According to The Vegan Society, veganism is a way of life that aims to eliminate, as much as possible and practicable, all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty to animals for food, clothing, or any other reason. For many people, veganism is a moral stand, a boycott of products that involve animal suffering and abuse, it’s a lifestyle choice that respects animals and refuses to take part in their exploitation.
But what happens when you follow a vegan diet?
Easy Weight Loss Many people who shift to a complete vegan and plant based diet maintain how easy it is to lose weight. One reason for this is that many plant sources of protein are lower in calories than meat.
It's not always easy to eat as a vegan, and while that might be frustrating when you want to grab a bite on the go, it has the side effect of eliminating mindless snacking. One thing that works out for most vegans is that when they for instance visit a grocery store, they have to resist their temptation of eating unhealthy snacks as they nearly always contain meat or dairy.
Evolving Taste Buds
Vegans report a slight change in taste buds – meat cravings and the idea of a sweet tooth that existed for years with time starts to fade away into the distant past. If you go a few weeks without junk foods and animal products high in salt, fat, and sugar, your tastes start to change.
Those who have moved to a vegan diet have insisted on an increase in their energy levels throughout the day. The increased energy (and lack of afternoon naps) may be the result of a healthier diet overall, especially if going vegan means you’re avoiding sugary treats and processed foods, since those set you on a path of blood sugar spikes and crashes.
Several vegans have reported immediate impact on their skin after following a vegan lifestyle. People who suffered from various skin related problems say that they have never looked better since going all plant-based.
Less Likely to have Heart Diseases and Diabetes
Many people choose veganism because it’s healthy! Recent studies found that cancer rates among vegans were up to 19% lower compared to meat-eaters. It was also shown that vegans have lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and lower chances for type-2 diabetes.
Vegans are Life Savers
Animals in the food industry are viewed as commodities and are exploited for profit. Before they are slaughtered, they suffer painful mutilations without anaesthesia. They are bred to grow unnaturally fast and large in order to maximise production. Their body is unable to support this growth and the results are deformities and pain. Over 150 million farmed animals are killed each day. By becoming vegan, you are protecting animals every minute of the day.
Vegan is Great for Environment
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of water pollution, ocean dead zones, species extinction, and habitat destruction. It’s unsustainable, wasteful and dangerous for the planet. Raising animals for our consumption requires immense amounts of water, land, energy, and food.