People who choose the vegan lifestyle do it for a variety of reasons: health, environmental morals or ethics and animal welfare.
While aware that a vegan diet is not for everyone, researches show that it can be very consistent when it comes to losing weight. Studies have shown that the vegan approach is a very efficient method for shedding pounds, while keeping your diet healthy and balanced. With healthy eating education and healthy snacks, the vegan diet has very good results, also improving your health and giving your body a break from daily bad habits.
Overall, vegans usually have lower BMI’s and a better balance of macro-nutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins). Pesco-vegetarians don’t have a very different status regarding weight-loss when compared to meat-eaters and semi-vegetarians. Considering this point of view, it seems that avoiding meat and meat products may be a very efficient way to lose weight.
Trying to decide which diet is the best for you can be overwhelming and pretty difficult, even for a nutritionist. Choosing depends on age, eating habits, health status, food preferences, target of the dieter, medical advice, dieter’s motivation and so on.
It is generally accepted that by removing meat or animal products, dieters give their digestive system a break. It takes about 24 to 72 hours to digest meat and process it through your body, which can result in toxin accumulation and a very big effort for the digestive system.
Of course protein is a big part of anyone’s diet and can even help losing weight. But the key here is balance. When it comes to fat (total, saturated and cholesterol measurements), vegetarians and vegans have the best outcome, due to the lack of unhealthy fat in their nutrition. As for protein, plant proteins can easily provide essential and non-essential amino acids the body needs, as long as enough calories are being ingested and various foods are consumed.
When considering carbohydrates, whole grains are full of fiber and easier for the body to digest than meat in general. They are filling, nutritious and consistent. We are talking whole grains, not refined, processed grains, so common in our stores today. When a vegan eats plain pasta and white bread without the veggies, he will not be losing weight as healthily as a lean protein dieter will. Balancing caloric intake is the key to weight loss, but there are healthy and unhealthy ways to eliminate the extra pounds when approaching a vegan diet.
Having an equilibrated nutritional intake, calorie intake and keeping in mind that exercising always helps, you may consider changing lifestyle and adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet, that besides losing weight has many considerable health advantages.