You may lose weight
Vegans feel more satiated after eating meals because they consume more nutrient-dense foods packed with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. A recent review published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine analyzed 12 different studies comparing people assigned to a vegetarian diet to people on a non-vegetarian diet. The results showed that the vegetarians weighed four pounds less than the non-vegetarians. According to another study, women who ate more fruits and vegetables were at a 28 percent lower risk of gaining weight than women who did not eat as many fruits and vegetables. “They’re putting more thought into their meals,” Sheth says. “They’re more mindful, so that whole attitude is going to promote weight loss.” These are some of the 10 healthiest vegetables you can eat.
You might make more frequent trips to the bathroom
A high-fiber, plant-based diet cleans out your intestines. Insoluble fiber holds more water, which can bulk up waste and help bowel movements pass more smoothly. Translation: You’ll notice bigger, softer stools. “Size matters, as they say,” says Liz Applegate, PhD, director of sports nutrition at University of California, Davis.
You may feel hungry more often
A growling stomach may mean that you’re overdoing the veggies and cutting out essential nutrients like protein in beans or whole grains. One cup of raw vegetables contains 25 calories, so a bulky, 300-calorie vegan meal might fill you up initially. But keep in mind that it doesn’t necessarily mean your body is getting the adequate nutrition it needs to sustain your energy throughout the day. “It’s important to pay attention to the mix of foods in your diet,” Sheth says. “If you have a bowl of oatmeal, add some nuts, chia seeds, cinnamon, and blueberries. Right there you took that bowl of cereal and made it much more nutrient dense.” Here are other surprising reasons you might be hungry.