Best diet for 2019: Vegetarian or vegan? | The Tylt
Best diet for 2019: Vegetarian or vegan?
A new year means new goals, and The Tylt is here to help you on your journey! There are tons of diets out there, and it's hard to know which one is right for you. Follow along on our quest to name the best diet for 2019 and discover each diet's pros, cons, and possibilities. No matter which one you try, any effort to create a more healthy lifestyle is an admirable one. Vote below for the diet you'll be following this year:
A vegetarian diet focuses on plants for food. These include fruits, vegetables, dried beans and peas, grains, seeds and nuts.
There are a number of reasons why someone might choose a vegetarian diet, ranging from environmental motivations to reducing their risk for chronic disease. According to DowntoEarth.org, meat production increases methane, carbon dioxide, and greenhouse gas emission. By becoming a vegetarian, many people believe they are doing their civic duty to lessen their carbon footprint and prevent global warming.
A vegetarian diet reduces the risk for chronic degenerative diseases such as obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancer including colon, breast, prostate, stomach, lung and esophageal cancer.
In a vegetarian's kitchen, you will obviously find an assortment of fruits and vegetables, as well as things like rice, beans, tofu, nuts and eggs to account for the protein most people get from meat.
Be forewarned, eliminating any food group from your diet is no easy task, and it should not be done without proper research and preparation. According to Healthline's Rachael Link, vegetarians must pay close attention to their vitamin intake, as they are prone to iron, B12 and calcium deficiencies. And keep in mind:
Unfortunately, just because a food product is labeled 'vegetarian' or 'vegan' doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthier than the regular alternative.
Check out these helpful and yummy recipes if this is the diet you choose!
Veganism is a more strict version of vegetarianism. According to Healthline:
Veganism is defined as a way of living that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty, whether for food, clothing or any other purpose.
For these reasons, the vegan diet is devoid of all animal products, including meat, eggs and dairy.
The benefits of which include weight loss and improved blood sugar control, making veganism a great diet if you have large weight-loss goals. Vegans also enjoy better heart health and a lower risk for cancer and Alzheimer's.
Making any lifestyle change takes a lot of work and preparation, and becoming a vegan is no exception. You'll find no milk, yogurt, eggs, meat, fish, or even honey in a vegan's pantry (although you might spy some algae next to their favorite nut butter brand).
Vegans have formed a tight-knight community, likely due to a shared sense of idealism about the impact one's diet can have on the environment. Self magazine advises:
Food is all about community and sharing, so do your best to share this lifestyle with people you care about—even if they're not making the change along with you.
And for those wanting to make just as many gains in the gym as on the scale, going vegan won't set you back. Bloggers Alena and Lars of Nutriciously say:
Most people fear a loss of energy or muscle mass when abstaining from animal products – but quite the opposite is true. Meat and dairy are especially hard to digest, taking much of your energy and leaving you tired. Adopting a vegan diet does in no way hinder you from reaching your fitness goals and might likely give you a nice boost of added energy and strength.
Going vegan can introduce you to new habits, new foods, new strength and even new people.