Infographic: We Are What We Eat

I came across this infographic on Pinterest. The link led me back to a page that has an article entitled "Reduce Tummy Fat" listing some reasons why people fail in losing belly fat.  But the infographic was not anywhere on the page so I am uncertain of its source.

Anyway, I liked it so well I decided to include it here and call it "We Are What We Eat" because if a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one says it all.

It is estimated that people who are on a plant-based diet and do not eat meat (vegans and vegetarians) have body weights that are 3% to 20% lower than people who regularly eat meat and dairy products.

 It should be pointed out that vegans and vegetarians do not all follow the same diet plans - they have both healthy and unhealthy food options.   Thus, it is entirely possible for a vegan or vegetarian to be overweight.  For example, a vegetarian may not eat meat, but may eat a lot of meatless processed, fast and junk food.

But, generally, vegetarians (and vegans in particular) are more health conscious and chose foods very carefully, most often staying away from processed, fast and junk food and, instead, opting for whole plant, natural foods that are low in calories, have little or no saturated or trans fat, are high in fiber and are nutrient dense. Vegetarians and vegans are probably also more inclined to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.  These two factors may account for the tendency for vegetarians and vegans to be slimmer as well as meat-eaters to lose more weight faster when they switch to a plant-based diet.

Infographic Source:  Unknown (please contact me for proper credit if you are the creator(s))
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