Rx for Weight Loss: A Plant-Based Diet
Research continues to show that a healthy plant-based diet helps to shed pounds. With that in mind, our Founder Marco Borges and Neal Barnard M.D., President of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine pulled together the top tips for making weight loss as easy as possible.
Fiber is the Key
There is always a lot of talk centered on fat, carbs, and protein, but what about fiber? Fiber is pretty amazing when it comes to weight loss; by slowing down digestion your body will get more nutrients out of each meal, as well as helping you feel full for longer. Meanwhile, fiber also helps your body keep consistent blood sugar levels throughout the days, so you don’t feel that afternoon “crash” that often has people reaching for an unhealthy snack. Aim for 40g of plant-based fiber per day.
Go for Greens
Green veggies are a huge helper when it comes to healthy weight loss by providing essential vitamins and nutrients to keep your body energized and feeling good, all while reducing overall caloric intake. Meanwhile, the water and fiber content in green veggies will balance your body and help you feel full. Choose green leafy veggies like kale, broccoli, bok choy, etc., and add to meals or smoothies!
The majority of weight loss plans fail simply because they are unsustainable – all you have to do is plan ahead. Healthy foods are all around you. Soups, salads, smoothies, and snacks are easily obtainable at the local grocery store and the majority of restaurants. To ensure success, keep a supply of healthy snacks in your home, car, office desk, and bag, so you don’t feel like you have to make unhealthy choices to assuage your hunger. Veggies and hummus or an apple and almond butter are great choices. For a healthy and satiating snack on the go, keep 22 Days Nutrition bars on hand.
Follow the Rainbow
You don’t have to eat only green veggies. By aiming for a variety of “colors” of food you’re automatically covering your bases – as each color offers a different nutritional spectrum. Try to incorporate a few colors each day to ensure your body is receiving a full complement of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Try for 5-7 colors per day; including blues and purples.
Water, Water, Water
Your number one tool in your weight loss arsenal is water. Primarily, water helps to keep your body running smoothly as well as assisting with digestion and metabolizing food. By choosing a plant-based diet, you automatically include more water in your diet, but you should always have a water bottle handy throughout the day. Aim for eight glasses of water per day, and cut back on drinks that cause dehydration, such as alcohol and caffeinated products. It can be really hard to switch to an entirely new way of looking at what you eat – but it can have a huge impact on how you feel. Try a plant-based diet for 22 days and, in the end, you’ll feel amazing, look amazing and be well on your way to complete body health.
Plant-Based Weight Loss Made Simple
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