It’s no longer a hype, but science is now precise that a plant-based diet can be an excellent gateway to losing weight and staying healthy if done correctly.
However, you’ve been religiously following suit, but not even a single pound is dropping. Here are some of the things you might be getting wrong.
- You’re losing it between vegan and a healthy vegan diet.
Have you heard of vegan Junk?
Well, going vegan is one step, but making it healthy is totally a different one.
To benefit from a vegan diet, you must consume whole or minimally processed plant-based food; otherwise, highly processed foods often contain saturated fats and additives and often have no nutritional benefits.
These foods will only spike insulin, which is a fat-storing hormone and the worst enemy of weight loss.
- You’re omitting fat
Yes, and by that I mean healthy fats like in olive, avocado, or nuts and seeds.
Healthy fats can help control how much food you eat by initiating early satiety.
Additionally, they will keep you full for longer and reduce any chances to snack, cutting down on your calorie intake.
- You’re overeating carbs with too little veggies.
Too many carbs mean extra calories and extra calories will either be stored as glycogen or be converted into fat in the body.
Consuming vast portions of salads ensures you get enough fiber, which not only keeps you full for longer but also allows a slow release of glucose, curbing cravings, or desire to eat. Also, a high fiber diet is great for an improved digestive system.
- You’re drinking too many calories.
Calories in different drinks and juices often go unnoticed, but they contribute to extra calories that usually get stored as fat.
Especially during the summer, everyone wants to quench the heat, but not only is the sugar in these drinks generally unhealthy, but you might just never reach your weight loss goals.
What if you reached out for a glass of water whenever you feel like having a drink.
An alternative of healthy drinks such as kombucha or unsweetened lemonade can also be great.
- You’re not getting enough sleep
Different studies are now clear that poor sleep is a major contributing factor to a higher BMI and weight gain in individuals getting lesser than 7 hours of sleep.
In one major review, they found out that chances of obesity were high by 55% in adults and 89% in children that slept lesser hours.
Another study did a 16 year follow up on 60,000 healthy nurses, and at the end of the study, those that slept less than 5 hours each night had a 15% likelihood to develop obesity than those who slept for at least 7 hours.
Going vegan is probably one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Still, it’s more important to understand that a vegan diet is not bulletproof to weight loss and other lifestyle diseases. So being intentional with your food choices, preparation, eating habits, and overall lifestyle habits are key to losing weight on a plant-based diet.
Joan C. is a Registered Medical Clinician, a content creator, and a health and wellness enthusiast. She’s all about educating clients on the power of plant-based nutrition, mindfulness, and lifestyle habits as a strategy to impact health and longevity.