More than 60 people have lost a staggering 1134kg in under 20 weeks following a specific plant-based diet called the Natural Food Interaction (NFI) protocol, under the guidance of Dr. Janka Lejavova, MD.
The NFI protocol, a diet which was recently trialed at a National Institute in Slovakia, is a whole food, plant-based approach that goes one step further, by mixing and matching different plant foods in combinations that are tailored to an individual.
Founded by David Hickman and Zuzana Plevova, it has yielded impressive results in trials so far, with a 96.5 percent type 2 diabetes remission rate in patients that have completed the protocol.
Dr. Janka Lejavova, MD, has been treating type 2 diabetics in Slovakia for more than 12 years. While many advancements in the field have been pharmaceutical, Dr. Lejavova has become increasingly interested in using diet to tackle the condition since learning about the NFI protocol in September 2018.
In the last five months, 67 of her patients - who are on the NFI protocol for diabetes treatment - have seen some remarkable results, including a combined weight loss of 1134kg.
NFI Founder Hickman told Plant Based News: “The patients are all from Mikuláš or the surrounding areas which is a region in Slovakia. They all had no prior understanding of a whole food plant-based diet or veganism, which makes their weight loss a big step.”
He says the positive impact of the diet also goes further than the patients who have been treated.
“[This data] doesn’t take into account the knock-on effect,” he explained. “If you look at the ripple effect, how many families are adopting plant-based food, many are following the diet and are losing weight and experiencing health benefits.”
Dr. Lejavova, MD told PBN: “I am delighted about the results and am looking forward to prescribing the NFI protocol to more patients.”
*This article was updated on September 4 to reflect the increased weight loss of patients following the NFI protocol.