Geez, you'd think by 2017 scientists would have figured out the key to long-term weight loss, right? Especially considering the plethora of diets we have on offer. From Paleo to low-carb, intermittent fasting, sirtfood and protein pacing, we're certainly not spoilt for choice - but is that actually a good thing? Sometimes, don't you just want to be told what works, not given another confusing, restrictive or complicated meal plan? We know we do.

So here's a little factoid to get chewing on: according to a new study from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, we've been wrong all along about protein-heavy and low-calorie diets. Apparently, the secret is all in your greens. Yep, according to this study, the most effective diet for long-term (as in the keeping the kilos off) weight success is a veggie-based one. 

Attention dieters, this is the secret to successful weight loss

The study was focused on 74 participants with type 2 diabetes and compared a vegetarian diet made up of grains, legumes, fruits, nuts and just one portion of low-fat yoghurt a day with a more conventional low-calorie diet made from carbs, protein and fat. While all respondents were asked to exercise, by the end of 12 weeks the results were fascinating. The vegetarian dieters lost 6.2kg of body weight while the traditional dieters lost only 3.2kg. And even though both diets led to a reduction in subfascial fat, vegetarian dieters also lost more intramuscular fat.

So there we have it folks, turns out green does equal lean. While we don't suggest it's any easier being green if you LOVE meat... but hey, no one said weight management was piece of cake. We'll leave you to digest this information how you want.

Attention dieters, this is the secret to successful weight loss