Well, if the body you want is a slimmer one, then the answer is ‘probably more easily than you will on many other diets’. While it is possible to be overweight on a vegan diet as there is an array of junk food available still, vegans generally eat more filling fibre and therefore less calories than people on other diets. For example, in a US study participants on a vegan diet lost significantly more weight over two years than those on a National Cholesterol Education Program diet.
If, on the other hand, you’re interested in building your body up, or are a competing athlete, then you should know there are numerous pro sportspeople out there smashing records and winning medals on a vegan diet. People such as sprinter Carl Lewis, who has credited going vegan with helping him to run his best ever race, or vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke and vegan strongman Patrik Baboumian, who dispel the myth that all vegans are pale and weedy!
Obviously a vegan diet needs to be carefully planned whether you are looking to slim down or bulk up. But the good news is it’s all possible if you’re properly informed about nutrition.
Vegan athletes need to ensure they’re getting enough calories, protein and vitamins and a good nutritionist can help you to plan for training while ensuring your plant-based body is well looked after!