If you stop eating meat, there is a good chance that you could lose weight and excess body fat. Sound good? So lets look at no meat diet benefits.
A large, five-year study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2013 revealed that people who don’t eat meat have a lower average BMI than meat-eaters, and that vegans have a significantly lower obesity rate than omnivores (9.4% versus 33.3%).
Plus, a new study presented at The Obesity Society’s 2013 meeting found that overweight/obese people following a vegan or vegetarian diet lost more weight than those who consumed meat – even though both groups took in the same number of calories.
Consuming saturated fats – which primarily come from meat and dairy – raises the level of cholesterol in your blood, and high levels of blood cholesterol increase your risk of heart disease. When you stop eating meat, it lowers the amount of saturated fat in your diet, therefore reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease.
An American Diabetes Association study found that people following a vegetarian diet had a decreased risk of factors linked to type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Study subjects who didn’t eat meat or poultry products tended to have lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and triglycerides.
Eating more veggies and legumes means your fibre intake will go up, and more fiber means less constipation and improved digestion overall. When you have regular digestion and are not bloated, you’ll feel thinner and more energised. Meat is also harder and takes longer for your body to digest and so could leave you feeling full and bloated for longer than normal.
Vegetarianism is one of the best diets for your skin. Eating more fresh fruits, vegetables loads your body up with antioxidants, which neutralize the things that can bring on wrinkles, brown spots, and other signs of ageing. More nutrients in your body and less fats means healthier skin and less breakouts too.
Adding more fruits and veggies to your diet is a natural mood-booster. Economists and public health researchers from the University of Warwick and Dartmouth College studied the eating habits of 80,000 people in Great Britain and found that mental well-being appeared to increase with the number of daily portions of fruit and vegetables, and hit an overall peak at seven servings.
The average American gets less than three servings daily. The more natural sugars you consume from fruits and vegetables the happier and more energetic you’ll be. Meat and animal products can tend to make you feel lethargic and sluggish therefore leading to low moods.
Increase in Energy Levels:
Eating more nutrient and finer dense foods such as, spinach, kale and beans, will cause you to feel more energised. Research has found that dietary nitrates enhance exercise performance in healthy people. These types of foods and following a vegetarian diet can open up blood vessels, allow more oxygen in, and have the ability to energize us more than regular diets.
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