Lose Weight By Going Vegan
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Most people find that they will lose weight once they switch to a vegan diet.  This happens for a few reasons:

  1. A vegan diet typically includes nutritionally dense foods that are high in nutritional value and low in empty calories
  2. People who stick to a vegan diet usually avoid highly processed and/or fried foods.  Burgers, sodas, milk shakes and non-vegan pizzas are no longer an option on a vegan diet

Most often, people choose to switch to a plant based (vegan) diet for reasons other than weight loss.  Some common considerations that lead to the decision to “go vegan” are:

  • In consideration of animals
  • To reduce our carbon footprint – the impact we have on our natural resources
  • Health reasons – the traditional American diet is a direct contributor to many of the health issues that plaque our society today.  Heart disease, stroke, cancer, hypertension and diabetes can all be traced back to diet

A plant based, whole foods diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and whole grains contains more nutrition than non-vegan convenience foods such as burgers and fries.  When we switch to a vegan diet, we naturally reduce the amount of empty calories we consume and weight loss is an inevitable and in most cases, highly desirable byproduct.

Finally, other lifestyle changes typically associated with a vegan diet also contribute to weight loss. Vegans are more likely to cook meals themselves. Relying on processed and prepackaged food becomes a thing of the past.  Other activities like yoga, walking or Tai Chi can also contribute to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.

While most people do not switch to a vegan diet primarily to lose weight, weight loss is certainly one of the many benefits. Many unhealthy foods are naturally removed from our diet once we become vegan.  The food vegan people eat is healthier and other lifestyle changes tend to follow suit – all of which have a positive impact on health, vitality and weight.

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