Many people will write going vegan off as the slavish adherence to a trend. However, most people who follow the diet have made a conscious choice to make veganism part of their lifestyle. Many choose the diet as part of their social and environmental responsibility, while others become vegans seeing it as healthier than an omnivorous diet. Most followers of the diet cite both factors as part of their reasoning. What’s the difference between vegans and vegetarians you might ask? Vegetarians consume some animal products. They only abstain from eating meat. They will eat animal-based foods like eggs and dairy products. Vegans consume neither meat nor any other animal-based foods.
A vegan diet is 100% plant-based. There are some processed vegan foods. However, vegan food is, on the whole, natural and organic. This factor alone has health benefits for vegans since processed foods are the cause of many health problems. There are misperceptions that all vegans can eat are salads and vegetable bakes. This misinformation couldn’t be further from the truth as there are so many meal options for vegans. Al l it takes is a bit of creativity and a wide-ranging vegan recipe book to discover that there are many tasty meals for vegans. Many celebrities are vegans. The long list of names includes Madonna, Ariana Grande, Peter Dinklage, and former U.S President, Bill Clinton. All are outspoken proponents of veganism, saying that they will never regret their choice to ‘go green.’ Here are just some of the benefits of choosing a vegan diet.
You’ll lose weight
A vegan diet results in weight loss because there is a zero animal fat intake which is one of the biggest culprits for weight gain and it contains far fewer calories than a regular diet. Studies conducted have shown that a vegan diet promotes weight loss. In one study, people on a regular diet followed a calorie-restricted eating plan. Vegans were allowed to eat as much as they wanted. Despite this, the vegans maintained lower body weights. In many instances, the vegans’ calorie intake was more moderate than their counterparts.
One of the reasons for this is suspected of being the highly fibrous nature of a vegan diet. Eating a lot of fiber makes you feel full faster and keeps you feeling full longer. Vegans tend to have a lower BMI (body mass index) than non-vegans. A lower BMI means their height to weight ratio is healthy, and there is minimal fat on their bodies. Taking on a vegan diet automatically reduces your calorie intake. Veganism will help you to lose weight without needing to go on a regular weight loss plan that focuses on cutting down calorie intake. You’ll have fewer hunger pangs and cravings if you adopt a vegan diet.