helping people shed pounds. Participants on the veggie diet lost on average 14 pounds vs. the typical 7 pounds.

But the participants didn’t see their results end at weight loss. They also saw higher metabolisms and a reduction in muscle fat.

“This finding is important for people who are trying to lose weight,” said Dr. Kahleova, a researcher for the study.”This is also relevant to anyone who takes their weight management seriously and wants to stay lean and healthy.”

So if you’re looking to get a leaner beach body before that summer trip, consider ditching the burgers and dogs and replacing them with some luscious summer salads or hearty black bean burgers.

(h/t Delish)


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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.