What type of food do you eat? Does your weight loss depend on the amount of food you eat and your routine exercises alone? No, what you eat matters a lot and can determine how fast you can lose weight.
Scientific studies have shown that plant-based diets keep your weight down while meat, egg and other animal products will add you more weight.
It’s worth noting that some health organizations, e.g., US FDA, have warned against some weight loss products that are still in the market today. Some of these products include; weight loss chewing gums, body wraps, and starch blockers.
Below are four benefits of losing weight through a plant-based diet. Read on to find out more:
Today, weight loss has become an industry where money-making is the primary goal of many. There are weight loss pills, easy exercise machines, juices, herbs and various exercise programs. Which one works and which one does not work? It will take you more time and money to find out which one, among the many weight loss methods, works best and has no side effects.
Most vegans and vegetarians know what they eat. This helps them lose more weight while they save more money because almost all vegan foods are cheap as compared to meat and other animal products.
In the same way, a high fiber food diet goes through your body’s system at a fast rate; a plant-based food production chain is also short. Imagine the period, energy and resources in growing animals for meat. Expensive, isn’t it? Remember, It takes 5 kilograms of grain to produce a kilogram of meat.
In a nutshell, a vegan diet is the best wallet-friendly weight loss recipe for those who want to lose weight.
2. An Effective diet
Vegans contain phytochemicals, antioxidants, minerals, water, vitamins e.t.c. Making them excellent sources of adequate energy that is needed by the body.
Another research done over a period of 5 years revealed people who changed their diet from meat eaters to vegans during the 5 years gained less weight as compared to others.
Most of us believe that a diet that is low in carbohydrates and high in proteins is the best to help us lose weight. Is it true? No, studies have shown that people who depend on a diet that has high carbohydrates and low proteins loss more weight if combined with exercises. This means that the more you consume animal products, the more weight you will gain weight- this makes plant-based diet the best choice.
Depending on vegan alone may not be very effective if you don’t accompany it with some physical activities. Hence, in whatever you eat do some physical activity for the most efficient plant-based weight loss results.
3. Good health
A balanced vegan diet leads to good health. For instance, diabetes (a condition associated with being overweight and also having inadequate nutrition) carries 3X the risk of developing colorectal cancer. Also, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can drastically reduce the effects of an asthma attack.
Any diet that doesn’t contain meat or dairy products has less saturated fat. High levels of fat in the body lead to an increase in body cholesterol levels and also an increase in heart disease. Besides, fats contain way more calories than other foods. Thus, vegans will consume fewer calories which will translate to high chances of losing weight.
However, vegan eating does not guarantee you good health. You have to ensure you limit junk food and also provide adequate intake of nutrients that may not be available in vegan foods.
4. Act as a weight loss motivation
It’s evident that vegans are socially responsible eaters. You may wish to lose weight, but if you don’t have a holistic picture of your health, you will not be motivated to be on a diet that can help you lose weight.
Good insights on how important it’s for you to lose weight by becoming a vegan will act as a motivation for you.
In general, people who are overweight sometimes need a little motivation and insight. For example, if you know you want to exercise and stay on a plant-based diet to lose weight, you will be motivated towards your goal.
If you are overweight, it’s not too late! You only need to motivate yourself, do routine physical activities and check on your diet.
Although some people may have medical conditions which may lead to their overweight state, it’s advisable that they should try out plant-based diets, exercises along with a doctor’s prescription.
However, it will not be right to recommend a vegan diet alone as a direct cure for other overweight conditions, e.g., medical conditions.
If you know you are overweight and you don’t have any medical problems, what are you waiting for? Start your weight loss journey today!