Like any way of eating, the vegan diet that some people adopt as a way of life has its positives and negatives.
When you start eating completely vegan, some serious changes occur in the body that you can't help but notice.
You can lose weight
Plant foods rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants help speed up metabolism. The exclusion of animal fats and proteins makes the body reduce accumulated extra pounds.
You may feel like going to the toilet often
A diet rich in fiber and mainly plant foods cleans the urinary tract and removes bacteria. This process has a diuretic effect and causes frequent urges to urinate.
You might get hungry fast
The plant-based diet is mostly rich in fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, but poorer in protein and fat. Because of this, you may feel hungry much more often than if you were eating meat and dairy proteins and fats.
You may get gas
Processing fiber is a difficult and difficult process for the intestines, which can cause gas and bloating.
Gut bacteria will change
Intestinal flora changes depending on what diet we follow. If you focus solely on plant-based foods for an extended period of time, it is quite normal for the type of bacteria to change to facilitate the digestive process.
Fast carbohydrates and sugars, as well as chocolate, give a quick burst of energy. In the beginning, when you switch to a vegan diet, you will feel some exhaustion, because your menu will not include meat proteins and fats, as well as fast carbohydrates. Gradually, the body gets used to taking only useful fibers, minerals, vitamins and increases its natural energy reserves.
But you might gain weight
Vegan does not automatically mean a he althy way of eating. If you focus on pasta and processed vegan products, sweeteners, processed sugars and fats, you will not lose weight, on the contrary.
The risk of some diseases decreases
One of the benefits for the body of the vegan diet is that it reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes. This is thanks to the phytonutrients and antioxidants in natural plant foods.
You may be suffering from nutritional deficiencies
On the other hand, eating only plant foods can deprive your body of vital nutrients that your cells and tissues desperately need. Among the potential deficiencies are vitamin B12, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin D found in eggs and fish.