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A family in America has collectively lost 170lb in six months after adopting a whole-foods-plant-based-no-oil (WFPBNO) diet.

Gabriella Gyurko Ashford and her family ditched animal-products in support of her husband – who switched to a WFPBNO diet following a visit to the cardiologist.

‘Amazing journey’

Posting in the Forks Over Knives Official Facebook Group – an online community focusing on plant-based eating- Ashford shared the pictures of the family taken a year apart.

She said: “I did not see this amazing journey on my radar! I am really appreciating this forum because feeding the teenagers had seemed really daunting when I started… Thank you!”

The post attracted more than 4,700 likes and 370 comments at the time of writing.

Lower BMI

A study published last month discovered vegans and veggies tend to have a lower Body Mass Index (BMI).

The study, titled Less Animal-Based Food, Better Weight Status: Associations of the Restriction of Animal-Based Product Intake with Body-Mass-Index, Depressive Symptoms and Personality in the General Population, was published in the journal Nutrients.

In the abstract, the authors set out their intention, saying: “Restricting animal-based products from diet may exert beneficial effects on weight status; however, less is known about such a diet and emotional health. Moreover, personality traits, for example, high neuroticism, may contribute to restrictive eating habits and potentially confound diet-health associations. We aim to systematically assess if restrictive dietary intake of animal-based products relates to lower weight and higher depressive symptoms and if differences in personality traits play a significant role.”

Plant Based News has contacted Ashford for further information 

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.