Is a complex diet better or worse for meeting your weight-loss goal? A new study suggests that simpler is indeed better, thereby a whole-plant-based-diet is a natural candidate when considering simplistic diets.
Most people have personal experience with dieting, including myself, and it’s common knowledge that key success factors to losing weight is willpower and dedication. A recent study has pinpointed another factor which plays an important part and might not be as obvious; the complexity of the diet. The study found that with a more complex diet, subjects were less likely to loose weight. In other words, simpler is better, as holds true for many things in life. The researchers noted:
“For people on a more complex diet that involves keeping track of quantities and items eaten, their subjective impression of the difficulty of the diet can lead them to give up on it,”w
In recent time more evidence has been appearing to support many of the supposed health benefits of adhering to a varied whole-plant-based-diet. Without going deeper into that issue, the diet is at least very simple; just eat mostly whole plant based food. It’s not really what I consider to be a “weight loss diet”, since it can be more of a permanent dietary change which you can live with happily ever after. It’s not inherent that you will loose weight from a whole plant based diet at all, but this holds true for any diet since body weight is only dependent on energy input relative to energy output. It’s probably easier loosing weight with a whole plant based diet though, since the energy density of plant foods are generally less than that of meat. Hence, most end up on the healthy side of the scale after a while. In addition there could be many added benefits of such a diet related to longevity and preventing common lifestyle diseases.
You might be asking yourself how much such a terrific diet will put you back, well, that’s the best thing, it’s completely 100% free! (You still have to pay for the actual food you eat though)
Is this a diet which would work for you? Have you tried it? Is it indeed simple? Is there even simpler diets? Hit me up with a comment and share your thoughts and experiences on this issue!