When I first decided to try a plant-based/vegan diet I did lose weight, about 8 lbs. I wasn't trying to lose weight but when you start eating plant-based whole foods you end up adding in tons of healthy foods which end up crowding out the bad stuff! Here are a few of the reasons you might lose weight.
1. If you decided to try a Plant-Based diet for health reasons then you will be eating a lot of whole foods which include low-calorie fruits, veggies. Whole foods have lots of fiber and are nutrient-dense. This will keep you full longer.
2. You're not eating a lot of animal-based foods like meat, cheese, and dairy. Most of them have high calories saturated fats and are not usually full of all the great nutrients that fruits, veggies, and whole foods have.
Also, when your eating plant-based whole food you automatically cut out processed foods loaded with sugar, heavy amounts of salt, and unhealthy fats, all of which add to weight gain.
3. When your body is getting an abundance of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants then your body is less likely to have cravings! This might take a little bit of time to detox from eating poorly. When your body is used to getting a lot of added sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats and you start eating plant-based whole foods only you're likely to experience a little bit of a withdrawal before the cravings stop.
You might feel tired, hungry, cranky, and have a headache. So be patient and stick with it. After about 2 weeks you should start feeling fantastic.
Also, if you would like the benefit of weight-loss, then stick to whole foods! This is also very beneficial to your health.
I don't believe there is a magic diet that will work for everyone. I think no matter what kind of diet you eat you need to follow the same few principles. No processed food, no added sugar, don't eat too much. Sounds simple and it is. I think what makes it difficult is as consumers we are surrounded by the opposite of this and we are bombarded with commercials advertising all kinds of things that just aren't good for our bodies. So put your blindfold on and remember my favorite quote " Eat real whole food, mostly plants, not too much" by Michael Pollen. There you go the secret to health and wellness right there!
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