CLEVELAND, OH – Lisa Page makes breakfast with her husband Dave. On the menu: oatmeal and berries.
It’s one of many meals they learned about while on a plant-based diet.
"It's fruits, vegetables and whole grains. On some diets you can't have carbs and stuff, but they encourage carbs, but just whole-grain carbs,” said Lisa.
She originally started the diet with their 15-year-old daughter, Katie.
They were asked to try it as part of a study with the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Macknin helped put it together. He said they wanted to see how kids would react versus their parents.
"It was a four-week long study and the patients all got two hours each week of education about the diet,” he said.
While the Pages were doing the plant-based diet, other families experimented with the American Heart Association diet.
He said it’s a little different.
"It, on the other hand, does allow some added oils, some healthy oils, low fat meats, and it also permits you to have some fish too,” he explained.
Both groups ended up losing a significant amount of weight, and also improved their blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
"I stopped one of my diabetes medications; I stopped my cholesterol medication; I lost a lot of weight. Just in the month, I lost nine pounds,” said Lisa.
Katie lost about eight pounds. She admits she wasn’t disciplined at times.
"I don't do the diet today, but there are things that I use pretty much every meal,” she said.
Dave said he just felt better and his runs became a lot easier. He said he got one of his best marathon times with this diet.
“The biggest thing that I noticed when I started this diet is all my joint pain; it almost all went away,” he said.
This research is just the beginning.
Dr. Macknin said they’re not looking into the effects of long-term dieting.
He said with so many positive results, he thinks this diet could become mainstream one day.
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