Vegan Weight Loss: Tips & Advice

A vegan diet can help with weight loss, since it offers so many delicious, healthful, and low-calorie choices.

Becoming vegan eliminates many of the most calorically dense and unhealthful foods that people commonly eat: hamburgers, fried chicken, ice cream, and so forth. It’s therefore not surprising that obesity rates among vegans are far lower than among the general population. So, if you’re looking to shed extra pounds, a well-planned vegan diet can make enormous sense.

Additionally, most unprocessed vegan foods contain substantial amounts of fiber, whereas meat, dairy products, and eggs contain no fiber at all. Good evidence shows that dietary fiber can contribute to weight loss.

What’s more, if your desire to lose weight is connected to reducing health risks, a vegan diet may help you on these fronts as well. Type 2 diabetes often goes into remission as a person eliminates excess body weight. And since a vegan diet tends to contain much less saturated fat than does a typical omnivorous diet, going vegan can be a great choice for people at risk of heart disease.

Attaining a healthy body weight can even reduce your risk of cancer, since obesity is one of the strongest risk factors for a variety of cancers. And if your vegan diet is full of fruits and vegetables, that may further reduce your cancer risk.

Physical Fitness

Getting into shape and exercising regularly can go a long way toward helping you achieve a healthier body weight. Exercise helps in reduce weight in two ways. First, exercise directly burns calories. And second, simply walking around with a little more muscle will rev up your metabolism, causing more of your food’s calories to burn off rather than be stored as fat.

Many people mistakenly believe that becoming physically fit entails serious commitment and sacrifice. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve written a comprehensive vegan fitness guide, which will introduce you to all sorts of enjoyable ways to become more physically active.

Low-Calorie Vegan Foods

Here are some healthy and delicious vegan foods that contain remarkably few calories:

Popular Vegan Weight Loss Books

Note that no matter what diet you follow, it’s wise to read up on nutrition. For vegans the best general nutrition book is Vegan for Life.

For further reading, please see our nutrition, fitness, and health pages.
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