Veganism is becoming increasingly popular and more accessible, with 620,000
people from 220 countries making a pledge to pursue a plant-based diet at the start
One of the reasons for this growth is veganism’s abundant health
benefits. Plant Based News states that the benefits of vegan diets include improved
energy levels, greater fitness, and improved digestion and sleep — all of which can
lead to weight loss.
However, simply going vegan does not ensure that you’ll lose weight. Just because a
food product is vegan doesn’t automatically mean that they’re low-calorie. Sweet
potatoes, for instance, can contain lots of calories, so you can still have a calorie
surplus if you’re not careful. Moreover, unless you’re adopting other healthy habits
to supplement your diet, your weight loss might not be sustainable.
Here’s what you can do to lose weight On a vegan diet.
Monitor your calorie intake:
While going vegan can yield abundant health benefits, you eventually have to accept
that this doesn’t exempt you from needing a calorie deficit to lose weight. As ever,
maintaining a calorie deficit — or consuming fewer calories than you’re burning — is
key to weight loss.
In line with this, diet experts on WeightWatchers explain that weight loss plans
require food tracking to be successful. The science checks out: food tracking is the
biggest predictor of success. The more you track, the more weight you’re bound to
lose. Even if you’re not perfect with your tracking, doing it consistently can go a long
way to lose weight on a vegan diet.
Manage your cravings:
Especially for those who are new to veganism, cravings can be detrimental to your
progress. But this is an important hurdle to get over as you train your taste buds to
get used to the food that you will be regularly consuming. While you may naturally
crave non-vegan food in the beginning, eventually, your body will start to crave the
healthy food that you constantly consume.
The key here is looking for alternatives or recipes that can satiate your taste buds.
Indulge in meals that you’re naturally inclined towards, or explore tasty methods like
the raw vegan recipes outlined in my recipe Raw Vegan Taco Salad.
Incorporate exercise into your lifestyle:
You can’t achieve a healthy and sustainable calorie deficit unless you’re getting
adequate exercise. Because when you exert yourself physically, your body burns
calories to stay energized. Sustaining exercise also increases your metabolism, thus
increasing the number of calories you burn regularly and helping you lose body fat.
You don’t even have to overexert yourself in order to yield these benefits. Even just a
couple of minutes of aerobic activity in a day can pile up to result in progress for
weight loss. Eventually, you can work up to longer durations and even incorporate
strength training to build muscle and further enhance your metabolism.
Maintain healthy sleeping habits:
One of the more understated components of weight loss is sleeping well. The
Conversation points out that the correct amount of sleep can determine how much
fat is lost and how much muscle weight you regain while on a diet. It also impacts
your metabolism, appetite, and food selection. This means that without proper
sleep, your weight loss efforts may be compromised.
Having a good diet and maintaining regular exercise already aids in getting better
sleep. Setting a consistent sleep schedule and creating bedtime rituals can also
further help in elevating your sleep quality.
Adopting a vegan lifestyle goes beyond food — it touches on your habits surrounding
exercise, sleep, and overall wellness as well. To foster weight loss, all of these
aspects must be prioritized. For more tips on how to improve your vegan journey,
you can find more here at The All Natural Vegan!
Written by Angeline Denesik.