Similar to individuals consuming the Standard American Diet, it is possible to either gain, maintain or lose weight eating a vegetarian or vegan diet. Let us consider the less common vegan diet where the individual is consuming 100% plant based foods. For these individuals, there are many factors that can affect weight loss or weight gain similar to that of individuals eating the Standard American Diet. One must factor in how much exercise they are getting and balance that with an optimum amount of calories, among other factors.
One of the most common issues for individuals on a plant based diet is calories, whether that is too little or too much, and nutrient requirements. The nutritional profile of the plant based diet stretches from those on the ‘Junk Food Vegan’ diet to those on the ‘Raw Food Vegan’ diet. Therefore, it is important to remember that just because you are consuming a plant based diet, that doesn’t mean it is healthy. [Read more…] about How to Lose Weight on a Plant Based Diet