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Vegan Diet Plan

Posted Oct 19 2010 12:01am

Vegan Diet Plan

There have been a lot of recent diet books that include a vegan diet plan (and for good reason).

If you are like most people, you have been on a weight roller coaster for as long as you can remember. Sometimes your weight goes up and sometimes your weight goes down, but (just like being on a roller coaster) you are really not in that much control. That can all change if you make the switch to a vegan diet plan.

A vegan is someone who doesn’t eat any meat or meat products (including eggs or dairy products) and while it may sound a bit restrictive it is actually close to what you should be eating and it is a great way to lose weight.

Why Do Vegan Diet Plans Work?

The reason why vegan diet plans work is because they eliminate the largest source of fat in your diet (milk and meat). You probably already know that fat calories are highly dense and that the more fat you eat the fatter you are likely to get.

You may also know to stay away from butter and oils when you are trying to lose weight, but what you may not know is that most of the fat in your diet comes from eating dairy foods (milk, cheese, yogurt…) and meat (chicken, fish, beef…). Yes, even low-fat dairy foods are still very high in fat.

The other reason why a vegan diet plan works is because your body thrives on low calorie and high nutrient foods (otherwise known as fruits and vegetables).

Go a Step Further

Don’t fall into the trap that many people fall into when they become a vegan or vegetarian and start eating nothing but grains. Grains, while okay for you, can act very much like sugar (see my post of Foods That Act Like Sugar ) when you eat them.

In case you didn’t know, sugars are also easily turned into fat in your body, so when you are thinking about a diet plan, make sure you don’t fall into the trap of avoiding fats but then eating a lot of sugar. You can avoid both sugars and foods that act like sugars by going on a 30 day adventure I call the 30 Sugar Free Days Program , check it out.

Long Term?

I get this question a lot: “Should I be a vegan for the rest of my life?” While this is a bit of a hard question to answer (because everyone is different), here is what I think.

You should be a non-grain vegan about 90 percent of the time. That means you eat nothing but fruits and vegetables most of the time and about 10 percent of your diet is for grains and meat products. People can follow this diet by only eating meat on the weekend, or only eating a small portion of meat or grain at dinner. You decide what works for you.

But if you want to lose weight fast, the best method is to go 100 percent non-grain vegan and then once you arrive at your ideal weight, then start experimenting with adding back small portions of meat and grains.

Here are some great vegan (or mostly vegan) diet books:

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