Plant-Based Workplace Intervention

NF-Jan29 Vegan Workplace Intervention

A billion people in the world are now overweight. That’s great news for the $13 billion weight loss supplement industry, but as I detailed in my 2-min. video Diet Pills Do a Fat Lot of Good, a recent review of common slimming supplements versus placebo concluded that none of them worked any better than the sugar pills. Unfortunately this lack of efficacy is not just limited to weight loss supplements despite what one might be told in a natural food store. See my videos:

Recently a similar conclusion about diet pills was reached by the Weight Management Center at Johns Hopkins concluding, “it is fitting to highlight that perhaps the most general and safest ‘alternative’ approach to weight control is to substitute low-energy density foods for high-energy density and processed foods, thereby reducing total energy intake.” In other words, more whole plant foods and fewer animals and junk. The Hopkins paper continues: “By taking advantage of the low-energy density and health-promoting effects of plant-based foods, one may be able to achieve weight loss, or at least assist weight maintenance without cutting down on the volume of food consumed or compromising its nutrient value.”

The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine decided to put this idea to work in a workplace dietary intervention study at GEICO corporate headquarters. Compared to a control worksite where employees were kept in the dark, employees were educated about the wonders of a plant-based diet for a couple months along with a few healthier options in the cafeteria without changes in exercise. Check out my 2-min. video Slimming the Gecko for the results!

I’ve previously mentioned Dr. Barnard’s landmark work with PCRM in:

Michael Greger, M.D.

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  • HemoDynamic, M.D.

    That’s a great study!

    Here’s a great video by VegSource that shows our pill pushers and Fake Obesity Experts in action. Enjoy!

    • Veganrunner

      Dr Hemo I dont like that video. Just goes to show you how complicated obesity is. These are people that should know better and they are still addicted to food.

      • HemoDynamic, M.D.

        Why is it that they have an addiction? The science is clear–a Plant Based Diet prevents, stops and reverses nearly all the chronic diseases! So why do you say that their addiction keeps them from seeing the insurmountable published research about the health promoting aspects of plant based eating and not reporting it to the people?
        Does their addiction decrease their IQ and their ability to assimilate data? Or is it those who may be supporting their research that cloud their vision and thought?
        Plant-based food for thought.

        • Veganrunner

          I think you answered your question in the first paragraph. The doctors in the video know this and continue to the point of being obese. Dr Weils has high cholesterol and would rather take a pill than lose weight and give up meat and dairy. Kind of sounds like an addition to me.

          I am sure you have patients that you educate on proper nutrition and they still are obese. They want to lose weight but are unable to follow your suggestions.

          I think the video is odd. IMHO.

      • Agreed, addiction (and human nature) is much more complicated than just knowing the facts. People come to conclusions based on facts, they make decisions based on emotions. Addiction cannot be overcome with reasoning and facts alone. It’s a start, yes, but not enough to elicit behavioral change.

    • I find the style of these videos a bit over the top, but I still love them. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thea

      Wow. I absolutely love this video. I think it is powerful and delivers a relevant message. Thanks for sharing it!

  • it states: “…to substitute low-energy density foods for high-energy density and processed foods…”. Seems to me that should be the other way around.

    • no, it was stated correctly.

    • Veganrunner

      Replace energy with the word calorie? Does that help?

    • Substituting gmo, pesticide, herbicide, pseudohormone-filled, petrochemical fertilizer-free foods for processed and industrial raised foods, would be my re-statement

      • “Substituting gmo, pesticide, herbicide, pseudohormone-filled, petrochemicals” are not synonyms for the word energy, be it high or low density. Calories is the correct substitution.”

  • Catherine J Frompovich

    If I may, I’d like to add another dimension to the weight problem. It is the constant ingestion of petro-chemicals and food additives that are un-natural constituents in human physiology, which prompt human tissue to protect itself from chemical damage first by retaining more water and when chemical insult continues, i.e., eating chemicals over years from cradle to grave, the body reverts to adding more ‘insulation’ to protect itself, and that is, it adds fat cells.

    No one in medicine wants to accept that because medicine is steeped in chemicals–pharmaceuticals. How many times have people who took antibiotics gained ten or more pounds after a course of antibiotics?

    The reasons a plant based diet works for weight loss and maintenance are numerous: 1) plant foods, unlike animal foods, do not contain chemically-produced hormones that pack on weight just not in the animals for slaughter as meat since those hormones remain in the meat, but in people who eat that meat; 2) plant foods, especially organically grown, contain fewer agricultural or animal husbandry chemicals thereby lessening the body’s toxic burden(s); 3) plant foods contain fiber and roughage that sweep the intestinal tract better than starches and proteins thereby pulling a lot of toxins out of the body into fecal matter with less tissue damage and inflammation; 4) plant foods are eaten mostly raw or cooked a la dente, which provides more vitamins and minerals thereby sparking enzyme systems to function more efficiently than eaters who ingest processed foods because heat and processing destroy nutritional values that keep a body fit.

    That’s why a natural foods and nutrition type diet, which espouses non-chemicalized foods, works better than the food industry’s spin regarding chemically enriched, enhanced, ‘synthetic’, and genetically modified foods, in my opinion.