Our diet plays a key role in keeping us fit and active. It helps us in fighting severe ailments by improving immunity in our system and also boosts our muscle strength.
Hence, deciding to eat the food of your choice makes you feel better and provides you with mental and culinary satisfaction. But what if you are a vegan? Being a vegan is a blessing for your health.
Indeed, there are plenty of benefits for a vegetarian if he or she adhere to a whole-food, plant-based diet. Here are some of them:
Less calorie intake, even when eating a lot
Since eating plants in higher volume might overshadow the effects of animal products which are more calorie-dense than the former.
Hence taking plant foods will make you feel satiated and accomplished. As you know, the brain only recognizes you’re full until 20 minutes after filling your stomach. Finally, plants contain more fibre, which has a palpable and positive filling effect on the gut. When you eat a calorically dense item like meat or milk, you don’t feel as full, and they tend to deliver more calories to the system. That may contribute to weight gain. The plant-based diet tends to bring you to a good ‘natural’ weight or even reverse obesity.
Those who follow this diet seem to have a slightly higher rate of metabolism at rest, which means more calories are burnt off. Furthermore, calories seem to be burnt off as body heat rather than fat via thermogenesis.
Fatty foods (including all animal products, oils, and maybe even nuts and seeds) increase the growth of acne on your skin.
Water-rich fruits and vegetables can give your skin an additional boost in health due to their high amounts of vitamins and minerals. Their fibre helps in better digestion and eliminates toxins which, in turn, cleanses your skin thoroughly.
Less likely to develop chronic diseases
When you are taking vegan foods on a regular basis, stakes are higher such that you might avoid serious ailments such as diabetes II, cancer and heart disease. This comes from the fact that more fibre means less sugar delivered to the system, the body is in an alkaline state (rather than acidic), and less (if any) dietary cholesterol and artery plaque build-up happen, respectively.
Don’t forget that this should be combined with at least light to moderate exercise to be effective. Also, note that being vegetarian alone isn’t enough. Ideally eat fresh, organic, local and a diverse array of whole foods (vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, legumes, grains, non-sugary drinks) whenever possible.
Makes your mood better
When you refrain from animal products, you can keep yourself free from all the stress hormones which have been produced in animals on their way to slaughter. This creates a negative impact on your mood and stability.
Eating more plant-based food corresponds to healthier mood states—less tension, anxiety, depression, anger, hostility, and fatigue.
Green foods mainly fruit and vegetables have a high level of antioxidants. They are expertly combined with a diet low in fats and protein to produce beneficial effects on psychological well-being.
Healthy carbohydrate-rich foods, including brown rice, steel cut oats, and rye bread, play a keep role in maintaining serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin regulates our mood, and scientific studies have stated that a plant-based diet may help in treating symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Save your planet by being a vegan
The meat industry is also harmful to the earth. The massive amount of pollution caused by meat farming is one of the significant causes of climate change. So, if you’re concerned about the extreme weather conditions, fluctuating sea levels, melting polar ice caps, and global warming, be a vegan and refrain from eating meat.
Animals like goats, cows are subjected to extreme tortures such as the impregnation of dairy cows where their calves are taken away and killed shortly after stealing their milk and, after a few years, they end up like hamburger meat. Little chickens are shredded or garroted alive, and are thrown away on top of the garbage pile as if they are inanimate beings.
Makes you look better
From time to time, some of us have had the goal of kickstarting a healthier diet. If your sole motto is to stay active, consider eating vegan foods. Being vegan not only keeps off excess fat but also leaves you feeling energised due to the abundance of nutrients you are supplying the body. It makes you smell better. A recent study has concluded that the sweat of an average meat-eater smells mustier than the sweat of a typical vegan. Some are of the belief that the sweat of vegetarians has a floral or fruity scent.
Improves your fitness
Most people are afraid of the loss of energy or muscle mass when abstaining from animal products – but the real truth is meat, and dairy products are especially hard to digest, consuming a major chunk of your energy and leaving you exhausted. Adopting a vegan diet helps you in reaching your fitness goals and boost your level of energy and strength. You can perform even better by intaking protein and plant-based foods. The 40-50 grams of protein you need per day can easily be met by eating green vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts or seeds. It is relatively more straightforward to build lean muscles on this type of diet, and you can easily refrain from the whole “bulking and cutting” stuff. Plant proteins come with lesser fat than animal products.