If you’re looking to drop some pounds, there’s always a trendy new diet strategy or weight-watching plan that promises immediate results. Some dictate food elimination, others limit calorie intake, while others set fasting schedules. While losing weight may feel gratifying in the short-term, you may often overlook the long-term impact it might have on your body and overall well-being.
Your body—your organs, systems, and body cells—is a machine; and just like any machine, it needs fuel and frequent maintenance to keep it running efficiently. With this in mind, you should start to think more carefully about the quantity of food you put into it and the quality. Switching to a diet rich in plant-based protein can not only help you shed some weight but has proven to enhance your health, even on a cellular level.
There’s also more to plant-based diets than just eating salads on rotation. Consuming a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, along with plant-based probiotics, can comprise a well-rounded diet. Additionally, there are food alternatives like non-dairy cheeses, milk, and other meat substitutes from plant-based proteins that are becoming increasingly available in the market today that make the switch less daunting.
While losing weight is a welcome side effect of choosing healthier and more nutritious foods, here are four more reasons to motivate you to go meat-free:
Lower risks of potentially fatal diseases like diabetes, heart failure, and gastrointestinal disorders
Those at risk for increasing cholesterol levels are advised to avoid eating meat. Meats, such as beef, pork, or lamb, are high in saturated fat. Consuming these frequently and in large quantities can cause complications, such as increased cholesterol levels, blocked arteries, and hypertension or elevated blood pressure.
Meat consumption is also associated with gastrointestinal disorders like hyperacidity and acid reflux. Conditions like these require chronic medical management and medication. Research proves that our bodies experience less interference with essential hormone secretions when eating whole-food, plant-based dishes than when eating meat.
Change in your palate
At first, you may find it quite difficult to stop eating food that you’ve grown accustomed to for many years. If you’ve grown up eating McDonald’s burgers or frozen ready-to-eat meals that are heavily laden with salt, sugar, and other artificial flavor enhancers, you may find plant food less satisfying at first. As time passes, you will see yourself warming up to these new and more natural flavors and discovering new tastes that you hadn’t encountered before.
A healthier gut
A strong immune system goes hand in hand with a healthy gut. Plant-based foods are more easily digested by your stomach and are rich in natural fiber and antioxidants. These may make bathroom trips more frequent, but in doing so, you also make it easier to cleanse your body of toxins. As your internal health improves, you can expect to see and feel a smoother, clearer complexion.
Improved stamina and sexual performance
Aside from looking and feeling good, you will find yourself having more energy. You’ll find you won’t need to rely heavily on caffeine either to get you through the day. Replacing simple carbohydrates and sugary sweets, and stocking up instead on plant-based probiotics, you can power through a busy day with increased stamina and vigor—and you’ll even see the difference in bed.
Diet plans may have an instant, gratifying effect by getting rid of water weight or a few excess body fats. However, with better food choices and a more holistic approach to your diet, your body will respond positively by not only shedding weight but finding it easier to keep weight off in the long term.
If you need more information on how a plant-based lifestyle can benefit you, reach out and let us know how we can help you transition to a whole-food plant-based diet.