As I’ve said earlier, I lost 50 pounds in a year. That’s sizable weight loss. But, losing even less could bring big health benefits. It’s encouraging once you begin seeing the pounds peel off. Shirts and pants fit better and belt notches loosen.

“Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a ‘diet’ or ‘program’. It’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits [1 cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weight/index.html#:~:targetText=Even%20modest%20weight%20loss%20can,blood%20cholesterol%2C%20and%20blood%20sugars”.

I think how I eat has become a lifestyle. I have learned eating the right food is essential to continued good health and attaining and maintaining your natural weight. I noticed as soon as I lost a few pounds, it seemed my heart wasn’t working as hard. It probably also was that I didn’t eat meat anymore. But, cholesterol doesn’t stop altogether simply because you give up meat.

The bad cholesterol is in other foods like eggs and cheese. Furthermore, after that, I soon learned refined oils can damage the inner lining (endothelial cells) of our veins and arteries, which can lead to future cardiovascular disease. What I am talking about is refined oils like olive oil, corn oil and the others can promote cardiovascular disease.

‘Properly planned vegetarian diets are healthful and effective for weight and glycemic control, and provide metabolic and cardiovascular benefits, including reversing atherosclerosis and decreasing blood lipids and blood pressure. The cardio-metabolic benefits seem to be greater with vegan than lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets [2ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579641/#:~:targetText=Plant%2Dbased%20diets%20are%20associated,elimination%20of%20animal%20product%20consumption].’

I have heard that a heart attack is very expensive in the hospital and extremely painful. I decided I didn’t want anything to do with that and would rather begin eating in a way that would prevent a future heart attack and stroke. Let us all learn how to become ‘Heart attack and stroke proof’ through living a healthy lifestyle. And, what would living a healthy lifestyle look like?

I have experienced benefits to eating plant based whole food. Risk of other diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and obesity may decrease simply by changing ones diet to that which is lower in protein, fat and higher in complex carbohydrates. Fruits and vegetables have protein, fat and carbs in the correct amounts, naturally.

That’s precisely why I include beans, rice, potatoes, berries, steamed broccoli and green leafy vegetables as the main staples in my diet. I feel I owe my current health, past weight loss and its maintenance, and likely future life extension to eating real whole food. You might want to give it a try. I know I’m glad I did and will continue.

Source- 1 URL cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weight/index.html#:~:targetText=Even%20modest%20weight%20loss%20can,blood%20cholesterol%2C%20and%20blood%20sugars.
Website Title Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publication Day 13
Publication Month February
Publication Year 2018
Access Day 01
Access Month december
Access Year 2019
Article Title Losing Weight

2 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579641/#:~:targetText=Plant%2Dbased%20diets%20are%20associated,elimination%20of%20animal%20product%20consumption.
Website Title Nutrients
Publication Day 09
Publication Month August
Publication Year 2017
Access Day 01
Access Month december
Access Year 2019
Article Title Cardio-Metabolic Benefits of Plant-Based Diets

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

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