A lot of celebrities these days will credit their slim physiques to following a strict vegan diet. But how slimming is veganism? Let’s take a look at the facts and see if you really have to give up all things ‘animal’ to achieve weight loss success.
Firstly, there is a BIG difference between being vegetarian and veganism. A vegetarian will avoid meat only (but may eat seafood). Vegans, on the other hand, avoid all meats and any animal by-products. This includes all dairy, eggs and even honey! Not only that, foods that processed with additives that contain animal enzymes or gelatine are also not consumed (so no jelly). A typical vegan diet consists of fruit, vegetables, cereals & grains, legumes and nuts. While it sounds incredibly healthy, following this diet does not mean you will lose weight.
A lot of vegans turn to foods like bread, cereal, pasta, or other carbohydrate-heavy foods to satisfy their hunger. While these are ‘low-fat’, when eaten in large quantities, they will cause considerable weight gain due to their ability to trigger instability in blood sugar levels via the release of excess insulin. Also, vegan sources of protein are considered not complete as they do not contain all nine essential amino acids. Unless a vegan knows how to correctly combine meals to include all essential amino acids, they run a high risk of become deficient in protein and other important nutrients (like iron, essential fatty acids etc).
So if you think becoming a vegan is the answer to your weight loss problems, think again. A vegan diet can only help you lose weight if you are just as careful with your food choices as you would be on your everyday diet…so veganism is NOT the magic solution to your successful weight loss.
This is where The Natural Way can help you – we do not expect you to ‘change your life’ to lose weight. Instead we look at your lifestyle and the way you eat now to work on a plan that we know you will enjoy. Basically, we modify & tweak your current habits to encourage weight loss (not gain!). After more than 35 years’ of helping people lose weight, we know that we have the expertise, experience and commitment to helping you achieve your goal. So if you want to sizzle by Spring call The Natural Way today on 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) OR visit our website www.thenaturalway.com.au