To the Editor:
Millions of people will start diets this New Year's Day.
But many of those weight-loss plans aren't healthy or sustainable.
As a dietitian, I encourage Americans to start 2010 with a healthy vegan diet.
Abundant research has shown that people who maintain a healthy weight over the long-term tend to eat a plant-based diet.
This simple prescription for weight loss doesn't require any portion control or calorie counting. A diet with plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables can also boost the immune system and prevent illnesses.
A meatless diet can even help reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 Diabetes, and some cancers.
A free online program starting New Year's Day offers people all the tools they need to try a healthy plant-based diet.
The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart provides daily recipes and advice from dietitians, doctors, and celebrity diet counselors, including Alicia Silverstone.
Sign up at 21DayKickstart.org.
Susan Levin, M.S., R.D.,
Director of Nutrition Education,
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine,