"Vegan vs. Vegetarian: Which One is Right for You?"
Updated: Mar 4
Steve Pilot here, your friendly neighborhood vegan nutritionist and personal trainer.
I know what you're thinking - "Steve, you're a vegan?
What, are you some kind of hippie?" Well, no.
Being vegan is more than just a fashion statement.
It's a lifestyle choice that has some serious benefits for your health, the environment, and the animals we share this planet with.
Now, I know some of you might be wondering - what's the difference between being vegan and being vegetarian?
And which one is better?
Let me break it down for you. Vegetarians don't eat meat, but they may still consume animal products like dairy and eggs.
Vegans, on the other hand, don't eat any animal products whatsoever - no meat, no dairy, no eggs, no honey, nothing. It's like being a superhero, but instead of fighting crime, you're fighting cholesterol.
As a vegan nutritionist and personal trainer, I can tell you that there are plenty of benefits to eating a plant-based diet.
For starters, you'll be doing your heart a huge favor.
Vegans have lower rates of heart disease and high blood pressure than meat-eaters, and they also tend to have lower body mass indexes (BMIs).
Plus, eating a vegan diet is great for your gut health and can reduce your risk of certain types of cancer.
And don't even get me started on the environmental benefits of going vegan - fewer greenhouse gas emissions, less water waste, and less land use.
It's a win-win-win situation!
Now, I know what you're thinking - "But Steve, if I go vegan, where am I going to get my protein?"
First of all, there are plenty of vegan sources of protein, like tofu, tempeh, lentils, and chickpeas.
And as a personal trainer, I can tell you that you don't need as much protein as you might think. The average person only needs about 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day, which is totally doable on a vegan diet.
Plus, eating a plant-based diet can actually improve your athletic performance and help you recover faster from workouts.