Veganism and weight gain: understanding the reasons

According to the observations of several studies, people who eat meat have a higher BMI (Body Mass Index) than vegans, who do not eat any animal products, and vegetarians, who do not eat meat or fish. However, in some cases, the vegan diet is associated with weight gain. Here are some nutrition errors that may explain it.

Servings and Calories

Foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain essential nutrients for the proper functioning of the body. But that’s no reason to abuse it. The amounts needed depend on each person’s activity level, age, sex, height and weight. Portions that are too large and too rich will inevitably weigh on the scale. Same observation for dishes based on healthy foods, but high in calories, such as sweet potato chips, vegetable milk, vegetable ice cream, etc. They often contain additivesfrom hidden sugars and salt. Opt instead for a few squares of dark chocolate, seasonal fruits and raw vegetables for your snacks.

Not enough protein

Consuming about 60 grams of protein each day is essential to work the metabolism and stay in shape, says nutrition expert Cynthia Sass, interviewed by Health. Be sure to include enough plant-based protein, such as lentils, quinoa, and some plant-based protein powders, in your meals.

The wrong time

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or omnivorous, the time you eat your meal has a big impact on weight gain or weight loss. Eating the most important dish of the day at the least active time, in the evening, can promote extra pounds. Try to pack a hearty lunch and a lighter dinner.

Meal drinks

Certain products intended for people following a vegan diet such as coconut drinks, almond milk or green smoothies contain hidden calories. They are sometimes so rich that they could be enough for a meal. Beware of these products, and unless you only drink water and unsweetened tea, check labels and nutrients carefully before consuming them.

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