By Diana Sanchez, Staff Writer
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The vegan diet is a highly successful diet for weight loss because it encourages healthy, whole foods, and eliminates a lot of unhealthy foods from your diet - helping you easily stick to a calorie deficit.
The vegan diet is different from the vegetarian diet in that while veganism excludes meat just like vegetarianism does, veganism also excludes all products that come from an animal, including dairy and eggs. I’ve never personally tried to go vegan (I‘m very attached to dairy) but I have friends who have switched to the vegan diet and love how great they feel on this diet. And the weight loss? AMAZING.
What are the Benefits of a Vegan Diet?
The vegan diet has many benefits:
- Very rich in plant-based nutrients
- Promotes weight loss
- Can decrease high blood sugar levels
- Lower risk of heart disease
- Lower risk of type 2 diabetes
- Lower risk of cancer
What are the Risks of a Vegan Diet?
Elevated risks of the vegan diet may include:
- Vitamin D & B-12 deficiencies
- Dieters may become deficient in iron, zinc, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids
- Hair loss
- Risk of stroke
What Can I Eat?
Nuts and nut butters
Seeds (Hemp, flax, chia)
Breads, rice, and pastas are okay - in moderation
Soy milk, Coconut milk, Almond milk
|Meat (red or white)
A Day on the Vegan Diet
The vegan diet is, for the most part, a healthy one, but like any diet where many foods are not allowed, it can lead to nutrient deficiencies that you have to be careful with. Of course, you can always take supplements to make up for this if this is a diet you’d like to stick to long-term.
If your goal is to lose weight, going vegan will help you lose a significant amount of weight - so long as you are tracking what you eat and opting for whole, unprocessed foods the majority of the time. While bread, pasta, and rice are technically allowed, that doesn’t mean you can eat these freely. Most foods on the vegan diet are healthy, and quite filling, which will make it easy for you to eat at a calorie deficit and lose weight.
Have you tried the vegan diet? What did you think?