Celebs like Alicia Silverstone, Alanis Morissette, and Olivia Wilde all benefit from a vegan diet — now add actress Mischa Barton to the list. The 26-year-old actress showed off her slim and healthy figure on the set of Oasis singer Noel Gallagher's new music video. Mischa told Us Weekly, "I've been running like three miles a day," and added she also loves juice cleanses and vegan food.
Vegan diets are becoming more associated with weight loss these days, and while omitting animal-derived products like meat, dairy, and eggs can help achieve weight loss, going vegan doesn't instantly drop pounds from the scale. Check out how ditching animal products from your diet can help you lose weight, but how it can also cause you to gain.
How a Vegan Diet Encourages Weight Loss
- Hamburgers, hot dogs, steak, sausages, barbecue chicken, ribs — meat tends to be high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and waist-expanding calories. In comparison, meat-free alternatives like tofu, veggie burgers, tempeh, and seitan are much lower in calories, but still high in protein, making them diet-friendly foods.
- Butter, whole milk, and cheese are also high on the caloric scale, and if you're ditching them, that means skipping out on a slice at the pizzeria down the street and saying no to a cone at the local ice cream parlor. Of course there are still plenty of vegan alternatives to dairy products, but as long as you're not overindulging in them, you'll most likely still lose weight.
- Going vegan encourages eating a primarily plant-based diet, which includes tons of veggies like kale, carrots, broccoli, and spinach. They're low in calories and high in fiber, so they make you feel full without busting the calorie bank. And since your hunger is satiated, you'll end up consuming less calories throughout the day.
Keep reading to find out how a vegan diet can lead to weight gain.
How a Vegan Diet Encourages Weight Gain
- When people give up meat, they often fill the void with carbs like pasta and bread. While these are vegan, they're also high in calories, and if you don't watch your portion sizes, you end up needing larger pants.
- While nuts and the butters made from them are great sources of vegan protein, even small portions deliver big calories. Nosh on too many handfuls of cashews or spoonfuls of peanut butter, and you'll end up consuming hundreds of calories in just a few minutes. Do that every day and the calories will quickly add up to pounds.
- With all the vegan treats available, you never feel like you're missing out on your favorite foods. You can easily find cookies, ice cream, cheese, yogurt, and chocolate that's free of animal products, but they contain just as many calories as the nonvegan ones. Just as when you load up on nonvegan junk, eating these vegan alternatives will make the numbers on the scale go up in no time.