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Osbourne shared her weight loss news on Instagram earlier this week, making mainstream media headlines.
According to the Daily Mirror, the star has credited her plant-based diet with helping her lose weight and improve her relationship with food.
Osbourne once said she put pounds on after overcoming her drug addiction, saying: “I replaced the drugs with food and just got fatter and fatter. I’m an emotional eater. When I get upset, my diet goes out the window.”
It was changing her lifestyle that helped her tackle her weight, she admitted, telling HuffPost: “Once I learned how to work out right and eat right, it’s one of those things that you just have to commit to a life change rather than being on a diet.”
Now a nutritionist has praised plant-based diets in a Marie Claire article titled Kelly Osbourne lost six stone by going vegan: three nutritionists share if the diet is good for weight loss.
Nutritionist Lauren Windas said plant-based diets ‘can be beneficial for weight loss if meals often include more of an abundance of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds’ and legumes, which are relatively low in calories and can support metabolic health.
Marie Claire added: “Emphasis here on the if, but if you do adopt a well-balanced vegan lifestyle packed with nutrient-dense foods and maintain a calorie deficit in doing so, the likelihood is you’ll lose weight. Plus, you’ll be nourishing your body while doing so. Win, win.”
She added that because plant-based diets tend to be higher in fiber, people following them often feel ‘fuller and more energized’.
“This could lead to reduced calorie consumption and potentially less snacking between meals, which could in turn result in weight loss,” she said.
Not all the nutritionists were totally positive, with some criticisms of plant-based diets including that people should plan to ensure they aren’t becoming nutrient deficient in B12 and iron (just as those following omnivorous diets should).
‘Suitable for all stages of life’
Irrespective of reporting, it’s important to note that major nutritional bodies, including the British and American Dietetic Associations, say that plant-based diets can be suitable for all stages of life.
“It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases,” the American Dietetic Association says.
“Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”