10 Ways a Vegan Diet Can Affect Your Weight Loss Goals

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Veganism can make dropping a pounds a little tougher.

For the past few years, the vegan diet has taken the world by storm. Whether for health reasons or saving the environment, many dietitians are recommending the plant-based diet. Sadly, the diet isn’t as good for people as it may seem and here are the reasons going vegan can either help or hinder your weight loss.

Though someone on a vegan diet is consuming more plant-based foods it can become easy to forget that you still need to eat your veggies. If you’re wanting to lose weight by being vegan then you should be careful about buying processed vegan foods that seem to be a growing trend for grocery stores. Because of this “junk food vegans” will have a much harder time losing weight on the diet.

When it comes to dieting, the World Health Organization has urged us to consume no more than 10 percent of our calories from saturated fat, or approximately 22 grams per day if you’re on a 2,000 calorie diet. It is those saturated fats that are associated with a higher risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and overall mortality.

When you cut out animal products it significantly reduces your saturated fat intake. Plant-based diets emphasize heart-healthy unsaturated fats and “good” carbohydrates, allowing for a higher intake of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals than the standard American diet.