Following a vegan diet will help you lose weight, but also prevent or control cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It is considered a lifestyle, rather than a diet because vegans choose to avoid eating animal-based products, but also wearing clothes made of animal fur and skin. However, the results may differ depending on your dedication and motivation.
I know people who chose to be vegan and I can tell you fir sure that they are protecting animal rights with a strong belief that animal products must not be used for any purpose. Vegans not only avoid eating animal products such as meat, poultry and fish, but eggs, dairy and gelatin are also excluded from their meals.
There are a few important things you need to know if you want to become a vegan. First of all, know that vitamin B12 keeps your blood cells healthy and helps making your DNA, so lack of this vitamin could lead to nerve problems, weakness, you will feel more tired, constipated and even depressed. That is why you will need vitamin B12 supplements. Vitamin C is as important as B12 and a high amount can be found in citrus, red peppers and broccoli.
Iron plays an important role in your health as well, that is why you should eat more sunflower seeds, legumes, dried raisins and dark leafy greens. By consuming foods rich in proteins such as beans, lentil, soy, seitan and quinoa, you will be healthier as they are known to promote cell repair and growth.
Soy-based products are recommended when you are on a vegan diet, but take note that the consumption of these products must be moderated and your menu would rather contain tofu, the Japanese dish called edamame, a Japanese paste made from fermented soya beans and a bit of rice called miso and soy milk.
If you are worried that by following a vegan diet the calcium level in your body will decrease, which is most likely, you will be happy to know that you can consume calcium-fortified foods such as plant-based milks, cereals, and tofu made with calcium sulfate, foods rich in calcium such as soy beans, kale, navel oranges and figs.
Usually people who follow a vegan diet hate low-carb diets because of the fact that they allow meat consumption. Anyway, studies and researches have been conducted in time and it has been discovered that vegans get used to eating fewer calories, lose weight or maintain their preferable weight. By eating more fruit, vegetables and whole grains you remain healthy.
Following a vegan diet could also have cardiovascular benefits because it prevents heart disease and keeps the blood pressure and cholesterol in order. It doesn’t require exercise, but in order to stay healthy, it wouldn’t hurt to exercise al least 60 minutes every day, on the contrary. In order to become a vegan you have to be confident and motivated because you will have to give up on many foods that you are used to.