🥑Discover Why a Plant Based Diet Can Give You Energy
You’ve likely heard of all the benefits of a plant-based diet, whether it’s vegetarian or vegan. Maybe you have always been a vegetarian or this diet might be new to you. Either way, ensuring you consume enough protein is the best way to maintain satiety – the feeling of fullness or lack of desire to eat following a meal. Protein has a more satiating effect than fat or carbohydrates – the other macronutrients an individual consumes. Often, vegetarians and vegans replace protein with additional carbohydrates. Carbs, especially the high glycemic, processed types, cause one’s body to produce high levels of insulin which is known to stimulate one’s sense of hunger. While carbs have a place in your diet, highly processed ones, such as white bread, potatoes, pasta, and candy, should only be consumed sparingly.
An increase in protein intake can be offset by a decrease in carbohydrate consumption, leaving you feeling full longer, and it may even result in weight loss. Talk about a win-win. High protein, vegetarian options include:
· Beans and other legumes such as black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, and peas
· Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and pistachios
· Protein power (hemp, whey, pea)
· Chia seeds
Incorporating more vegetarian sources of protein into your diet will help to tame hunger and coupled with a strength training or exercise program, may also result in improved body composition and weight loss.
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