Are you looking into getting started on a Plant-based diet? I came across this article from UHC today while doing some research on proteins. Let me know what you think.
Eat a More Plant-Based Diet
There can be multiple benefits of plant protein foods. Compelling evidence led the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) to encourage a shift in food intake patterns to:
- A more plant-based diet
- Increase the intake of seafood and fat-free and low-fat milk and dairy products
- Consume only moderate amounts of lean meats, poultry, and eggs
Plant-based was defined by the DGA as a pattern in which the majority of protein sources come from plant products, though animal products are not excluded.
Add More Plant Protein for Weight Loss
When cutting calories, it is essential to load up on healthy foods. Adding plant protein is a strategy that may help to get weight loss results.
When you replace high-fat meat with plant protein, calories are slashed along with saturated fat while helping to improve the nutritional composition of your diet.
Beans may be particularly effective because they are nutrient rich and contain the ultimate weight loss trifecta: water, fiber, and protein. Diets that contain plenty of protein, fiber, and water usually make you feel fuller, faster and ultimately may decrease subsequent energy intake.
Furthermore, proteins require more energy to digest and metabolize than carbohydrates or fat. Plant proteins are digested slowly which keeps you satisfied longer so you can cut calories.
Tips to Add More Plant Protein
Use legumes to replace part of the animal protein in your diet as often as you like. Use them in salads, soups, stews, pasta, side dishes, meatloaf or in dips like hummus.
Try soy-based meat alternatives; use tofu in mixed dishes or snack on edamame to add more soy to your diet.
Snack on nuts; add them to baked dishes, salads, desserts, trail mix, cereal, yogurt, granola and more.
Have fun incorporating plant-based protein into your diet, and enjoy a nutritional advantage.