Vegetarian diets: Will they help me to lose weight?

Maintaining a healthy weight is important to reduce your risk for many health conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, mental illness, and cancer. In this video, Dr. Megha Poddar discusses vegetarian or plant-based diets and their potential impact on health and weight loss.

0:00 – Meet Carl
2:05 – What are vegetarian diets?
3:35 – Are there nutrient considerations?
5:37 – Will you lose weight on a vegetarian diet?
7:08 – What are the other health benefits?
9:50 – Are there other considerations for older adults?

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This work is supported through the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and funds provided by the Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.

Disclaimer: These videos are provided for informational purposes only. They are not a substitute for advice from your own health care professional. The videos may be used for not-for-profit educational purposes only. Any other uses must be approved by the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (

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