5 Best Plant-Based Foods for Weight Loss

Healthy, skinny, and protecting the animals is the holy trinity of being a nutritious plant-based dieter. But if you’re not at a healthy weight, here’s some vegan-approved foods that are not only extremely healthy, but they also aid weight loss. Being a plant-based dieter opens the door to all sorts of wonderful side effects!

  1. Cinnamon: don’t grab for that box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Don’t do it. That’s like me telling you, “Eat fruit!” and you grab for the strawberry ice cream. When I say cinnamon, I’m talking about the hard stuff. Right from nature. Or at least right from your supermarket’s shelves in ground-cinnamon form. It’s known that “…adding cinnamon to your diet can cause your body to burn more calories without the need for more exercise” (McCormick Science Institute). Every couch potato’s dream: Exercise in spice form.
  2. Lemon-ginger-mint water: if Lebron James and Michael Jordan were fused into one superhuman basketball player, even they wouldn’t be as awesome as the combination of lemon, ginger and mint in water. Stupid metaphors aside, mixing all these ingredients into a pitcher and letting it sit overnight = instant weight loss drink. This is a staple if you’re on a detox diet because of its magical healing powers, and I got the recipe from Prevention Magazine.
  3. Apples: Okay, not as unexpected as you thought. But turns out, women who ate three apples a day lost on average 1/2 pound more than those not eating apples. Granted, there’s no way of knowing if the women in the study who weren’t eating the apples were chowing down on snickers bars, but you can’t argue with 1/2 a pound. Eat some apples!
  4. Kiwis: fiber + natural appetizer suppressant. If a kiwi and a donut got into a fight, the kiwi would win. And not just because it’s a natural weight loss food, but because the doughnut would have an identity crisis in the middle of the epic battle because, honestly, nobody really knows which spelling of donut/doughnut is right. So while all the donuts in the world go cry themselves to sleep, you can applaud the fact that kiwis are helping you cut inches off your waistline because of their combined powers of Vitamin C, flavonoids and carotenoids, offering great antioxidant protection. (From Discovery Health)
  5. Almonds: Let’s face it, Almonds are pretty gross to 99% of people who have working tastebuds. Yet if you can suffer through the bland taste, (or if you cave and buy the salted kind, which makes it marginally less awful tasting), you need to read this little tidbit from WebMD: “Researchers found that people eating a diet rich in almonds lost more weight than those on a high-carb diet with the same number of calories.” So MAN UP and eat a handful of these suckers.

So there you have it. The key to happiness (or at least weight loss, but who says they aren’t synonymous?) in list form. You’re welcome.

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  1. Garrett Marines says

    You made certain nice points there. I did a search on the subject and found most people will have the same opinion with your blog.

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      You should know that the odds are gnaiast you. Most people who lose weight gain it all back. But this doesn’t mean that you are destined to become such a statistic. There are people who do experience long-term weight-loss success. To be one of them, you need to realize that it is possible to keep the weight off—and even to lose more. But since it may be difficult at times, you need to be realistic and plan how you’ll overcome the struggles.I think that it’s important to be told the real deal. If you’re aware of what it takes to lose and keep weight off and then you commit to doing it, you will succeed. It’s as simple as that.The body’s physiological response to losing weight may mean that you feel hungrier than normal, or think of food more often. Or you may feel lazier and inclined to reduce all your spontaneous activity (jumping up to do run errands, putting extra vigor into housework, playing with your kids or pets), thereby preserving energy. It appears that the body’s tendency to revert back to previous body weight can be triggered even from losing just five to 10 percent of your starting weight. So if you weighed 200 and lost 10 to 20 pounds or you weighed 150 pounds and lost 8 to 15 pounds, you may have to work hard in order to maintain that loss.Most people look for the best diets to lose weight. But what scientists have realized is that losing weight is the easy part. Most diets, healthy or not, do work. You can drop pounds fairly quickly, especially the more overweight you are . But no matter how you lose the weight, the real challenge is to keep it off long-term.If you’ve been overweight or obese for two years, 10 years, or 20 years, a short-term diet or fitness plan won’t solve your problem. Obesity is a chronic disorder which requires a long-term approach. What you can’t do is follow a program such as the Lose 10 Pounds in 5 Weeks plan, and then revert back to those behaviors that made you overweight or obese in the first place. Once you’ve lost weight and you are trying to maintain the loss, or lose even more, you will find that, at times, it will be difficult. But, you will also experience periods where you enjoy eating more healthfully and your exercise sessions feel easy.Beware of being disillusioned. Many books, magazines and weight-loss products trying to motivate you into buying their plans purposefully make things sound easier than they are. Yes, you can lose weight and keep it off. You can get fit and stay fit. But is it as easy as spending a few minutes per week using an exercise gizmo? Or will one simple diet food or supplement do the trick? No.You are going to have to stay disciplined—and keep finding ways to stay motivated to do so. You’ll be faced with temptations and you’ll have to find ways to resist or avoid them. In today’s busy world, environmental factors such as fast-food chains everywhere and too many sedentary activities like TV-watching, driving and using computers, lead you to eat more and exercise less.But your environment, and more importantly, how you respond to it is something you can control. Some people who strive to lose weight may simply have a physiology that means it will always feel like a struggle to eat well and exercise. But many people who have been able to stick to healthier living for a long time swear that it gets easier the longer you do it.

  2. says

    I think youve produced some actually interesting points. Not as well many people would truly think about this the way you just did. Im really impressed that theres so a lot about this subject thats been uncovered and you did it so properly, with so very much class. Very good one you, man! Seriously good things here.

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      The best diet for long term weight loss is a diet you can STICK to long-term.It’s a diet based arnoud what you normally eat that has exactly the right energy input that’s unique to you, that won’t leave you hungry but will gradually enable you to lose weight consistently.It’s a diet that you can stick to for life because if you don’t change your habits then when you come off the diet, you’ll probably regain all the weight.It’s a diet very high in fruits and veg because you’re eating less calories so you need to keep your fiber and nutrition high. By eating more fruit and veg you can actually eat more volume and still lose weight.It’s a diet that reduces carbohydrate and fat slightly but keeps the protein.It’s not rocket science. A few simple rules are the difference between great success and dismal failure.

  3. says

    The most recent rereasch shows that there are several good choices out there. There are two general categories, low fat (such as Mediterranean, USDA food pyramid, Okinawan) and low carb (Atkins is the best known). Either approach will provide good weight loss. A well-balanced vegetarian or vegan diet also is very healthy. Try different diets and go with what works for you. The low fat diet based on the USDA food pyramid works for me. I eat large amounts of whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts. I also eat large amounts of high glycemic foods such as potatoes, pasta, rice, and corn. This is because I am very active and in my experience these foods provide me with the glycogen I need for long-distance running, swimming, and cycling. Less active people probably should not eat so much high glycemic foods. I eat 4 oz per day of chicken breast or fish, and use small amounts of olive or canola oil. I go vegetarian two days a week. Once or twice a month I reward myself to fast food, bbq ribs, or a steak. These rewards have allowed me to keep my sanity, and stick to my diet for years.The best choice for long-term weight loss is something you can stick with over the years. Only you know what is best for you. Also, any exercise you can get will definitely help.Below is a link to a great website for athletic nutrition.

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