Lose Weight With a Plant Based Diet

Lose Weight With a Plant Based Diet

Have you tried many different diets and still had trouble losing weight and keeping it off? Well, choosing a plant-based (vegan) approach, with no meat, dairy, honey, or eggs, just might be the last “diet” you ever have to go on!

According to recent research completed in 2015, vegans lost more weight than lacto-ovo vegetarians (people who eat eggs, honey, and dairy, but not meat), followers of low-fat diets, Atkins dieters, and those who followed other diet plans.

A vegan diet was proclaimed as the most effective weight-loss choice. In longer-term studies done over five years, vegans were also more likely to maintain their weight loss.

You really can lose weight with a plant based diet, and you will improve your overall health in the process…

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The Switch

Many people have lost fifty pounds or more when switching from a meat-based diet to a plant-based one. They say that of all the diets they had tried, going vegan was the easiest one.

Plants to Eat

It allowed them to lose weight quickly and simply, without obsessing over calorie counts. Scientists believe that a vegan diet allows for easier weight loss than other plans because it emphasizes whole foods like brown rice, lentils, beans, and oats, all of which have a high fiber content and help keep you feeling full for longer than other foods.

A Lifestyle Choice

The reason that weight loss on a vegan plan is so easy is that becoming vegan is not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle choice.

Going vegan instantly shifts your entire mindset away from calorie-counting and “what you can’t have” (which is what most dieters think about) to one of embracing fresh, unprocessed food and being kinder to your body. With such a positive approach, you’re much more likely to be successful at losing weight.

As a vegan, you’ll naturally gravitate toward eating more fruits, vegetables, and wholegrain items than you would have before.

You will probably cook for yourself more often and consume much less fast food than you used to, since most options at mainstream fast food places are not vegan-friendly.

However, most major metropolitan areas have at least one entirely vegetarian or vegan restaurant. Many smaller cities have restaurants that offer vegan meal options, so you can definitely still eat out.

Cook For Yourself! 

Cooking for yourself lets you unleash your creativity, and it’s great for stress relief. It makes a vegan diet sustainable in the long term, since you aren’t reliant on pre-packaged meals or the meal replacement shakes that some diet plans require.

There has been an explosion of vegan recipes on online blogs, and several new entirely vegan cookbooks have been released this year.

With a bit of searching, you’ll find which recipe bloggers you enjoy and which cookbook approaches fit in with your life.

Vegan recipes do not have to be complicated; in fact, it’s easier to cook on a plant-based diet, since you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination of your kitchen surfaces due to using meat products.

Some recipes, like overnight oats, require no cooking at all. Falafel, another vegan staple, only requires a food processor and a frying pan.

In comparison to other recipes, vegan ones are often more budget-friendly. For example, buying dried beans and soaking them overnight is a lot cheaper than buying canned beans, and it tastes better because the beans are softer.

There are so many plant-based, alternative milks (almond, coconut, soy, rice, oat) and vegan cheeses available, even at mainstream supermarkets, that you can easily transition to a vegan lifestyle, and you won’t feel like you are missing out.

If you’re looking for a hard-to-find ingredient for a recipe, there are many online vegan shops, making it easy to get everything you need. For times when you are in a hurry, there are several vegan brands that have pre-packaged meals.

The Plant Based Diet

As a vegan, you will certainly lose weight with a plant based diet, and that is just the beginning! Being vegan has many recognized health benefits.

It’s naturally lower in saturated fat than other diets, so it reduces your risk of heart disease. It can also lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, decrease your risk of Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers, give you healthier skin, and even help you live longer.

By going plant based, you’ll lose weight and gain better health for a lifetime!

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13 thoughts on “Lose Weight With a Plant Based Diet

  1. Hi there Chris,

    Switching to a plant based diet seems to be a good thing to do for 2016 as I have no success loosing my waist line this entire year with the kind of food that I am chomping daily.

    You pointed out a fact that interest me; vege diets are easy to prepare and they don’t take up a lot of time to cook either. This is great as I don’t want to somersault in the kitchen.

    Quick question – Do you recommend that I do a gradual transition or a complete switch overnight?

    Thanks for the great info!

    1. Hi Cathy,

      With this sort of lifestyle change I would always advise a gradual change – there may be stomach problems on the horizon if you do things too quickly ( if you catch my drift! ) 🙂

  2. A Plant based diet really seems boring until I read all of the different diets that you suggest in your blog post. The Venus Factor weight Loss Plan looks the one which I could possibly try.

    A must say though this is a very informative piece, and you have done your research. Do you follow any of these diet plans and which one is your favourite

    Good Luck with all you do

  3. Hi Chris,
    You are so right about the benefits of going vegan. I have known many people who have lost over 100 pounds by following a vegan diet. I don’t really eat a lot of meat, especially since I hate handling raw meat so I don’t cook it. I do love lentils and falafel. Everytime I eat out at certain restaurants I always get the falafel. And I love a little tomato sauce on lentils with garbanzo beans. It tastes just like spaghetti. This is definitely a diet plan everyone should try.

  4. I’ve been living meat-free for a while now – more for health than ethical motivations – and I have definitely found that it helps me keep my weight to the levels that I want. I feel lighter, I have more energy, and my skin looks great! I’d recommend this to anyone!

  5. Hello, Chris
    I have tried couple of things in the past, including raw food diet couple of years ago. I have to say I had lost 16 kg on raw food diet , without even trying and noticing, that was great and I had lots of energy. After a while, I felt that my body needed more and I gradually went back to eating a bit of meat and cooked food.
    You are talking about going Vegan, so no dairy and eggs also. Are you recommending this diet for weight loss or for overall well being also? Are you on vegan diet yourself and for how long and what is your experience?
    I cook my own food, eat mostly plant based diet, don’t drink milk, except almond one, but can’t give up my yogurt, honey and eggs. What are your suggestions?
    thanks in advance,

    1. Oh yogurt, honey and eggs are not that bad Milla, especially if the rest of your diet is plant based. Remember, everything in moderation and you’ll be safe! 🙂

  6. Hi

    I really enjoyed this post, I used to be addicted to grains and eating processed sugary food.

    Then about 6 years ago I decided to start eating natural foods and really enjoying a healthier diet, the health benefits are crazy, people don’t realise how beneficial eating plants can be. They are full of vitamins and minerals.

  7. I have been considering going to a plant based diet because I have heard that eating meat can have negative health effects.

    I had heard about vegan diets, but didn’t really know what they were about. Your post has opened my eyes to an actual lifestyle that I am going to pursue.

    How long do you think it will take to see results after I start with a vegan diet?

    1. Hi Chris,

      By results I take it you are referring to weight loss right? I hope so anyway! Well within a week you will start to see results but they won’t exactly be groundbreaking at first.

      Whenever you change your diet to a healthier option there is always going to be a waiting period before you see the results you were hoping for – dedication and patience mate…they are key!

      Hope this helps!

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