Meatless Monday: What’s the catch?

cucumber-saladSometimes it seems as though every five minutes there is a new diet trend emerging and threatening to sabotage your dinner plans. From Atkins to South Beach, we have all tried to keep up with the latest and greatest health plan at one time or another.

Well this week we are finally going to give into the newest craze: Meatless Monday. A lifestyle, not a diet, that promises to drastically improve your health odds, while still offering you the freedom to indulge in your favorite non-meat foods.

Every new diet comes with its fair share of skeptics, which is why we have compiled these four benefits and explanations to why we think Meatless Monday just may be the answer to your major health concerns.

Limit the risk of cancer. Yes, you read that right. By eliminating meat from your diet one day a week you can reduce your risk of developing certain cancers. The catch? Just reducing meat will lower your chance of cancer, colon cancer specifically, but studies show that increasing your fruit and vegetable intake actually does more for you in the long run.

Fight the ‘betes —diabetes that is. Red meats are statistically shown to increase the chance of developing type 2 diabetes. By cutting meat out of your diet, just one day a week, you will eliminate on average 13 pounds of meat consumption per year.

Stayin’ alive! The consumption of red meat is linked to an increase of cancer and cardiac related mortality, by taking it down a notch you just may be keeping yourself alive.

Helps with the slim down. Studies show that reducing a person’s meat intake can significantly lower their overall weight gain over a 5-year period of time. When you remove meat from the menu, it is good to fill up on other proteins, like nuts and beans, which will help to jumpstart your metabolism and keep you from packing on the pounds.

Overall, Meatless Monday has a lot of benefits. The moral of the story, though, is moderation. Meat is not bad for you, but by giving your body a break once a week you can help to set yourself up for success.

Not every person will benefit from cutting meat out of his or her diet completely, which is why it is important to talk to your doctor before beginning any diet plan.


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