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Study Shows Meat Free Diets Reduce Cholesterol And Prevent Heart Disease

When you stop to think of the dismal health conditions in the United States and other parts of the world because of our diet choices, you realise just how much damage we done to ourselves. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America for both men and women. Preventable heart attacks account for most of these deaths. 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese. 1/3 of all U.S. kids are overweight or obese and obesity is being diagnosed more and more at very young ages.

We eat like there’s no tomorrow, and then we pay the price, and not just individually but as a society when health care costs are in the billions due to preventable conditions.

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Losing Weight With A Vegetarian Or Vegan Diet

Many people embark on vegetarian and vegan diets motivated by a view that it will help them control their weight. It is true that a recent study found that vegans weigh on average 30 pounds less than meat eaters do.

While technically a plant diet should be lower in calories because fruits and vegetables are naturally lower in calories than meat and dairy, it is important to realize that it can quickly turn unhealthy and very unsupportive to weight loss. For example, vegans who eat junk food, like chips, cakes, and cookies all day, all of which are vegan, but hardly conducive to healthy weight management or weight loss.

Sometimes, those who seek to lose weight by going vegetarian may remain unaware of the key principals of successful weight loss and continue to struggle with their weight regardless of their significant dietary changes. Today we will discuss scientifically proven steps to weight loss that are safe for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans.

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How To Build Muscle On A Vegan Diet

Muscle builders and weight training enthusiasts typically assume that it is difficult to build muscle on a vegan diet, given its lack of animal-based protein. However, what they don’t realise is that vegan diets feature plenty in the way of plant-based proteins. Moreover, plant proteins contain very little fat as compared to meat that can elevate cholesterol levels and increase the risk of a heart attack.

It is protein that builds muscle NOT meat.

Protein contains essential amino acids that are the building blocks of muscle. The body does not distinguish where the protein comes from, and meat is certainly not the only source.

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The Vegan Diet

Many wonder how a vegan can sustain a healthy diet without eating some of our main food groups. How can we be healthy without meat? How can we be healthy without dairy? And the main question of all, what do vegans really eat?

Living off a healthy vegan diet is not quite as challenging as some people assume. Basing a diet around plenty of fruit and vegetables, plenty of starchy foods, beans and pulses for protein, and just a small amount of our beloved sugar and fatty snacks creates a great start for a healthy human being.

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Vegetarianism and Children

One of the most important things you can do as a parent is to teach your children how to eat healthily. The best way to do this is to start as soon as they are born to set a solid foundation for the rest of their lives. When it comes to newborns and the decision has been made not to breastfeed use a soy based formula to ensure that the newborn gets all the necessary nutrients.

Do not just use regular soy milk because a newborn needs all the nutrients that the soy-based formula has been fortified with. Do not keep your newborn indoors all the time, make sure that you go out for walks or outing so the newborn can get vitamin D from the sun.

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How to Plan a Vegetarian Diet

If you are making the switch to a vegetarian diet do not be overwhelmed when it comes to making a shopping list so you can start preparing vegetarian meals at home. It is not a difficult job to make sure that you have everything you need to succeed in your new endeavour. Make sure you buy plenty of grains, green leafy vegetables, beans, and nuts. If you are unsure of how to prepare vegetarian meals, invest in a vegetarian cookbook, which are plentiful at your local book store or look online for recipe ideas.

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Vegetarian Food and Your Health

Switching to a vegetarian diet can be an exciting and fun way to attain a healthier lifestyle. As we have previously learned, vegetarians do not eat meat, poultry, or fish. Although some do eat dairy or eggs. If you choose to follow one of these diets and lifestyles, you will find that your risks of contracting certain diseases will fall.

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7 Keys To Building A Successful Vegetarian or Vegan Lifestyle

If living a healthy lifestyle is your goal, then you should seriously think about becoming a vegetarian.  When you decide to become a vegetarian there are things you must eliminate from your life. Just saying you are a vegetarian does not mean you are one; the thing to remember is that vegetarians are not born, they are made.  Vegetarian’s meals are made up of fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables. There are 7 keys to building a successful vegetarian lifestyle that should be realized.

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The Pros and Cons of a Vegetarian Diet

The vegetarian diet is the healthiest diet with respect to receiving direct benefits nutritionally and calorically. Needless to say, following a vegetarian diet has more pros associated with it than it has cons.

Almost 16 million Americans (5% of the population) are vegetarian and 50% of them are vegan (Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group). The number of vegetarians in the United States has doubled since 2009 when the count was only 2.5%.

Data also shows that 33% of Americans are eating vegetarian meals more often, even though they are not fully committed to the lifestyle.

What is the appeal of a meat-free diet and are there any pitfalls? Read on to learn the answers to these questions.

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