True or False: Plant Based & Weight Loss

There is a big elephant in the room that needs to be addressed…

The common misconception about plant-based eating is that it automatically equals being healthy or even weight loss. This is 100% NOT TRUE. How many times have we heard about these cleanses or detox diets of going vegan or vegetarian or juicing to lose weight or become healthy, only to see these individuals not become healthy and at best maybe achieve temporary weight loss?

Being vegan by definition is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients. Many vegans also do not eat foods that are processed using animal products. Being vegetarian by definition is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat, and may also include abstention from by-products of animal slaughter. There are different types of vegetarians such as lacto-ovo (no dairy or eggs); pescatarian (no fish or shellfish).

Although the idea of being vegan or vegetarian is to not consume animal products this doesn’t mean that the other foods being consumed are all healthy. There are several vegan/vegetarian junk foods on the market.

The practice I use, as a vegetarian, is to try to eat as naturally, by eating foods as close to it’s natural state as possible. I do this by shopping using my perimeter method (post coming on this next week). I also make sure my shopping cart reflects the way I want my plate to look, 75% fresh/frozen produce & 25% rice, starches, some canned/dried beans/vegetables. For an omnivore (meat eater), it should be 50% fresh/frozen produce, 25% meat, and 25% starches, canned/dried beans and vegetables.

Remember all changes made should be for a lifestyle change not for a temporary benefit. Any changes you make, ensure you are doing it the healthiest way for you.

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