What Happens to Your Body After Going Vegan for 2 Months
You’ve probably heard the word ‘vegetarian’ for quite a while – possibly all your life. Essentially, it means someone who doesn’t consume any kind of meat, including seafood and poultry. Recently, the term ‘vegan’ has also become mainstream, and at first glance, it looks like a shortened form of ‘vegetarian’.
In fact, the two terms are different, though both denote a ‘no meat’ policy. However, some vegetarian diets make room for dairy products and eggs; meanwhile, vegan diets take the policy of not consuming meat a step further, and do away all animal products, including milk, cheese, and eggs.
That’s the biggest difference between the two, however – everything else, from diet considerations to potential benefits – remain largely the same. So what happens when you go vegan for two months?
After 2 weeks
One of the first things you’ll notice when going vegan is that your visceral fat levels will drop by at least half a point. Visceral fat is the fat found around your abdomen, protecting your vital organs. This is usually measured on a scale of 1 to 59, with 1 to 12 being healthy; anything after that, and you’ll want to make changes to your eating habits.
Eating a vegan diet helps rid your body of saturated fat, the kind that gets stored as visceral fat. A plant-based diet, however, is high in unsaturated fats, which simply don’t accumulate in the same way. Just 2 weeks in, and you’ve already lowered your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure – half a point may mean the difference, after all.
You’ll also notice feeling lighter and considerably more energetic; the energy you get from healthy carbs like quinoa and unprocessed oats is enough for you to go about your usual activities. Since plant-based foods take less time to digest, you get the energy boost sooner after a plant-based meal than you do after a meat-based one.
After 1 month to six weeks
If you suffer from muscle pain, you’ll be pleased to know that a plant-based diet can help eliminate it. That’s because meat protein in the diet can lead to a build-up of such waste products like uric acid and lactic acid. Both of these in the muscles can lead to slower recovery (after exercise and the like) and overall soreness.
Prior to this diet, you may have been prone to irregular bowel movements, meaning that waste products were being stored in your body, thus adding to your weight and making you feel sluggish. Thanks to all the additional fiber you’re consuming, your gastrointestinal tract will be more efficient, leading to regular bowel movements. This means you don’t feel bloated, and any waste that needs to be eliminated goes right out instead of being stored.
At 2 months
So now we come to the question – What Happens to Your Body After Going Vegan for 2 Months? Well, if you’re overweight, you can expect to drop at least 5kg. Again, because you’re eating whole, natural foods and cutting out animal protein from your diet, your body expends more energy digesting your meals, those unsaturated fats aren’t going to your gut, and your getting rid of solid waste regularly.
Zinc and folate levels are also likely to be above average; zinc is important for skin health, meaning you have a healthier glow about you, and for detoxification, so your insides are cleaner. Folate, on the other hand, helps to break down your food into energy.
Triglycerides – a kind of fat that can point to increased risk of heart disease – on the other hand, will drop, as will your cholesterol; optimally, both of these will be within the normal or healthy range for your age group.
That’s just after 2 months of going vegan, so imagine what would happen if you went vegan for an entire year or, even better, switched to a vegan diet for the rest of your life? True, it may seem daunting to give up meat, dairy, and even honey, but with careful planning, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy food as much as you do now. Only with a vegan diet, you’re enjoying food and enjoying good health.