According to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, individuals who follow a vegan diet for approximately 18 weeks shed, on average, four pounds more than those who follow animal-based diets. The beauty of the vegan diet is that there are no gimmicks involved, no hardcore caloric restriction, and no bonking from malnutrition in the middle of the afternoon. Plus, you can eat carbs unrefined carbs, that is! Follow these six tips to lose weight the healthy way, and save the animals and the planet while doing so. Weigh calories versus nutrient density Weight-loss and nutrition are all about return on investment. You want to aim for foods that are low in calories but high in nutrients. Typically, vegetables have the least amount of calories while providing a robust profile of nutrients—followed by fruit, starchy produce squash, potatoes, corn, and oats, whole grains, and beans and legumes.
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. 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. Some of us need fewer calories energy than others. Even healthful foods, like grains, nuts, seeds, and avocados, can add up in terms of calories if you are consuming too many of them. Cheese, cream, and sour cream are often the default options for vegetarians. But beware, high-fat cheeses can contain up to calories and 6 grams of saturated fat per ounce. Heavy cream has 52 calories and 4 grams of saturated fat in a single tablespoon. And these are both very small portion sizes—one single serving of cream-based soup or cheesy lasagna can have several times this portion size. Use Caution with Nut and Seed Servings.
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