Weight loss: Following a plant-based diet could help shed the pounds

Weight loss can be achieved through eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. One healthy diet, known as veganism, has several long-term benefits associated with it and can even help shed the pounds.

For those following a plant-based diet, foods consumed on the diet include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes as well as nuts and seeds.

Healthline recommends avoiding processed vegan foods that are high in fat, sugars and food additives.

The website says: “Sugar can actually disrupt your metabolism and lead to health issues beyond weight gain, including high blood pressure, inflammation and elevated blood triglycerides.”

It advised women sticking to around six teaspoons of sugar every day, while men should stick to around nine teaspoons. 

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Marco Springmann, senior researcher of environmental sustainability and public health at the University of Oxford said: “We’ve found that the vegan diet could be one of the healthiest diets, outperforming pescatarian and vegetarian, because the vegan diet is higher in fruit, vegetables and legumes and the health benefits compensate anything else.”

One celebrity who is said to have followed a vegan diet is Simon Cowell.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: “I cut out a lot of the stuff I shouldn’t have been eating and that was primarily meat, dairy, wheat, sugar — those were the four main things.”

He also explained that he makes simple swaps during his everyday life, including not eating yoghurt and instead enjoying almond milk.

According to Medical News Today, research shows that switching to a plant-based diet could help boost the body’s metabolism enough to burn excess weight.

Those with a high metabolism typically are able to lose weight quicker due to the body burning more calories than those with a low metabolism, it’s suggested.

However when following any diet, it is important to exercise daily, not only for weight loss but exercising has an extensive list of benefits.

Those include reducing heart disease, managing blood sugar and improving overall health and mood.

The NHS recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week through a variety of different activities.

With many gyms being closed at the moment, the NHS explains that walking or cycling are both great methods of keeping fit.

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