A vegetarian diet is a lifestyle choice many yogis contemplate –but what can it really do for your body? Beyond an environmentally conscious philosophy, vegetarianism is a personal health choice that can significantly improve your well-being.
Here are some of the impressive benefits of cutting meat partially or completely out of your diet:
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You’ll be eating the right protein
A common misconception is that vegetarians don’t get enough protein, but studies have shown that meat eaters get 1.5 times the amount of protein they should, and usually from factory farmed meats that are loaded with hormones and antibiotics. Vegetarians, however, get their protein from veggies, legumes, nuts, and more. The amount of protein that makes up your diet is also a factor in health. According to research, people who live longer get 9-10% of their calories from protein, whereas the average American gets 15-20%.
Saturated fats that contribute to high blood pressure come primarily from animal products. By cutting out meat and full-fat dairy, you’re going a long way towards keeping your heart healthy. For people who are at risk for heart disease or already have it, a vegetarian diet can be extremely beneficial.
More likely to lose weight
Several studies have been published showing that in clinical trials of vegetarian diets, participants lost an average of 7.5 pounds. The longer the study, the more pounds were dropped! Of course, this doesn’t mean that all you have to do is eat salad for every meal and you’ll lose weight. Exercise and monitoring your caloric intake are still important factors, but the absence of many fats and sugars in a vegetarian diet certainly does its part.
Hormone-laden meats that are then packed with preservatives don’t contribute to a healthy microbiome. Diets rich in fiber, phytonutrients, and antioxidants, however, do. With this additional good bacterium, you’ll have less inflammation and an overall healthier gut.
Feel better about the environment
It should come as no surprise that animal agriculture isn’t good for the planet. With its contributions to greenhouse gases, deforestation, and the amount of water used, it’s a wonder we haven’t bled Earth’s resources dry yet. Add to that the cruel nature of many large processing facilities and the suffering animals go through, choosing to forgo meat is both a compassion-conscious and environmentally-conscious decision.
Whether it’s for personal health reasons or a lifestyle choice, cutting out meat can help your body fight diseases, shed a few pounds, or clean out the pipes so to speak. Of course, as with any diet, it is recommended you talk with your doctor first before making any drastic lifestyle changes.