Being plant-based is the latest craze to hit our plates, with more and more people ditching meat in favor of plant-based alternatives. Plant-based living is showing no signs of slowing down, with the fitness elite and professional athletes being the latest to start reaping the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.
Dispelling the meat-based myth.
A common concern with switching to a plant-based diet is that you will not be able to get all the nutrients you commonly get from meat-based products. However, opting for a plant-based diet doesn’t mean you go without all the nutrients, minerals, and food groups you need. A plant-based or vegan diet offers up enough of the good stuff for a healthy lifestyle and provides you with a diet that allows for optimum athletic performance. It just comes from a different source. However, should you have any concerns about your diet, or rather what it is lacking, then head to your local vegan nutrition store, for some advice and any dietary supplements you may need.
The benefits of a plant-based diet for your fitness
1. Improved cardiovascular health.
Plant-based diets are generally lower in fats and cholesterol than meat-based diets resulting in lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, and consequently better cardiovascular health. The stronger and better your cardiovascular health the better your athletic performance will be.
2. The anti-oxidant effect.
Plant-based diets are also rich in anti-oxidants which in turn can help reduce inflammation. By reducing inflammation, you may help speed up the recovery process. Inflammation is a common problem for athletic performance or excessive training. Such a level of activity can stress your body, often causing inflammation to occur, particularly around the joints. So by upping the anti-oxidant-rich foods, you can help reduce muscle soreness, inflammation and improve recovery, ready for your next performance.
3. You will still get all the protein.
A common concern when switching to a plant-based diet is that you may lack protein. If you train hard or often, then you will need more protein than your sedentary peer to ensure your muscles continue to grow and repair sufficiently to support and improve your level of training. A plant-based diet is still rich in protein and can be found by the bucket load in pulses and beans.
Consider making the switch?
The plant-based revolution can be seen everywhere, from your local supermarket to the new restaurant opened up in town. It has never been easier to try a plant-based diet, especially if you’re a fitness fan. Nearly all supplements and shakes come in a plant-based variety. Also, there are endless delicious plant-based recipes to inspire you in the kitchen too. Whether you are leading an active lifestyle looking to enhance your performance. You won’t have to look too hard to find plant-based recipes. If you’re not sold on the thoroughly plant-based diet just yet, then why not try to substitute a few meat-based meals a week with plant-based alternatives.
Everybody needs a decent serving of fruits and vegetables each day. Those with a particularly hectic training regime will need to increase the load to increase their intake of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. So why not give it a go and start swopping your beef chili for bean chili. You might surprise yourself.
A plant-based diet is just as effective in supporting an lifestyle of a meat-based diet. There are only certain things you should take into consideration, and that includes nutrients and protein intake. However, you don;t need to worry as long as you consume a variety of foods. Supplements may be useful.
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