Is Veganuary a smart-alecky route to lose weight?

Is Veganuary a smart way to lose weight?

Is Veganuary A Smart-alecky Route To Lose Weight?

Is Veganuary A Smart-alecky Route To Lose Weight? Image copyright Laura Banks/ Sumaya Tarabi

Search for #Veganuary on Instagram and you’ll find meatless burgers, dairy-free croissants and porridge topped with just about every plant-based food you can think of.

You’ll also find people posing in gym wear, adverts for “diet” protein powders and posts about weight loss.

People do Veganuary for a wide range of ethical and health reasons. For some it’s weight loss – especially if they’re inspired by celebrities like Beyonce, whose pre-Coachella diet was described by nutritionists as potentially dangerous.

But is it a viable or healthy style to shed pounds in January, or in the long-run?

For Laura Banks, 23, losing weight was one of the main drives behind doing Veganuary, and she has been documenting her progress on Instagram.

“I do feel a lot more healthy, ” she says, three weeks in. “But I’ve had a similar weight loss to when I was an omnivore.”

Is Veganuary A Smart-alecky Route To Lose Weight? Image copyright Laura Banks Image caption Laura Banks says she had a similar weight loss to when she was an omnivore

She says she feels adequately informed about maintaining a balanced diet because she studies nutrition at university, and emphasizes the importance of planning dinners ahead.

One challenge she’s found to weight loss, however, is the availability of vegan fast-food – especially since she doesn’t have enough room in her student accommodation to store the fresh make she’d like to buy.

Sam Calvert, spokeswoman for the Vegan Society, stresses that being vegan doesn’t necessarily mean being slim, and that whether or not you lose weight by running plant-based will depend on what you eat.

“You can eat nothing but vegan chocolate and chips and be vegan, but you won’t lose weight and it won’t be good for you, ” she says.

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Is Veganuary A Smart-alecky Route To Lose Weight?
Is Veganuary A Smart-alecky Route To Lose Weight?
Is Veganuary A Smart-alecky Route To Lose Weight?
Is Veganuary A Smart-alecky Route To Lose Weight?
Is Veganuary A Smart-alecky Route To Lose Weight?

Is Veganuary A Smart-alecky Route To Lose Weight?

Is Veganuary A Smart-alecky Route To Lose Weight?

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