We’ve probably all noticed that plant-based humans (vegans) tend to be slimmer and in better overall health than the average Aussie, and yet there continues to be this common misconception that veggie diets must somehow be lacking in needed nutrients.
Can we finally clear up that confusion, please?
A simple study compared the diets and nutritional intake of 13,000 participants, looking specifically at the difference between meat-eaters and plant-based.
The results? The plant-based beauties were getting more: vitamins A, C and E, iron, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, calcium and fiber. What’s more, their diets were lower in the bad stuff—namely, cholesterol and saturated fat.
And, if you must ask, yes, they were getting plenty of protein.
As you’ll know if you’ve been following my blogs, some of those nutrients are conspicuously absent from a Standard American Diet (SAD). Especially calcium, potassium, magnesium, fiber and vitamins A, C and E.
Simply put, plant-based diets are richer in all these vital nutrients. And sure, it’s not hard to be better than the SAD, but we’re talking significantly higher values here.
Moving on to weight loss and weight maintenance…in this study, the vegetarians/vegans consumed around 360 less calories (on average) than the meat group. That wasn’t intentional dieting, it’s important to note; it seems that a plant-based diet (in this group of participants) just naturally led to lower daily calories—and, by extension, greater weight loss.
Now, here’s the best news, gorgeous:
A plant-based diet has been shown to be the most sustainable to maintain long-term, because those who follow it experience such incredible benefits and feel so amazing because of it! It’s no coincidence that this is the exact diet I recommend to you—and the diet I myself have followed for nearly a decade!
But wait, there’s more… Vegetarians and vegans might even burn more calories in their sleep, as they seem to have a “resting metabolic rate” 11% higher than that of their meat-eating counterparts.
Keep in mind that this study we’re discussing looked at both vegetarians and vegans, so a lot of those people were still eating eggs and dairy. As I’ve discussed before, the best diet for weight loss, disease prevention, amazing health, energy, beauty and a thriving life is a fully plant-based one.
Now I want to help you explore this incredible diet and lifestyle that has changed my life—and so many of my clients’! Check out Wild Nutrition: Your 30-Day Revolution to Plant-Based Vitality, and get the tools you need to start thriving now!
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