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“American Idol” Winner Now Slimmer

Singin' the praises of a veg diet:

Singin’ the praises of a veg diet: “I lost weeeeeeight!”

I must go on record stating how pleased I am about Ruben Studdard‘s substantial weight loss from a vegetarian diet. Go Ruben!

Dr. Barnard, Neal Barnard, M.D., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and his fellow researchers found something we all knew—a veg diet promotes good health.

A low-fat vegetarian diet helped people with diabetes shed unwanted pounds, as well as improve their blood sugar control and cholesterol levels. In another study, published last year in The American Journal of Medicine, Dr. Barnard and his co-authors found that a low-fat, plant-based diet is more effective for weight loss and improving insulin sensitivity than an omnivorous diet.

Setting a wonderful example for his fans and veg nay-sayers out there, Ruben reportedly lost about 100 pounds! That is a tremendous accomplishment. His improved health may also inspire others battling the bulge.

I hope Ruben maintains his new lifestyle, because that’s what it is—a way of life. At the moment it may be only a diet for him. Hopefully, he will also recognize the powerful ethical and global impact of veg living (Maybe he’ll go vegan one day. We can dream).

My concern is that like other notable figures in the public eye, he may later declare some reason for not continuing, and that would be a shame.

But let’s focus on the positive and embrace Ruben for his life-changing decision.

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