How exactly do you personally execute important dietary decisions once you have wisely decided to lose all of those undesirable pounds of unhealthy body fat?
How well do you understand your nutritional needs?
Do you even consider what constitutes proper nutrition when you begin the latest, trendy diet plan that promises you illusory outcomes?
Can you with a straight face, convince anyone that you can achieve a 30 pound weight loss in a month without the worry of ill effects upon your health and well being?
We all know we are looking at a new year and decade in less than a week. All around us we can appreciate people making a resolution to begin a new diet to create a new body. But, are they cognizant of how they will initiate any nutritional plan that will result in good health and successful weight loss?
I’m going to become a Vegan!
Today I start my Keto!
I’m going to reduce my cholesterol by eliminating eggs!
Before you begin any paid for diet plan, before you commence taking on any changes to your dietary habits, please educate yourself before you take a swan dive off a diving board into the deep end of the nutrition pool. You might find yourself hitting your head on the bottom.
I accept Veganism as being a healthy diet. Many thousands of people around the world are perfectly healthy living this lifestyle. However, I would ask you why you believe that Veganism is for you.
I actually had this very conversation just a few days ago with a nice young, obese man I work with. His response?
“I’m giving this a try because my girlfriend is a Vegan”
Because your girlfriend, boyfriend or any other important person in your life has adopted this lifestyle is not enough to justify you adopting it. Unless, you have a solid base of nutritional knowledge beforehand.
It is not enough to believe that you can just eat plant based foods in order to lose weight and be healthy. A few things you must first understand:
You must ensure that you are consuming protein that provides you with all your essential amino acids. Just consuming protein in itself is not enough. Soy, quinoa and buckwheat are plant-based foods that contain all nine essential amino acids, making them complete protein sources, all other plant based proteins are considered to be incomplete proteins as they lack one or more essential amino acids. (1)
The 9 essential amino acids are: histidine, isoleutine, leucine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. These amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form your own body’s proteins. Amino acids and proteins are the building blocks of life. When you consume proteins, they are digested and broken down. Amino acids are what is left. Your body uses these amino acids to create proteins to help your body:
Break down food
Repair body tissue
Perform many other body functions
If you decide upon becoming a Vegan, you need to concern yourself with providing your body with all of its vitamin and mineral requirements. Many assert that a whole-food, plant-based diet easily meets all your daily nutrient requirements, but this is only a partial truth. You have to have a sound knowledge of nutrition to receive all that you require for good health. Otherwise, you would never see people quitting Veganism when the lifestyle begins making them unwell. Here are 6 nutrients that you may need to supplement with while on a vegan diet: