By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 21:46:25 PM.
However, many people find that making the switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet doesn’t automatically lead to weight loss. It’s important to remember that we are all very unique, with different body types, genetic profiles, and metabolic rates. Some of us need fewer calories (energy) than others. And vegan foods like brownies and ice “cream” can provide just as many calories as non-vegan versions of these foods. Even healthful foods, like grains, nuts, seeds, and avocados, can add up in terms of calories if you are consuming too many of them. While I don,t recommend that you should become overly focused on calories, there are a few things you can keep in mind if you are pursuing weight loss on a vegan or vegetarian diet.
Many people lose weight when they transition to a vegan or vegetarian diet‐no counting calories or increase in activity required. In fact, research consistently shows that vegans and vegetarians weigh less than carnivores. That’s because a plant-based diet is rich in fiber from plant foods, and this nutrient has been linked with making you feel more satisfied after meals, as well as regulating blood glucose levels. A healthy plant‐based diet packed with whole grains, pulses, soy foods, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds is moderate in calories, which can contribute to a healthy weight.
When you're simply swapping in faux chicken nuggets, beef crumbles, and hot dogs for the meaty versions, you’re still eating a lot of fat, salt, and even sugar. “There are healthy ways to make foods that resemble the animal-based foods you once ate,” says Haynes, like black bean burgers, Jackfruit “pulled pork,” and Tempe bacon. “You just have to make sure that the ingredients used are all whole-food ingredients. A lot of the pre-packaged foods like soy dogs, faux bacon, some veggie burgers, etc. are made with ingredients that are probably even worse for your health than the real deal ‐ meaning the meat it’s trying to replace,” she explains.