4 Easy Steps to Switching to a Vegan Diet

4 Easy Steps to Switching to a Vegan Diet

This is a guest post, written by Alice Greene from Natural Acne Remedy.

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A vegan diet is one of the weight loss methods individuals’ use by completely avoiding dairy food products, meat and switching to low-calorie foods, vegetables and fruits.

Many consider that a vegan diet is considerably rich in nutritional value, however a proper diet requires substituting the vitamins and proteins that non vegetarian food provide.

Generally consuming just vegetables is not a healthy option for weight loss since the body requires food rich in calcium and proteins that carry its own benefits.

A vegan diet also does not fully guarantee weight loss it is basically a way to cut down on food high in calories and fat.

For establishing a stable vegan diet it is advisable to consult a dietitian and follow a vegan diet pyramid which is more or less similar to a normal food pyramid.

The nutritional benefits are higher in a vegan diet since the diet consists of food items high in fiber, minerals and vitamins such as legumes, whole grains and different fresh vegetables like spinach and broccoli.

The tricky part is to provide the body with the equal amount of nutritional benefits that are completely avoided.

According to studies people switching to a vegan diet have special diet needs since they tend to have vitamin B-12, iron, calcium, protein and omega 3 fatty acid deficiencies.

Editor’s Note:  Studies also show that people who eat animal products are low in these vitamins, minerals and fatty acids.

Ways to Stick with a Vegan Diet

  • Pick high calorie foods. Substitute those foods with low-calorie food items such as vegetables and fruits.  This lowers the number of calories consumed in a day and increases the amount of nutrition required by the body.
  • Avoid any type of processed food. It is just not important to classify simply based on what looks oily and high in calories but to consume food that is still rich in nutritional value such as raw food.
  • Cook food instead of having pre prepared food. Cooking allows more room for coming with healthier recipes that each individual might be able to eat regularly based on preferences.
  • Eat high fiber food.  High fiber foods are low in calories and are beneficial. It is recommended that you eat foods high in fiber.  Because it will not only assist in weight loss, but also help keep you away from eating junk or fatty foods.

Editor’s Note:  A vegan diet is high in fiber, because plant-based foods are high in fiber.  There is no fiber in animal-based products.  There are fatty vegan processed foods out here, but it is best to eat whole foods (un-refined).

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  1. Vivian says:

    The 4 easy steps are a great guide for us who really want to make a lifestyle and nutritional change (for the better!). Thanks for sharing this Evelyn and Alice!

  2. Dia says:

    Hi Evelyn,

    These are 4 excellent tips. For me, I try to eat balanced food, a little bit of every thing ex vegetables, fruits etc…. But, in regards to junk food or sweets, I eat them only occasionaly. Thanks for sharing Evelyn

  3. I especially like the four tips about ways to stick with the vegan diet. If I ever decide to go from vegetarianism to veganism, I’ll use these to help myself.

  4. TrafficColeman says:

    I’m looking to really cut out proceed food completely in the near future, and get my meals prepared ahead of time..

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