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What You Need About Vegan Diets

Updated on August 8, 2015

There are many reasons why a person chooses the vegan diet. We are going to look at the weight loss benefits associated with the diet and at no time will we debate whether "vegan" is the best choice that is something you must decide on your own.

No saturated Fat from Animal Protein

Heart disease is the number one killer in this country and the primary cause of heart disease is diets rich in saturated fat. Protein found in animal meat is usually full of saturated fats and this puts our body at an increased risk of heart disease. This meat is also loaded with calories and as we all know that the more calories you consume the harder it is to lose weight. By cutting out the meat you are removing both excess calories and saturated fat.

Without Meat How Can I Get My Protein?

Individuals who embrace the vegan diet will need to look for non-animal sources of protein. There are various nuts and condiments like hummus that will provide your body with the protein it needs to function properly. You must look at the total number of calories in these foods to make sure you are not going beyond your recommended daily calorie intake.

Can I Still Have My Dairy?

There are some people who believe that adults should not have dairy products at all but others contest this thinking. If you are strictly following the vegan diet then you would not consume dairy since it comes from an animal. Individuals could substitute dairy with soy or almond milk which tastes good and provides your body with all of the nourishment it needs.

Why Do People Lose Weight With A Vegan Diet?

A vegan diet alone does not guarantee weight loss success you will need to take proactive steps like getting more exercise but this diet does remove two of the primary sources of saturated fat namely meat and dairy. Since these individuals are eating less calories they should lose weight but there are no guarantees. There are individuals who figure that since they are on a vegan diet they can eat all they want without having to worry about weight gain but that is dangerous thinking. As you increase the total number of calories being consumed you are going to gain weight there is no denying that fact.

How Can A Person Make The Most Of This Vegan Diet?

Since you are removing animal products from your diet you must learn how to substitute ingredients so you can create great tasting dishes without meat or animal products. By using low calorie substitutes your overall calorie intake should be considerably lower which should benefit your health and wellbeing.

The most important thing to keep in mind when adopting any new diet is to not think of it as a "diet" but a lifestyle choice. By not thinking about this diet all the time and just living your life you will achieve your weight loss goals just remember to reward yourself along the way to help stay motivated.

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