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Weight Loss and Plant-Based Nutrition

plant-based nutrition Feb 10, 2020

You can't out train a bad diet.

Weight loss. Diet and exercise fads and books and supplements and exotic miracle cures – you name it – weight loss products are an enormous money-making industry. Some people look for an easy way to lose weight, and some people put in tremendous effort following one of the many restriction-based diets that remain popular.

The simplest way to understand weight gain versus weight loss is Calories in versus Calories out. People who want to lose weight essentially need to ensue they have what’s called a caloric deficit. This means that they are spending more calories (just living, exercising, etc.), than they are taking in in the form of food. While we’re on this topic, a helpful thing to know is that one pound of fat is around 3,500 calories, so in order to lose about a pound a week, you’d have to create a DEFICIT of about 3,500 calories per week, which would work out to about 500 calories a day. That might mean...

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About That Protein

plant-based nutrition Jan 31, 2020

“BUT WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR PROTEIN FROM?”

The first myth we need to squash is that plant foods are deficient in protein. We can get plenty of protein from legumes, which are the pod family of plants, such as beans, lentils, peas, and even peanuts. Even vegetables typically talked about as being starchy veggies, like broccoli, contain good amounts of protein.

Here's a quick list of Top 10 Vegan Protein Sources per 100g:

  1. seitan 75g
  2. hemp seeds 36.7g
  3. peanuts 26g
  4. pumpkin seeds 19g
  5. almonds 21g
  6. SUNFLOWER seeds 21g
  7. tempeh 19g
  8. lentils (cooked) 18g
  9. cashews 18g
  10. flax seeds 18g

There are twenty (20) amino acids that can make up a protein, but nine (9) of these are ones the body can’t make on its own and MUST get from food—that’s why these are called “essential amino acids.”

Animal protein has all nine amino acids, so people have charged vegans and vegetarians for eating sub-par or inferior protein because most plant proteins do not have all nine...

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