This is just a quick article on what researchers are seeing in regards to 12 different weight loss plans. I chose this to critique because my initial reason for choosing to eat a Vegan/plant based diet was to lose weight.
“The study involved 1,151 dieters who followed a specific eating regime for between nine and 74 weeks.” (Lizzie Parry for MailOnline) In my opinion this is a decent amount of people to follow and a broad enough amount of time for a study. Just seeing these numbers helps me to understand the size of who was being studied and gives me a picture as to how much validity I can put into these results. Granted I am certain these results are pretty accurate as I have lost 30+ pounds since starting my vegan diet 2 months ago, but unless you are on this same journey as me you wouldn’t necessarily be able to have this knowledge to go on.
The article compares dieters following animal product diets, vegetarian diets and vegan diets. The vegan dieters lost around 5lbs more than those eating animal products and vegetarians lost about 3lbs more than those eating animal product diets according to this study.
My critique values are as follows:
Content Understanding: 6/10
The article is very technical. I don’t get the sense that the author fully understood the content, but was more just repeating information that was supplied to her. The information provided is all relevant and supportive, but not very engaging.
Clearly the author researched this topic, but I feel like she could have added more to make it flow better and be more interesting to the reader. Reads like a shopping list of diet plans.
Media Application: 6/10
There is a quick video of how to make Raw vegan chocolate. The video is also lacking as it doesn’t really give a recipe, just that if you mix cocoa powder, coconut milk, and maple syrup you get vegan chocolate. I was hoping for a recipe as I would love to make some chocolate I would be able to eat.
This was informative and it is reassuring to know vegan diets produce the best results when wanting to lose weight, but I felt like there could have been more to draw the reader in.