I was researching Vegetarian diets after my PT certification recommended them for healthy weight loss. I knew exactly what vegetarian was, but most people I know that have done these diets stick to them for about 5 days to 2 weeks and then their eating meat like a fiend. Why is that? – Well I stumbled upon this 6 reasons why vegans doctors are wrong about animal protein and the author, John Kiefer, listed very good reasons as to why people can’t stick to these diets for any long period of time.
Here is a summary of what it states:
- Vegetarian diets cause a deficiency in vitamin B12, which apparently is the equivalent of running a cheese grater through your arteries and greatly increasing stroke risk. Vitamins B12 is found in animal products, which is why these diets get deficient in this vitamin.
- Vegetarians suffer from amino acid deficiencies. This is because animal proteins are COMPLETE where as proteins from vegetables and grains are incomplete (lack all the essential amino acids)
- Fat inflammation. Meaning way too much omega 6 in relation to omega 3. Not good and this is due to too much vegetable oil and not enough mono – and saturated fats (which are found in meat)
- Deficient in many of the essential vitamins and minerals. Including zinc, calcium and iodine, which are essential for a healthy metabolism. Say goodbye to your metabolism and thyroid on this diet, because its going down the drain.
- Higher risk of kidney disease, Alzheimer’s and don’t even protect against cancer
- Note- This doesn’t mean you can lose weight on these diets as many people do, but why would you want to when these are the drawbacks.
How to fix these problems? – Eat Protein. Protein is an essential macronutrient and you can see what happens when you don’t get enough – disease and vitamin/mineral deficiencies. The author states that just a few additions of animal protein would fix all of these problems.
Now I know why people can only stick to these diets for a very short period of time, then binge on meat. Because they are LACKING a lot of essential nutrients that they should be getting from meat.You probably could get a vegetarian diet to work for you if you added in protein on a daily basis. For example, protein powder would give you high quality protein without eating meat, but I still wouldn’t recommend it. Usually when I picture a vegetarian a skinny, frail women who weighs 100lbs pops in my head and thats probably because she is starving to death by missing out on protein. Also, when you starve your body of essential vitamins you GREATLY accelerate aging. I’ve seen pictures or “organic, vegetarians” at the age of 50 and they look like their about 80 years old.
Bottom Line: Vegetarian diets aren’t as great or healthy as you may have been led to believe and they can cause great problems if you don’t eat enough protein. Meat and protein have essential vitamins and nutrients that are essential for the human body, so you would be best not to avoid it. Vegetarian is just another extreme diet that needs to go away and stop harming people’s health. Eat your protein!