Vegan Food and Weight Loss
Many people have turned to a plant-based diet, and the reasons for this can vary. Some turn to veganism for environmental reasons, others because of animal welfare. There are also some people who embark on a plant-powered lifestyle for health matters. So can veganism help you lose weight?
How can a vegan diet result in weight loss?
A vegan lifestyle means cutting out meat and dairy products from your diet, and this can be significant in terms of weight loss, as you may find you’ve reduced your intake of saturated fats which is usually found in meats and dairy products. This is instead replaced by plants that are rich in fibre and lower in calories, which can be important if working towards losing weight.
Is a vegan diet healthy?
It is important to make sure you are properly nourishing your body, meaning you should ensure you are eating enough foods containing protein, calcium, and vitamin B12. A vegan diet provides a unique and exciting opportunity to explore different sources of these nutrients through non-meat avenues. Eating foods like tofu, tempeh, leafy vegetables, pulses and nuts are just some of the sources of these important nutrients. These foods also fill you up for longer than processed foods, and so you may snack less. In doing this, by following a diet that is less processed and lower in calories, weight loss can occur.
Nonetheless, it is still important to stay active and maintain healthy habits to live a healthy lifestyle. Here are some top tips for staying active whilst on a plant-based diet:
- Build a more holistic approach to health, incorporating daily movement and exercise. The government guidelines recommend 30 minutes a day.
- In the beginning of switching to a plant-based diet, you might want to adapt your training and go for a lighter approach (lower intensity cardio like walking/cycling) while your body adjusts to different energy sources and how to utilise the food for fuel.
- Listen to your body - rest is equally as important as movement. If you’re not feeling it, that’s fine! Let your body recharge.
- If you have any questions or concerns, it’s always best to consult a nutritionist or a GP.
For some more information on exercising on a plant-based diet, have a look at our post-workout refuel blog post.
Our lowest calorie dishes
allplants meals can be incorporated into and utilised for your dietary journey. Our meals are rich in fibre, filled to the brim with hearty vegetables, and most importantly, delicious.
Our Cauliflower curry is a delight and only 391 calories per serving.
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by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.