Almost every person, at some point has seriously contemplated the meatless life because of certain health conditions. Still, some may have hesitated to do it because they just can’t quit eating burgers. Experts encourage those people to stop eating meat for some period of time and see that nothing dramatic is going to happen biochemically. On the contrary, they will experience significant benefits
Pretty sure you will like this one! You will lose a few pounds. Neal Barnard, MD, adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, founded a group called Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in order to promote a plant-based diet for disease prevention. In the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, he published his findings that you definitely lose weight if you go for green, and that isn’t the goal when you go vegetarian. The average weight loss tracked by Mr. Barnard is 7.5 pounds. The longer you stay green, the greater the loss.
A little disturbing thing at the beginning is the healthy bacteria that you may get in your gut, and some bloat, at least at first.
Experts explain how our body has digestive enzymes that handle the proteins in both meat and plants, and that doesn’t change when we stop eating meat. However, all the indigestible carbohydrates in plant protein sources and other plant-based foods can alter the bacterial profile in our intestines. It is believed that new carbs can help boost the population of healthy bacteria in the gut.
A little bloatedness may be felt at the beginning, but that is due to the new diet and the intestinal tract needs time to adapt to its new residents.
Eating green not only helps you lose weight and reduce waist size but also lowers the risk of various chronic diseases.
You may protect yourself from heart disease.
In some studies there are results from experiments conducted on several thousands of men and women, vegetarians and non-vegetarians with similar lifestyles. The results showed that vegetarians had 24% lower risk of ischemic heart disease than carnivore. This may be due to the lower levels of inflammation. Again, plant-based diets have proved to be anti-inflammatory.
You may lose your taste. And not just for red meat.
Zinc is a biochemical heavy lifter, and has a crucial function in giving a boost to the immune system, for taste and hearing, as well. Zinc is included in oysters and red meat. The study of the Institute of Health Bioscience at the University of Tokushima in Japan found that zinc deficiency is a predominant factor behind taste impairment. The authors say that when they diagnose taste impairment in a patient, they first hypothesize that it may be due to the malabsorption of dietary zinc. This is way new vegetarians need to make sure they provide enough zinc to their body. Even though, beans, nuts, whole grains, and dairy products provide some zinc, the phytic acid in whole grains, seeds, beans, and legumes can interfere with zinc absorption. Because of this, vegetarians might need as much as 50% more zinc than carnivores. The recommended daily target for women is 8 milligrams, which means you might want to go for at least 12 mg.
Your muscles may need more time to recover.
Protein is essential for the muscles: building muscle, maintaining it, and repairing it post-workout. You can take animal or plant protein, and the difference is in its absorption. Plant protein takes a little longer to get the job done. It is recommended for vegetarian and vegan sportists to get their post-workout protein in liquid form, since liquids are absorbed more quickly into the body than solids.
You can make a smoothie with coconut milk, almond milk, hemp milk, rice milk, or soy milk, and add carbohydrates in the form of fresh fruit to replenish your glycogen stores, which your body uses for energy, post-workout. These 20 protein-packed smoothie recipes will do the trick.
You may need little supplements.
Studies have shown that vegetarians tend to get the same amount of iron as carnivores, as well as, calcium and even vitamin B12, which is essential for proper nerve function. They only suggest taking zinc supplements.