There are many reasons why people decide to attempt a vegan diet, with weight loss just one of them.
While it is true that adapting this diet could help with your weight loss efforts, there are a few things you need to be aware of.
Read on to discover a few reasons you can’t lose weight as a vegan.
#1: You don’t eat enough protein
If you are eating a vegan diet then you are obviously not eating any meat or dairy, which are both good sources of protein.
Unfortunately those who consume little protein will find it difficult to lose weight.
Research has even found that those who consume the most protein were able to lose the most weight.
To ensure you are getting enough protein in your diet you will need to increase your intake of both beans and pulses, as they are both good sources of protein.
Quinoa is also a good option, and can be used to replace pasta, bread and potatoes.
If you are peckish between meals then eating a handful of nuts or seeds will help curb your appetite, while also helping to boost your intake of protein.
#2: You eat too much
This may surprise you, but even eating healthy foods can cause weight gain.
The reason for this is that even healthy foods contain calories.
To lose weight you need to consume fewer calories than you use daily. Therefore it makes sense to both measure your portion sizes, and also keep track of your calories intake.
There are apps that can do this for you, but a pen and paper is also an effective method you could use.
#3: You graze throughout the day
When you opt for a vegan diet you may find yourself focussing on your food choices more than ever, probably because so many food groups are now off-limits.
With food now your primary focus you may find yourself grazing throughout the day.
As you are constantly eating your insulin levels will remain high, as this is released when you eat, which unfortunately will be stored as fat.
I would suggest sticking to the 3 recommended meals daily, and to eat a diet rich in protein and fibre-rich vegetables as they will keep you feeling fuller between meals.
#4: You are treating yourself without knowing
Do you know the calorie content of every food you eat? Probably not, and it may surprise you to learn just how many calories are found in seemingly healthy food choices.
Coconut milk for example, is a popular option amongst vegans but it is highly processed and full of calories.
Vegan ready meals are also best avoided for this reason too.
To avoid consuming too many calories I would suggest preparing your meals from scratch using real ingredients. It may take a little longer but at least you can control what you are eating.