Who isn’t trying to find a way to lose weight nowadays? There are enough crash diets and crazy exercise equipment to make your head spin.
However, most of the crash diets we now know have been deemed unhealthy. What’s to stop you from going straight back to that pizza a week after you lost 10 pounds on your fad crash diet? Nothing.
But what If I told you that eating more food will help you weigh less than before? Sounds crazy I know, but bear with me. I’m talking about eating more fruits and vegetables to lose more weight!
What Is a Plant-Based Diet?
A plant-based diet consists of foods obtained from plants. Very few animal products are included in a plant-based diet such as meats. It also reduces the consumption of dairy products, eggs, refined sugars, and oils. Everyone is aware that fruits and veggies are healthy for you and are essential to lose weight. We also know that you can eat more of them than anything else. So what’s so special about fruits, vegetables, and whole grains?
Energy dense foods usually have a high concentration of calories in them. Foods with a lower energy density such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains have less calories due to them being full of water and fiber. According to Nutritionfacts.org, energy density is a huge factor in calorie intake as well as what a person weighs. This goes for adults and adolescence as well. So, based of this information, you get to eat more delicious foods, be healthy, and lose weight! I’d say that’s a major win for plant-based dieting.
Plant-Based Food Options
The ease of this type of food plan is in the simplicity. You eat things from a natural state that’s low in calories and high in fiber and water. Plant-based foods are foods that don’t come from an animal in any way, like these listed below.
- Whole Grains
- Legumes (beans, lentils, peas)
Minimally Processed Plant-Based Foods
Consuming minimally processed plant-based foods is also acceptable. Since they are not from an animal, these basic foods are also allowed in your diet.
- Plant based Dips-Guacamole and salsa
- Spreads-Almond/Cashew/Peanut Butter and Hummus
- Fruit Purees/drinks– Applesauce and pure coconut milk
- Condiments-Mustard, hot sauce, vinegar and soy/tamari sauce
- Whole Grains-Whole grain pastas, tortillas, and oats
A Day of Plant-Based Eating
Having a plant-based diet might sound boring and hard to pull off, fortunately that is not the case! Listed below is what you can do for a full day of eating plant based.
- Breakfast- Buckwheat gluten free pancakes or oatmeal topped with blueberries.
- Lunch- A vegetable wrap, a Buddha bowl or a big salad.
- Dinner- Quinoa or rice with steamed or fresh vegetables. Baked sweet potatoes with leafy greens.
- Snacks- In between your meals have sliced veggies or fruits with a few nuts or seeds.
Eating plant-based foods don’t just help you lose weight or taste amazing. There is an abundance of health benefits to it as well!
Examples include lower rates of heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.
A good portion of the foods most people are used to eating are high in calories and most likely preservatives, which contribute to weight gain and all-around unhealthy habits.
Plant-based diets have also shown better cholesterol, arthritis, reducing chances of contracting diseases and more. The list of health benefits goes on and on!
Get on Board!
Bet this plant-based diet thing is starting to look good right?
Ultimately, a plant-based diet will always be your best friend. It’s the purest way to eat and brings a sense of simplicity to your life.
Instead of spending time pulling together fancy expensive foods, you go back to the basics.
You can always make highly delicious dishes that take very little effort and time. If you’re not sold on the weight loss, loads of health benefits, and mouthwatering meals then try it out for 21 days!
The last years, I have been on a plant-based diet and I’m feeling better than ever. So, get on board and feel the greatest you ever have, I assure you it will be one of the easiest decisions you’ve ever made that you won’t regret.