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As per the reports published by Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 65% of American adults are overweight. There are many types of diets and meal plans available to help obese people lose weight and become fit namely – low carbs diet, high protein diet, Atkins diet, keratin diet, etc. Scientists have now found a new way to lose weight faster which is – GO VEGANand eliminate all types of animal food from your diet. Ru-Ti Huang, of E-Da Hospital in Taiwan, explained that the scientists derived this conclusion after studying the results of 12 different diet trials! Along with this, studies have also shown that a vegan diet is bound to result in weight loss, even without changes to exercise or limits on portion size, calories, or carbohydrates.
The scientific reason behind this is that when you consume vegetarian meals the calorie burnout rate is faster as opposed to omnivorous meals! Along with this, vegetarians are leaner because their diets are low in saturated fatand focus on the intake of food items that have lesser calories like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Even if you follow plant-based diets some factors need to be taken into consideration to make it contributory to weight loss. Let’s discuss them in detail –
1. Eat Quality Food
To contribute towards weight loss, a vegan should increase the intake of vegetables. fruits, lentils, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and healthy plant-based fats e.g: avocado. There are many fatty processed food options available for vegan diet followers also. The key to weight loss via being vegan is not only lowering the intake of animal-based food but also increases the consumption of nutrient-rich food options.
2. Don't Forget to exercise
Exercise is one of the most influential role players in the process of weight loss. Becoming a vegan and saying no to animal products is not the only factor that will help you lose weight, to do so you will have to MOVE & EXERCISE. In addition to eating a balanced, nutritional meal it is very important to make sure that fitness is part of your weight loss plan too!
3. Be Discipline
Even when you are following a vegan diet, you need to stick to basic fundamentals of self-discipline, sacrifice, and attention towards calorie details. Some important aspects of this content are – avoid eating out regularly, pay attention to portions, meal planning, etc. Along with this remember to avoid fried foods and rely on baking, steaming, boiling or grilling.
4. Don't Forget Protein
Protein is a key role player in the weight loss process. It helps to lose weight faster as it boosts satiety, preserves muscle, and boosts up metabolism. When you plan to opt for vegan diets don’t forget to pay attention to the protein intake. There are many vegan food items which are high in protein content like:
1 Cup Quinoa (cooked) – 8gms
1 Cup Lentils(cooked) – 17gms
Firm organic tofu – 9-11gms
1 oz almonds – 6gms
5. Avoid Fruit juices and smoothies
It is commonly observed that people tend to prefer the intake of drinks that combine green veggies and fruit. The juices contain far more calories and are comparatively less filling than the whole product. So when on a vegan diet forget the juices and say yes to whole fruits and veggies!
What else I can eat in a Vegan Diet?
Even after doing all the efforts and being extra careful on every move, humans can't live a harm-free life. Humans for their existence are used to displacing or destroying large and small life formsin each and every activity be it erection of buildings, planting seeds, digging crops, burning wood, flying airplanes, driving cars, or operating factories. Then some people have a difference in their intent, which leads to the classification of humans into two major heads – vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
Further, some vegans consciously strive to do no harm to any sentient life, including insects.This does not mean that vegans do not hurt others inadvertently, but that it is never their aim to do so. Vegans are very specific that they do not consume anything or engage in any activity which causes direct or indirect harm to any living thing. One of the common debating questions faced by vegans is related to honey –
“IS HONEY VEGAN?”
Honey which can be essentially termed as bee vomitis something that is collected by the honey bees from sucrose-rich flower nectar. It is then stored in the cells of their hive and used as their sole source of nutrition when alternative food sources are not available. The honey that bees produce is stored in their hives for their own purposes.
When humans remove honey from the hive, they take something that is not rightfully theirs.Further, to collect honey, beekeepers temporarily remove the bees from their home and during the process, even the most careful beekeeper cannot avoid inadvertently injuring, squashing, or otherwise killing some of the bees.
Although the consumption of honey is not deemed as the most important concern for vegansthe fact worth considering is that it is nevertheless an animal product. Further, the 1944 manifesto of the British Vegan Society, a position consistent with the requirement for full (vegan) membership in the American Vegan Society since its inception in 1960 has also prohibited the consumption of honey by vegans.
The bottom line of the discussioncan be concluded that though sweeteners are not at all necessary for humans as they do not have any essential nutrients, still, if vegans want to indulge in sweets, there are many substitutes available like organic, unbleached cane sugar; beet sugar; maple syrup; agave nectar; concentrated fruit syrups; rice syrup; barley malt; and sorghum syrup, among others. We do not need to choose between exploiting humans or bees to satisfy our sweet tooth. Concerned vegans can avoid it completely eliminating sweets from their diet or by choosing compassionate alternatives.
If you want to lose weight, it is the right time that you switch to being vegan and follow these tips to make your diet plan a hit!
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