Dr. Neil Barnard writes on his blog at PCRM.org that the latest celebrity to join Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus in embracing a vegan diet isn’t a singer or actor—he’s a truck driver. Bobby “Plant-Fueled Trucker” Andersen, a 45-year-old Mississippi truck driver, recently lost 65 pound on a vegan diet. He’s also exercising again and off of all medications—with his doctor’s approval.
How did he do it? On the road, he cut out barbecue, fast-food cheeseburgers, and other meat and dairy products and replaced them with more fruits and vegetables and plant-based meals—like veggie stir-fry and mac-and-no-cheese with broccoli—he cooks at home on his day off.
Andersen’s results are amazing, but backed by the latest research. Researchers at Harvard University recently reviewed studies of various vegetarian and nonvegetarian diets and found that study participants who were assigned vegan diets lost 5.5 pounds more on average, the most of any dietary group. And a meta-analysis the Physicians Committee published earlier this year found that participants on a vegan diet for at least four weeks lost an average weight of 7.5 to 10 pounds.
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