Posted on April 23 2022
Weight loss and plant- based diet's.
Are you having trouble losing weight on a plant-based diet?
Here's the deal: While a plant-based diet is linked to a lower BMI and improved general health, these three factors may be preventing you from attaining a healthy weight, and may even explain why you're gaining weight on a vegan diet.
It's crucial to note that avoiding animal products alone does not always imply weight loss. Here are a few reasons you might be gaining weight:
1) The first is oil: Nutrient-dense foods are preferable to calorie-dense ones while trying to reduce weight. Foods that are nutrient-dense are high in nutrients but low in calories.
Oils are nutrient-poor and high in calories. Since it is a calorie-dense food that lacks both nutrients and fiber, your body absorbs it rapidly and converts it to fat. And, despite its high-calorie content, oil does not take up as much stomach space as nutrient-dense whole plant foods, so our systems has a harder time recognizing when we're full. This leads to overeating and weight gain from plant-based foods.
2) The second reason is hormonal dysfunction: You might be unaware but you could have something like thyroid or PCOS (estrogen dominance). Check your thyroid levels.
Ideally, on a plant-based diet, your thyroid levels should be normal, but if your iodine consumption is less then you could have an underactive thyroid gland.
In this case, you will have to work on hormonal balance first before you see the weighing scale budge.
3) Alcohol consumption: Technically, wine is vegan. But alcohol consumption leads to something called gut dysbiosis, a condition where your gut becomes home to inflammatory, bad bacteria. This dysbiosis is further a cause for cortisol dominance and is responsible to store excess body fat.
If weight loss is your goal, alcohol must stay off your menu.
Trust this helps,