By: Mitch Kahn – Plant Fueled Trainers
What if I told you that there is an easy way to lose weight and get healthier?
And you don’t have to purchase any expensive foods, shakes, supplements, or pills.
You might be a little skeptical – right?
Let Me Share My Experience
I know I was a little skeptical at first. But a couple of years ago, when I was diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer, I was guided to the works and research of Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., Dr. Michael Greger, and Dr. Colin Campbell. I learned about the overwhelming scientific evidence that showed eating a whole-food plant-based diet led to tremendous wide-ranging health benefits from weight loss to reversing heart disease. And all I had to do was eat delicious and filling vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grain carbs!
I know what you might be thinking – there’s no way this works – especially if you have been lured by the fad diets that promote low carb intake. Well, I’ve seen it work firsthand, not just on me, but on other folks as well. For me personally, I lost about 12 pounds fairly quickly and have seen no further progression of the cancer.
I can’t emphasize enough how powerful a tool this way of eating is. Hopefully by now I have at least piqued your curiosity. If so, read on to learn how a whole-food plant-based diet might help you lose weight, help you feel better, and even help you live a longer life.
What is a Whole-Food Plant-Based (“WFPB”) diet?
A WFPB diet is more of a lifestyle than a diet. It is centered around eating minimally processed vegetables, fruits, legumes (beans and peas), whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
Meat, chicken, fish, dairy, eggs, and refined grains (e.g., white bread, white rice, white flour, etc.) should be avoided altogether. Junk foods like soda, candy and fast food are eliminated. Refined foods like sugars and oils are also minimized. Personally, I avoid all oils, even olive oil. My wife and I use vegetable broth or water to sauté and we always avoid eating fried foods. The only sweeteners we use are either date sugar (which is made from pulverized dates) or Grade A organic maple syrup (but we use this sparingly).
You’ll find this way of eating to be filling, satisfying, and most importantly, a powerful weight loss tool.
A WFPB Diet Not Only Helps You Lose Weight, It Can Improve a Number of Health Conditions
When you transition to a WFPB diet, you are positioning yourself for weight loss and better health. There is an abundance of scientific studies that show this type of eating lifestyle is beneficial for weight loss, keeping weight off long term, and lowering your risk for certain chronic health conditions.
You can avoid obsessing over calorie counting by eating a WFPB diet. You just need to focus on the quality of the food you are eating rather than the quantity. When you focus on quality plant-based whole foods, you’ll be eating a balanced and nutritionally sound diet. Plus, you’ll get the benefits from eating foods that are high in fiber (fiber fills you up and makes you regular) and contain important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, while for the most part being low in cholesterol and fat (keep in mind that avocados, nuts and seeds will have higher fat content).
Eating a WFPB diet helps reduce inflammation, promotes the healing process within the body, and helps improve blood glucose levels (important if you are either prediabetic or diabetic). Additionally, because these foods are full of fiber, they help with digestion and gut microbiome issues.
Research has shown that by eating this way, you can positively impact health conditions like:
- Coronary heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Improved immune function
- Erectile dysfunction
- Irritable bowel diseases
- Some forms of cancer
Are You Ready to Improve Your Health?
All you have to do is take the next step. And, it’s okay if you want to gradually transition to a whole-food plant-based diet. The results will be well worth it!