With Summer swimsuit season upon us there are probably a few people willing to try anything to lose a few of those excess pounds, but would you be willing to go vegan to lose weight?
Vegans are not allowed to eat meat, eggs or dairy, in fact they shouldn’t consume anything that comes from an animal.
So what can a vegan eat?
Some suggested foods suitable for vegans include:
- Kidney beans
- Fortified soy products
How can a vegan diet aid weight loss?
In a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine a team of researchers looked at a number of other studies that compared the weight loss of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets.
This research looked at 1,151 dieters who all followed a diet for between 9 and 74 weeks.
The results showed that those who followed the vegetarian diet lost an average of 1.48 kg more than those on other diets, while those who took part in a vegan diet lost 2.52 kg more than the non-vegetarian dieters.
Lead author, Ru-Yi Huang believes that these results were due to the fibre-rich content of their diets (from eating whole grain products) that causes a delay in both stomach emptying and feelings of hunger.
What other benefits does a vegan diet offer?
Other benefits of a vegan diet include a reduced risk of type-2 diabetes, heart disease as well as plenty of other benefits, but would this be enough to persuade you to stop eating meat and any other foods that comes from animals?
If you do choose to change your diet to a vegan one then you need to make sure you are well prepared.
Becoming a vegan is not usually because someone would like to become ‘beach ready’ but rather due to other choices.