Weight loss, health, longevity – why giving up the meat could be the best thing you’ve ever done! Will you lose weight? What’s on the green menu? Wt
What do celebs like Olivia Wilde, Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth and Ariana Grande all have in common? They’re proud vegans – and happy to preach about the benefits of giving up meat to anyone who’ll listen!
“Beyond my desire to boycott the torture factories, I am also way happier when I eat a plantbased diet, and I feel about a thousand times more energetic,” Olivia, 33, says of her eating habits.
Miley, 24, agrees, once ’gramming, “So many good plants/fruits/ vegies to eat you ain’t gotta eat dead animals.”
And with new research putting meat in its place, not to mention pro-plant docos like What The Health and Forks Over Knives (both on Netflix) dominating headlines, A-listers aren’t the only ones reevaluating their lifestyle choices and giving flesh the flick.
Why ditch theWt meat?
“Peo “People who consume meat generally have worse health outcomes, particularly in terms of heart disease, stroke and cancer,” explains Dr Randall Stafford, professor of medicine at California’s Stanford Center For Research In Disease Prevention.
“And the evidence goes further than just suggesting an association — it shows that plant-based diets directly cause better health [outcomes].”
Afraid so, steak lovers! Animal products – and not just t the processed versions – can be high in saturated fats and carcinogens, , and pose a greater risk in terms of foodborne illnesses. By comparison, research suggests a vegetarian diet can reduce uce cardiovascular disease mortality rates by up to 29 per cent and the incidence nce of cancer by 18 per cent, , says Dr Stafford. There’s good news for the waistline, too! In one study comparing low-kilojoule meat and veg diets, those sticking to plants lost almost twice as much weight as omnivores – and more fat!
But just as with animal products, you can’t load up on processed, sugar-filled vegan foods and get away with it!
Nope, it’s all about getting a good mix of nutrient-rich whole foods and steering clear of processed stuff. It’s the question every vegan gets asked – how do you get enough protein?
“A plant-based diet can provide all the protein anyone needs – 40 or 50 grams [per day],” says Dr Stafford.
Vegans can lack vitamin B12, but make up the deficit through nutritional yeast – a dry, flakes condiment that can be added to meals or sprinkled on dishes – and fortified vegan foods.
Here’s a little tasty vegspiration to getg youy started…
‘PLANTBASED DIETS LEAD TO BETTER HEALTH’