Over time, dieting has become a weight-loss trend for people, among other things. But as the good old saying goes, what works for one person might not work for another. The vegan diet has also gone through many definitions, with diet enthusiasts divided over three categories; dedicated vegan, a half vegan, and not a vegan at all. All these debates originate from what you eat, what you wear, and what you are using at home. Some researches show that veganism is one of the healthiest dietary lifestyles if appropriately followed. It can help you lose weight and keep fit. However, it can also be one of the unhealthiest diets if not done correctly, especially for unskilled and new vegans. If you only want to lose weight, there are other ways to do it, too, such as liposuction and Botox, etc.
What is a Vegan Diet?
Now, the question is: what is a vegan diet, and who can be called a vegan?
A vegan diet is a strict type of vegetarianism where you avoid animal-based products, including:
- dairy products
- animal fat
- food made with animal products
Your diet is primarily based on fruits, vegetables, and legumes.
Health Benefits of a Vegan Diet
The health benefits of a vegan diet are provided by the high vitamins and minerals; such as:
- vitamins C and E
- folic acid
- high phytochemicals
- lower-fat – specifically saturated fat
- high fiber content
The diet is associated with lower obesity, heart diseases, cholesterol, blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer types. Several studies also link vegetarianism and veganism to the longevity of life.
With all the health benefits that veganism provides to people, some dietary restrictions also pose a health risk due to nutritional deficiencies. It can cause a lack of calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids in the body.
The above nutrients are specifically crucial for bone and teeth health. They perform the following functions:
- decrease osteoporosis risk
- improve blood health
- reduce anemia
- make healthy red blood cells
The best source of these vitamins and minerals are animal products, but non-animal sources can also be found.
For instance, the primary source of calcium and vitamin D is dairy products. However, we can still find them in some vegetables such as broccoli and fortified foods like cereals, fortified soy milk, fortified juice, etc. Vitamin D can easily be sourced through exposure to the sun for 10-15 minutes, with 70 percent body exposure during non-peak heats.
So, all in all, going vegan is not that bad. But at the end of the day, it is always a person’s choice of what he or she wants to follow. And if it’s non-animal products you want going inside your body, that’s what you will have. But, our advice to you would be to consult a qualified dietitian before embarking on this journey. If you have lost a lot of weight, you may need a post weight loss treatment. So, schedule an appointment with an expert TODAY!