You may have heard a lot about celebrities like Beyonce and Venus Williams, and professional sports players like Tom Brady being vegan or going on a plant-based diet and wonder if you should try it too. Here are some interesting articles I came across this month that explore these diets further.
First – What’s the Difference Between a Vegan and Plant-Based Diet?
A vegan diet means no animal products including meat, eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived ingredients.
A plant-based diet is basically for people who wanted to be vegan but couldn’t hack it. Just kidding. It’s a term that can be used to describe anything from a vegan to a flexitarian diet. Its based on excluding or just minimizing meat, eggs, dairy products, and other animal-derived ingredients and replacing it with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes.
This writer lost 15 pounds on the 22-day vegan diet that’s supported by Beyonce, but he went back to eating meat the first night he went to his favorite restaurant.
Some of these athletes went vegan; some are just eating more plant-based foods and avoiding meat. Interestingly they didn’t feel like cutting back on meat negatively affected their success as athletes.
If losing weight isn’t enough of a reason for you to start eating more greens, this recent study showed it could help keep your memory sharper too.
Being 100% vegan all the time isn’t feasible for most people, but going to a more plant-based diet is a good option.
- Instead of a side salad order a full salad to eat first when you go out to eat, so you eat a smaller portion of meat afterward.
- Or you could start by choosing one meal a week where you stop eating meat and replace it with a vegetable-heavy meal instead.
- Why does this work? Because you’ll be cutting back on saturated fat and that will help you lose weight.