You might think that cutting the carbs is the most effective and painful way of losing weight.
After all, No Pizza Before Ibiza must exist for a reason, right?
But new research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition claims that the key to shredding might actually lie in a plant-based diet.
Scientists claim that dieters not only lose weight more effectively when following a vegetarian diet but that going meat-free also boosts their metabolism.
They looked at a group of 74 type 2 diabetes sufferers who were put on a vegetarian diet of grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts.
And the researchers claim to have discovered that that diet was twice as effective as a meaty one.
On average, the newly veggie dieters lost an average of 14lbs versus 7lbs.
As well as simply losing weight, their plant-based diet helped reduce muscle fat which in turn, heightened metabolism.
‘This finding is important for people who are trying to lose weight, including those suffering from metabolic syndrome and/or type 2 diabetes,’ says Dr Kahleová.
‘But it is also relevant to anyone who takes their weight management seriously and wants to stay lean and healthy.’
So if you’re trying to slim down or maintain a healthy weight, it might not be a bad idea to try and have at lease one meat-free day a week.
Yet more proof that plant-life rules.