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Benefits Of A Plant-based Diet

Promotes weight loss: Whole food plant-based diets tend to be low in calorie density due to the high water content of vegetables, fresh fruit, whole grains and canned beans. Because whole plant foods tend to be low in calories, weight gain does not occur even when portions are unrestricted, according to Dr. Michael Gregor’s research on A Whole Food Plant-based Diet is Effective for Weight Loss: The Evidence in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. Whole plant foods are naturally satisfying, which helps decrease food cravings and overeating. In contrast, eating meat promotes weight gain according to a 2017 study in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology.

High in fiber: Fiber is only found in plant foods. Fiber is important for gut health, keeping bowel movements regular and preventing colorectal cancer. Fiber also helps increase satiety and leads to good weight management.

Strengthens your immune system: Whole food plant-based diets are high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals which are anti-inflammatory and protect the body against illness.

Anti-inflammatory: Whole plant foods are high in antioxidants which protect our cells against damage from an excess of free radicals and decrease our risk of chronic disease.

Protects brain health: Plant-based eating patterns include a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains. These foods are rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, other phytochemicals, and unsaturated fat which support cognitive well-being.

Prevents, treats and reverses lifestyle diseases: Such as Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, obesity and some cancers due to the high level of fiber, low saturated fat, unrefined carbohydrates and plant proteins.

Longevity and aging with vitality: The Blue Zones have the highest percentage of centenarians. The United States has a Blue Zone in Loma Linda, California. What do people who live to be 100 have in common? They eat a predominantly plant-based diet, including a high intake of unrefined carbohydrates, legumes and beans for protein, low saturated fat and rich in omega-3.

Learning to prepare and eat nutrient dense plant-based food is important to receive all the benefits of a whole food plant-based diet. The benefits of adopting a plant-based diet can be experienced in just a matter of days.
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