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Who has the slimmest waist?

Meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians, or vegans?

According to a new study, vegans do. Vegans are vegetarians who not only forego eating meat, fish, or fowl but all foods derived from animals. However, the reason vegans tend to be slimmer may lie in what they do eat: fiber. Lots of it. And that’s a habit you can easily duplicate. Fiber makes you feel full longer, and it seems to inhibit fat absorption. Broccoli pizza on whole wheat crust, anyone?

Although fiber seems to help fat deposits, a meat-laden diet does just the opposite—it actually can cause an increase in body fat, especially in the belly, one of the worst places for it to accumulate in terms of both your health and your self-image.

One possible explanation is that high-protein diets may change the hormonal makeup of the body, altering body chemistry in a way that increases fat around the abdomen. Whatever the reason, the point is clear: You have yet another reason to up your intake of fiber-rich fruits, veggies, and whole grains—a smaller waist.

—International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders 2003 June;27(6): 728-734.

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Reprinted with permission from the Canadian Adventist Messenger, September 2006. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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