Going Vegan may seem challenging, but, so many people have achieved amazing results from cutting down on their animal product consumption. Would you go Vegan for weight loss? Many celebrities have shared incredible weight loss transformations since starting a Vegan diet. From Kelly Osbourne, Jason Mraz, Olivia Wilde, Mac Danzig, Alanis Morisette and even Ariana Grande. Check out the following video on Ariana Grande’s vegan weight loss journey – clicking here.
Adopting a Vegan lifestyle for weight loss can certainly work. However, not all Vegan diets are considered healthy. Oreo cookies are said to be ‘vegan’. Just make sure, if you are going Vegan to shed some extra pounds, eat whole foods, and lots of them. The Vegan diet for weight loss is about abundance, not starvation. After all, youtube celebrities like Freelee the Banana Girl, swear by the all you can eat Vegan lifestyle.
1. No-more Dairy
The first rule to a Vegan diet for weight loss is to eliminate dairy products from your diet. There are a growing number of people who are affected by lactose intolerance. If you are finding it hard to lose weight; lactose could be it. Not to mention all of the other ill effects dairy has on the human body. Acne, excess mucus, high acidity, poor digestion to name a few. Although milk and cheese cravings seem unbearable – there are many delicious Vegan alternatives to curb your milky desires.
Check out this delicious Vegan Mac-and-Cheese recipe;
2. Kick the Eggs to the Curb
Every egg is packed with cholesterol and ‘bad’ fats. With diabetes on the rise, lowering fat intake altogether can lead to healthier arteries and lower your risk of running into future heart disease issues. There has been a recent study released comparing the effects of “arterial plaque buildup” for smokers and egg eaters. The study claims that persons consuming three or more eggs per week had 2/3rds more of a chance to develop the aformentioned “arterial plaque buildup” than heavy smokers. That is the equivalent of smoking a pack a day for 40 years!
Maybe this doesn’t affect weight loss; but who cares about weight loss if you have “arterial plaque buildup”!?
3. Meet Your Meat
There are many study’s available online that disprove the health benefits of meat. Particularly red meat. To read more about the ‘pro’s and cons’ of consuming flesh, read this article. But if you prefer to watch documentaries, there are so many ‘pro veggie’ films available. Here is a list to get you started on the ‘meet your meat’ journey;
Meat the Truth Forks Over Knives Earthlings Food Inc.
The more you learn about the meat industry – the easier it becomes to reduce or eliminate meat from the diet. But what about protein, you ask? Don’t worry, eating unlimited fruits, veggies and grains have more than an adequate amount of protein for the human body.
4. B12 Conspiracy
There is an amazing book “Could It Be B12” by Sally M. Pacholok and Jeffrey J. Stuart that has changed many lives. Although B12 is found in animal products, there is an alarming amount of people being diagnosed with B12 deficiencies. Experts speculate that factory farming, reduced soil quality, and chemical exposure are the leading causes of malabsorption of B12. Many elderly people who have eaten meat their whole lives are now forced to take B12 injections.
If you speculate that you have a B12 deficiency, it may be the one thing getting in the way of achieving a slim and toned figure. Many diet clinics offer B12 injections to their overweight patients. Talk to your doctor and ask specifically for a methylmalonic acid (MMA) test which is an early detector of B12 deficiency. This could be the cause of excess weight that just doesn’t seem to disappear.
5. Say “No Cheese Please”
Cheese is very high in fat. For anybody trying to slim down it would be wise to eliminate cheese and other fatty foods from the diet. Cheese is a dairy bi-product; high in artery clogging calories. Once the cravings disappear, your weight loss progress will be much easier – especially for those who consume cheese on a daily basis.
6. Carb Up
The worst thing a new Vegan can do is not eat enough. Eliminating animal products from a diet causes a huge decrease in calorie consumption. In order not to fall off the ‘vegan weight loss wagon’ be sure to replace the fat calories with enough carbohydrate calories. Carbs are not the ‘bad guy’ as most fad diets would make you believe. They are fuel for the brain and body. The more carbs you eat, the greater amounts of energy you will have to power through your workouts. With an adequate amount of carbohydrates in your diet compared to your height and goal weight – you will slim down in no time.
7. Hight Fat & Health Issues
Diets high in animal products are also high in fat. High fat diets have been linked to many health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and early deaths. It is always wise to up the carbs and reduce fat consumption. Click the following article to learn more about the benefits of eating a High Carb Low Fat Vegan diet.
8. Water For Life
Drink up and slim down. Water not only helps to reduce excess water weight and bloating, it also lubricates joints and can stabilize moods. Drinking more water is essential for anybody who wishes to lose weight. The easiest way to increase water consumption is to replace all other drinks with water throughout the day.
9. Get Real (Food that is…)
The average grocery store is packed with more processed foods than foods in original states (like whole fruits, veggies and grains). The more processed the foods are, the higher the fat content and higher the sodium levels. Eat real food and access real weight loss results.
10. Move It & Lose It
One of the most important ways to drop excess weight and keep healthy is to exercise regularly. There are no magic weight loss pills that are good for the body. The only true way to lose weight, no matter what diet you practice, is to keep an active lifestyle. So get out and get moving. Read our other FitBodyHQ article Top 8 Exercises for Long Term Weight Loss.
Going Vegan can not only help you lose weight, it helps the environment, and saves countless of animals from death. Even if you prefer to eat meat once and awhile, acknowledging Veganism as a healthy way of living and slimming down goes a long way. Viva la Vegans!