About Vegan Lifestyle Weight Loss Plan

By Pamela Reynolds

Once you start being a vegan, you will probably lose a few pounds. This healthy lifestyle brings numerous benefits, but, after your organism gets used to this new regime, you can still gain weight, whatever people might think about it. So, if something like this happens to you, a vegan lifestyle weight loss plan might become quite useful.

Vegan diet is mostly based on grains and vegetables, as well as dairy substitutes, mostly soy products. This type of diet requires taking care of total amount of minerals and vitamins contained in each type of foods, and counting calories isn't the most important thing. More important problem is finding a good source of protein your body needs.

Taking care about sufficient intake of protein, mineral and vitamins sometimes may end up with taking too much carbohydrate. Since all carbohydrates end up being blood sugar, or glucose, it's not strange that vegans may gain weight easily. Another problem is they consume larger quantities of food, and if something is missing in their organism, and often is, they will feel hungry.

Your body is set up to use glucose as a primary source of fuel. When you want to lose weight, you have to cut calorie intake, to force your body to use its reserves. Glucose reserves are small, and they will be soon gone and the body will start using fat reserves. Unfortunately, it will use fats from all areas of the body, but not so much those placed on your belly, because that's how it works.

If you cut the carbs, your body will soon spend all glucose reserves, and you will force it to search for another source. This is when it will start using fat reserves, transforming the fats into fat acids. This state is also called ketosis, and it is great for losing weight, especially from your belly and similar areas. It might be simple for people eating all foods. But, it might be hard for vegans to stick to it.

In any case, you have to cut some things, and to eat other things. The point is to use mostly fats, and they should count around 70 percent of your daily calorie intake. Here are some examples of foods containing high levels of fat, for example, vegetable oils, avocado, nuts, previously soaked seeds and other similar foods. Dark green vegetables are really good, and you could also choose different low carbs vegetables.

That's why you should know more about the amount of carbs in each vegetable. For example, you can eat kale, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, cucumber and cauliflower. Needless to say that you should stop eating most fruits, starting with bananas, apples and similar. You should also stop eating legumes, tubers and all grains.

Since you have to get enough protein, you have to eat vegetable protein, dairy substitutes and vegan meats, but be careful not to exceed your 50 gram of carbohydrates limit. Leafy greens, organic coconut oil and avocado, with balanced vitamin and minerals ratio, and you will soon get rid of your belly fat. This might be a little bit more difficult for you than for others, but you can do it.

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