10 Changes that Occur in Your Body After Giving Up Meat
Giving up meat can have positive and negative effects, so it's essential that we consider all aspects before deciding to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet
Meat is an excellent source of protein. It contains B vitamins and minerals such as iron and zinc. It’s especially important to eat meat when your body is growing and developing. Completely giving up meat from your daily food intake has consequences on your body.
It’s important to understand that a meat-free diet doesn’t equal a healthy diet, because if you don’t consume any foods that contain animal products, it means that you miss out on essential vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Take a look at these examples of how your body and your lifestyle change when you decide to stop eating meat.
1. Losing a few kilos
People who stop eating meat can lose up to 10 pounds per month because the body will stop absorbing fats from meat.
2. Intestinal bacteria
The intestinal microflora of people who eat meat and those who are vegetarians is very different. It seems that people who eat more plant-based foods have healthier bacteria.
However, rebuilding and improving your intestinal flora isn’t something you can do in a day, so the swelling and gases won’t disappear straight away.
This is because the intestine and pancreas get used to plant-based foods and the number enzymes will reduce.
3. Toxin-free skin
People who stop eating meat say that their skin gets better.
Acne, blackheads and spots will disappear. If you substitute meat completely for vegetables and fruits, you’ll eliminate toxins from your skin.
4. More energy
When you stop eating meat, your cholesterol levels will be reduced.
Your fiber intake from wholemeal products also increases, which is an amazing benefit of this lifestyle and a determining factor which reduces tiredness during the day.
Eating more spinach, kale, beans and other high-nitrate foods can help you feel more energized over time.
5. Your cholesterol levels will reduce up to three times
Vegetarians and vegans have less hypertension than meat eaters.
Researchers claim that this is due to a lower average weight and a higher consumption of fruits and vegetables; so this lifestyles helps a person to lose weight, eliminate toxins and feel light in your body.
Blood cholesterol levels will also significantly reduce. For people who usually suffer from atherosclerosis, a plant diet would be the best option.
6. You’ll activate your positive genes
Your environment definitely has a strong impact on how negative and positive genes function in your body. If you lead an unhealthy lifestyle, you activate the “bad” genes that cause chronic diseases and obesity.
On the other hand, a healthy lifestyle activates good genes.
Giving up meat and eating plant-based foods instead nourishes the positive genes.
7. You’ll reduce your risk of diabetes
People who follow a vegetarian diet have a lower risk of metabolic syndrome.
This is a set of risk factors linked to type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent), strokes and heart disease.
8. BUT REMEMBER: Address your nutritional deficiencies
It’s very important to remember that by not consuming meat, you create nutrient deficiencies which means that you won’t get the all necessary nutrients for the proper functioning of your body.
You’ll have deficiencies in iodine, iron and vitamins D and B12. You’ll be able get the nutrients you need if you consume a significant amount of legumes such as beans and lentils.
For a balanced diet you should also consume nuts, fruits, dark green vegetables, whole foods and cereals.
9. Lack of taste
Your taste buds respond to zinc consumption which is prevalent in oysters and red meat. So, when you stop eating meat, you’ll have to look for new sources of food to absorb this mineral.
- Consume white beans, nuts, whole grains and dairy foods.
10. Give your muscles time
Animal and vegetable proteins are essential for gaining muscles and helping them recover after exercising, so it’s recommended that vegetarian and vegan athletes consume lots of protein right after exercising.
Now you know what will happen to your body if you decide to stop eating meat, including the benefits as well as the nutrient deficits it can cause.