Updated: Oct 22, 2020
There are many reasons why someone would want to switch to a plant-based diet. They could be trying to lose weight which has been a struggle for ages with a normal diet. They might be suffering from some health issue that could be mitigated with a clean diet. Or they may just want to look and feel better.
Whatever the case may be, the plant-based diet has many benefits that can be accrued if you adopt it successfully. It may take about a month or two before you really get used to it. Making the switch from an omnivorous diet to an herbivorous one is a challenge, but it can be done.
Now let’s look at 5 reasons why most people will benefit from a plant-based diet.
1. More energy and vitality
Before you even see the results, you will feel it. Within the first week of being on a plant-based diet, your body will start flushing out the toxins from your body. Many people report getting a flu or not feeling good during the first week or 10 days.
The reason for this is your body is ‘cleaning house’ and resetting your system. It’s a detox process that will initially make you feel worse off, but after a while, you’ll recover and feel much better than ever before.
Just remember that things take a dip first before they rise to whole new levels. Stay on course and don’t throw in the towel just because you don’t feel good in the first few days. You will find that you are more energetic and less tired once you’re on a plant-based diet.
2. Better sleep
Many of the vegetables that you consume will be rich in magnesium and it’s considered to be ‘nature’s tranquilizer.’ Since your body is getting nutritious food that is easily digestible, your body doesn’t have to work so hard to process the foods you eat.
It’ll be well-rested, and you’ll get better sleep at night. You may find that you need even less sleep but still feel more refreshed. This is one of the major benefits of a plant-based diet and it must be felt to be believed.
3. Body functions optimally
On a plant-based diet, you’ll be getting all the micronutrients that your body craves. The vitamin A in carrots will improve your eyesight. The vitamin C will prevent colds. All the other antioxidants will help your body get rid of free radicals.
4. Reduces risks of many diseases
A plant-based diet will reduce and eliminate inflammation in your body. Inflammation sets the stage for many diseases ranging from diabetes to heart disease and even raises your risk of getting cancer.
Vegetables, grains and fruit are very healthy, and even more so if they’re organic. Meat has toxins and saturated fat that clogs up your arteries. Just avoiding meat will reduce your risks of getting many diseases.
5. Easier weight management
Of course, one of the best benefits of the lot is that you will lose your excess fat much more easily with a plant-based diet. People who have struggled to lose weight with other diets often find that their fat starts dropping once they switch to this diet.
It’s also easier to keep the weight off because if you stick to vegetables and fruit, it’s very difficult to gain weight.
Avoid processed foods, sugar and hydrogenated oils. Being on a plant-based diet gets more effective when it’s as natural as possible.
These 5 benefits alone should tell you just how rewarding a plant-based diet is. It can seem intimidating to make the switch all at once. The best way to go about it is to gradually make changes.
Maybe make one meal in a day a plant-based one… and slowly move on to two meals and on and on, till all your meals are plant-based. Once you start feeling and looking better, you’ll appreciate just how fantastic the diet is and you’ll stick to it for life.