New to your whole food plant-based diet journey and still waiting for dramatic weight loss? While many folks experience healthy weight loss on a WFPB diet, the truth is, the scale is just one indicator of all the positive changes happening within. Your weight just doesn't tell the whole story!
Plenty of people with low BMIs still suffer from chronic illness. So if you're not seeing the overnight results you'd hoped on your plant-based diet for weight loss, I urge you to forget about the scale for a minute and check below to see if other areas of your health are positively affected by your new, healthy lifestyle. I'm betting yes! (And by the way, healthy weight loss will come. Give it time!)
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1. You Have More Energy
If you have been relying on coffee or energy drinks to get you through your hectic day, prepare to start living on a whole new level. A WFPB diet consists of nutrient-dense food, giving you a spring in your step throughout the whole day. Your body knows exactly what to do with all the extra nutrition you will be filling it with, and without all the saturated fat, and added sugar weighing it down, it will focus on keeping you healthy and full of energy.
2. Your Digestive System Works More Efficiently
A plant-based diet for weight loss can significantly reduce inflammation, and fill your gut flora with beneficial bacteria that boost your immune system and your digestion. A few weeks on your new WFPB diet will give you a flatter stomach too, since the bloating associated with eating highly processed foods high in sugar, fat, and sodium will be eliminated from your diet. Granted, your body will need those few weeks to adjust to the increase in fiber consumption but once it does, you won't have to worry about constipation ever again either.
3. Your Skin is Healthier
Dairy products, in particular, are notorious for worsening acne, eczema, and other skin conditions as dairy promotes inflammation systemically, which then shows up on your largest organ: your skin. Once you eliminate animal products and eat a colorful plant-based diet instead, your skin and pores will feel cleaner, open, and brighter, without that dullness and redness you have been used to wake up to.
4. You Sleep Better
Sleep is extremely important for a healthy body and mind, and studies have shown that an unhealthy diet can have a direct effect on sleep duration and quality! And good news for you, a diet rich in plants, and low in animal products and added sugar, provides high levels of isoflavone and tryptophan, compounds that enhance sleep quality. (Here are the best and worst foods for your sleep, by the way!)
5. You Rarely Get Sick
A WFPB diet is the best way to boost your immune system! Plants are high in antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals that protect you against illness, and keep your immune cells healthy and strong, ready to fight inflammation, germs, and microorganisms that aim to hurt you. Here are 7 top immunity-boosting plant-based foods to add to your plate this cold and flu season.
Why You Might Not Be Losing Weight on a Plant-Based Diet (+ How to Free Yourself from Weight Loss Obsession)
Been eating plant-based for a while and still not seeing the weight loss results you'd like? Let's troubleshoot! These are the 5 most common reasons why people don't lose weight on a plant-based...and their simple solutions.
And if you are feeling like you can't enjoy the other benefits of eating a WFPB diet, we've got some tips to help you break free from weight loss obsession, too. Because you deserve to enjoy your new healthy life! Take it one step at a time.
- A plant-based diet, especially a WFPB diet, can help you reach your weight loss goals because it's high in nutrients and naturally low in calories...but there are other indicators that this way of life is improving your health!
- A plant-based diet can give you an energy boost, smoother digestion, healthier skin, improved sleep, and a stronger immune system.
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Rafaela Michailidou is a Vegan Lifestyle Coach, and a freelance health and wellness content writer, with a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.