Switching to a vegan diet is a major lifestyle change that comes with both benefits and drawbacks — and it’s not for everyone. When someone decides to follow veganism, they are cutting out all animal products from their diet, including meat, eggs, and dairy. And although there are many celebrities who lead plant-based lifestyles, veganism is certainly not sustainable or practical for everyone. Actor Liam Hemsworth had been following a vegan diet for four years until a health scare in February had him rethink how he ate. Then I got a kidney stone. It was one of the most painful weeks of my life,” he told Men’s Health magazine. I had to go to the hospital and get surgery. He explained that although he thought his diet was “super healthy,” he “had to completely rethink” what he was eating after the kidney stone, which he said was caused by consuming too much oxalate. High amounts of oxalates can be found in popular vegan foods, like beans, spinach, and beetroot. Hemsworth explained that he had initially followed a vegan diet for health reasons and he “felt great” following it at first, even though things have changed. But you have to experience it for yourself.
In an effort to improve your health and lose weight, you stopped eating meat. Chances are, your plant-based menu could use some tweaking. And in general, plant eaters tend to be slimmer than those who eat meat. Fortunately, the signs that your eating plan is off kilter are pretty easy to spot—and fix. Here are 7 worth paying attention to. Pizza or pasta, anyone? Though if you want to, go for it. If you buy the proper ratio of groceries at the store, it will translate more easily to your plate. Beans, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are loaded with fiber that can help keep you satisfied and even lower the risk for some chronic diseases. But they can also leave you gassy and crampy—especially if you ramp up your intake too quickly.
A plant-based diet allegedly improves heart health and prevents cancer. But there are a number of reasons why, despite superficial plausibility, this is misleading. It means based on plants, right? I eat plants. That would be easy to do. Vegetables like broccoli and cabbage have low caloric density, and therefore weigh a lot compared to the amount of calories they provide. A pound of cabbage provides only calories, so you could be eating lots of it and still get most of your calories from animal food. I might go so far as call it useless. Those who use the term plant-based know it would be significantly less popular if they called it vegetarian or vegan. A number of vegan doctors claim that eating a plant-based diet, whatever that might turn out to be, greatly reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer.