By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Diet. At Friday, May 03rd 2019, 21:11:33 PM.
Vegans tend to be thinner and have a lower body mass index (BMI) than non-vegan. This might explain why an increasing number of people turn to vegan diets as a way to lose excess weight.Part of the weight-related benefits vegans experience may be explained by factors other than diet. These may include healthier lifestyle choices, such as physical activity, and other health-related behaviors. However, several randomized controlled studies, which control for these external factors, report that vegan diets are more effective for weight loss than the diets they are compared to.
Here are some tips for getting started on the vegan diet:You do not have to go cold turkey. You could start by preparing a couple meat‐free dishes each week and gradually make more substitutions – tofu in stir-fry instead of chicken, say, or grilled veggie burgers instead of beef.If your aim is also weight loss, amp up your exercise routine and eat fewer calories than your daily recommended max.Feature vegetables in your meals. Loading up your plate with veggies will give you plenty of vitamins and fiber, which can help you feel satisfied.
Not getting enough of these nutrients is worrisome for everyone, but it may pose a particular risk to those with increased requirements, such as children or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.Your genetic makeup and the composition of your gut bacteria may also influence your ability to derive the nutrients you need from a vegan diet.One way to minimize the likelihood of deficiency is to limit the amount of processed vegan foods you consume and opt for nutrient‐rich plant foods instead.