People give up all sorts for their New Year’s resolutions.
If you don’t know whether you can face the weekend without a few pints, or if you think a life without chocolate isn’t worth living, another option could be to give up meat.
Not only will you be doing your bit for climate change, but there are also health benefits to cutting meat out of your diet.
Here’s seven reasons, in case you need convincing:
1. Weight loss
The average person can lose around 10 pounds if they give up meat.
This is according to researchers at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, who reviewed 15 studies across Europe and America and found that a plant-based diet can help you lose weight even without counting calories or changing your exercise routine.
Another study, involving Buddhist monks, found vegetarianism lowers your body mass index (BMI).
One study found that people who were weekly consumers of all meats were 29 per cent more likely to develop diabetes than vegetarians. Those who consumed any processed meats were 38 per cent more likely to develop diabetes.
4. ...and cancer
The World Health Organisation classifies processed meat as carcinogenic, meaning bacon and salami are categorised alongside gamma radiation and cigarettes.
Red meat is labelled as “probably” having cancer-causing properties.