Vegan Myths: Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Jim Loomis Q&A
Diet myths. Will vegetarianism help you lose weight?
Once again, we are ready to destroy yet another myth about nutrition, which continues to spread rapidly from day to day. Last time we argued that the calorie content of a portion is much more important than its size.
Now let's turn to the myth, or rather, to the whole group of stereotypes associated with a certain principle of nutrition.
Myth # 5 - vegetarianism
Everyone suddenly became interested in a healthy lifestyle. On this wave, the trade industry, together with advertisers, was not long in coming. In all sorts of articles, a bunch of myths appeared, unreasonable and in no way supported by facts. So, let's take a closer look. Vegetarianism is not a diet, but an ideology that came to us from distant India. It is associated with Indian religious movements and is built on the principle of ahimsa - behavior that leads to the reduction of evil in the world. According to this principle, any destruction spoils your karma and destiny in the next rebirths. This applies not only to a killed animal, but also, for example, an eaten bunch of parsley or a nailed mosquito. Therefore, even plant foods have to be processed through rituals in order to eat anything.
Therefore, if you are not immersed in Hinduism, then the instant rejection of meat is most likely just a marketing influence. Vegetarianism is not only about giving up meat products. The belief that the human body does not digest meat poorly has not been scientifically confirmed. At the very least, our entire digestive system, starting with the mouth, is prepared for eating vegetables, fruits and meat. The idea of giving up meat in vegetarianism is on a completely different plane. Adhering to the idea of non-violence, you will have to give up not only meat, but, for example, 90% of cheeses and so on. Everything here is much more serious than it seems at first glance.
Remember that vitamin B12 is essential for the human body. Its absence greatly disrupts the balance of the BJU and muscle building. To normalize limited nutrition, you will have to use a bunch of all sorts of additives: vitamins, food enriched with biologically active substances, and others.
Vegetarianism should be an extremely conscious step. You need to strive for harmony with your body and head, not advertising ideologies.
In general, for a short period, switching to vegetarianism can be useful as a training of willpower. However, this must be approached carefully, without going vegan and with strict adherence to the BJU.
All facts are borrowed from the book Proper nutrition for the training process from the author of the popular Internet project Crazy drying of Vasily Smolny.