‘Weight loss is easier on a vegan diet’ PT unveils plan which saw him lose 4st in 6 months

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While some decide Dry January is worth a shot, others completely overhaul their diet and lifestyle and embark on Veganuary. For the whole month of January, a plant-based diet is followed, but can it help you lose weight? Express.co.uk spoke to Andrew, a vegan personal trainer who lost four stone in six months. 

What is Veganuary? 

The official definition is: “Veganuary is an annual challenge run by a UK nonprofit organisation that promotes and educates about veganism by encouraging people to follow a vegan lifestyle for the month of January.” 

Veganism is the practice of eating only food not derived from animals and typically avoiding the use of other animal products. 

Why did you choose to go vegan? 

Andrew said: “I initially went vegan to benefit my health. I wasn’t particularly unhealthy before I turned vegan however I felt like I was lacking some energy. 

“For this reason I was open to experimenting with a vegan diet and then never looked back.” 

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Is it easier to get results if you are vegan? Why? 

“I certainly believe it is easier to lose weight when you are eating a predominantly whole food vegan diet,” the fitness expert commented. 

“The majority of these foods are very filling, due to their high fibre content, but have low calorie density. 

“This means you can eat large volumes of the food and still be in a calorie deficit which is exactly what you want when trying to lose weight.” 

He continued: “Often when people try to lose weight they adopt an unsustainable approach by eating tiny portions or cutting out carbs. 

“Although these techniques may work in the short term they are not sustainable and often lead to the individual regaining all the weight they had lost when they return to their normal way of eating. 

“Contrary to that, on a vegan diet you can eat big, delicious portions which fill you up and satisfy you. 

“Not only does this make it great for losing weight, but keeping it off in the long term as well.” 

Andrew added: “Weight loss is often over complicated by big companies to confuse their customers and keep them returning over and over again.

“Unfortunately, this always makes the individual feel like it is their fault when in reality it’s not. 

“More honesty and transparency is needed about what actually makes an individual lose weight. 

“Put simply it is a calorie deficit and I believe a predominantly whole food vegan diet is the best way to achieve that sustainably.” 

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What is the biggest myth about veganism and how do you bust it? 

“The first one is ‘all vegans eat is salad’ and I must admit I was guilty of thinking this before I turned vegan,” he said. 

“What I went on to realise is turning vegan opens up a whole new world of food, spices and flavours that I would never have found if I hadn’t gone vegan. 

“The food I eat now is way more varied and flavoursome than what I used to eat.

“The second is ‘vegans don’t get enough protein,’” Andrew continued. “This is probably the biggest myth. 

“There are tons of high protein vegan sources such as soy chunks, tempeh, seitan and tofu, just to name a few. 

“When you incorporate these foods into your diet along with legumes and plants you get more than enough protein.” 

What are your top tips for someone considering veganism or someone adopting a plant-based diet? 

Andrew replied: “I always say there’s no harm in trying it, approach it with an open mind and forget the stigma that surrounds being vegan as that can subconsciously influence the way you feel. 

“To start off with it can be really helpful to switch some of your typical foods with vegan alternatives which taste very similar, for example switch milk with oat milk. 

“You don’t have to go 100 percent vegan out of nowhere and often a gradual approach works well so you should slowly phase out meals with meat and dairy and replace them with plant based meals.

“It’s super important to enjoy the food you are eating so have a look online and find some recipes that really appeal to you. 

“Joining some online communities is also another great way to discover recipes, tips that have worked for others and get advice if you ever need it.” 

You can find Andrew, or the Plant Powered Coach as he is known, online on his website here, or Instagram account here. 

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