Plant-Based Diet: You Don't Have to Eat Less

One of the best things about adopting a healthy whole food, plant-based diet is that you don't have to eat less food, count calories or worry about portion sizes in order to lose pounds and inches and maintain an ideal weight.  You don't have to eat less, you just have to "eat right"!

What does eating "right" look like?  For starters, you can take a look at the Vegan Daily Food Guide, which beautifully illustrates a whole food, plant-based diet.

You will see that plant-based diet consists of a variety of foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, micronutrients and dietary fiber.  The majority of these foods are also low in calories, saturated and trans fats, and dietary cholesterol.

By "whole food" it is meant that food is eaten in its natural state, or as close to it as possible.  In other words, the food is either completely unprocessed or only minimally processed.  Thus, for example, a raw apple is better than the apple filling found in commercially prepared apple pie, in which apples are highly processed and combined with refined carbohydrates (white flour and sugar).

In his six week plan for substantial weight reduction, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D. recommends eating at least one pound each of non-starchy raw and cooked vegetables, four servings of fruit and one cup of beans, legumes, sprouts and tofu every day.  Certain other foods are also allowed in limited quantities.  That is a lot of food that is rich in nutrients and will not leave you hungry!  (For more information on Dr. Fuhrman's proven fast and sustained weight loss plan, read his national bestseller: Eat to Live.)

An excellent illustration of just much food vegans and certain vegetarians (who eat a whole-food plant-based diet) consume in a day, take a look at the Vegan Food Pyramid and the recommended daily servings of each food group.

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