A plant-based diet has become the go-to weight loss diet for many people, however, not everyone is seeing the results

Plant-based diets have many health benefits, but if done wrong they could be unhealthy and even lead to weight gain.

While making sure you meet all your nutritional needs, including protein on your plant-based diet, it is important to consider your calorie intake, the nutritional value of your food choices, and if you really need to have that juice instead of a glass of water.

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You are eating too much

No matter what diet plan you are on, losing weight is a numbers game. If you are eating more calories than your body needs, you could even gain weight on a plant-based diet.

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Keeping track of what you eat in a food journal or a nutrient and calorie tracking app is a good way to make sure that you are meeting all your nutritional needs and maintaining a calorie deficit to lose weight on a plant diet.

Eating the wrong plant-based foods

Plant-based foods aren’t always healthy. Consider the ingredients used and the food preparation. Foods like fried chips, for example, can be 100% vegan while still loaded with trans fats and empty calories that do not contribute to your nutritional needs and chalk up major calories.

Combine clean eating with a plant-based diet for the best results and better health while you lose weight.

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You are drinking your calories

One of the biggest mistakes people make when calculating their calorie intake is leaving out the calories they drink.
Many health drinks like kombucha and coconut water are packed with calories. While they have some health benefits it is important to make calculated decisions and consider how they fit into your meal plan.