Should you switch to a Plant-Based Diet? – 3 Shocking Things I Discovered
You could assume that switching to a plant based diet would be beneficial but these are the three shocking things I discovered when I tested this diet.
After watching What the Health, a documentary on Netflix, I was inspired to try a plant-based diet. Despite reading plenty of books and conducting my research, I was still afraid to switch to this kind of diet for two reasons: number one, I thought that I wouldn’t get enough protein. As you know, I’m protein-focused, just like most of you folks and because of my bodybuilder background, I need a lot of protein in my diet. Number two: I also asked myself what I would be replacing the protein with? More carbs or more fats?
I told myself for 7 days; I would give the plant-based diet a try. Let me explain what a plant-based diet is. Quite simply it’s a diet consisting of whole foods. So unrefined, unprocessed, unpackaged type of foods. Animal proteins such as chicken, beef, and eggs are excluded whereas, fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans, tofu, and grains are encouraged.
I discovered some shockingly bad things and some shockingly good things about the plant-based diet. I noticed that I had a lot of bloating and a lot of gas when I first started the plant-based diet. The second thing is that I was tracking my food and I found that I couldn’t get enough protein. Again, I had expectations to have a high amount of protein every day, and I didn’t see that happening which concerned me. And the third thing, I gained weight (three pounds to be exact). I was very concerned about that, so I had to make some dietary changes. But before I get into what I did to make everything work with the plant-based diet, I wanted to tell you about the shockingly good things that happened. So the first thing is my strength and endurance increased significantly. I was able to lift heavier and perform more reps with ease. Number two is hydration. I’m very sensitive to being dehydrated as my energy levels drop. While on the plant-based diet, I was less thirsty. With that being said, I wasn’t as hungry as I normally am. I had more “satiety” or the feeling of being full. That was a great thing, especially in the evening as I didn’t have cravings for late-night snacks. The third thing was my bowel movements didn’t smell nearly as much as they did when I had a diet that mainly consisted of animal proteins.
Given the good things that I experienced within the 7 days, I decided to continue the plant-based diet for 30 days. If you end up considering the plant-based diet and are focused on trying to get as much protein in your diet as possible, try Vega Protein Powder. Also, don’t just eat beans on the plant-based diet but also try tofu and other legumes as well. Beans are high in fiber and should be consumed in moderation. The final tip I have for you is to decrease your portion sizes, ensuring you’re not over-consuming a good thing.
Inspire to Aspire,
Kris J Simpson
Author & Life Coach
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