Eating Only Vegetables – (Is It Worth Trying Out?)

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you eat only vegetables for a couple of weeks? To answer that question we asked for the help of Chris Williams who has over 5 years of experience in individual sports diets to cover that topic for you.

Eating more vegetables is a great idea, but eating only vegetables can lead to a significant loss of muscle mass and strength. Without grains, it would be hard to accomplish getting enough proteins for your body. 

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What are the disadvantages of eating only vegetables?

  • Your energy level will likely drop – Average woman can expect to burn between 1800 to 2300 calories per day. If you’re a man that number is more like 2400 to 2800 calories per day. Vegetables are low on calories, so you would be likely to drop your fat mass also. If you can think of 24 red apples then that’s the amount to satisfy 2200 calories. Avacado is the one with a huge amount of calories, for 100g is 160 kcal.
  • You will lose body mass – Eating only vegetables can be hard to get enough calories, you can make yourself feel full very quickly but that won’t be enough calories for your body. Vegetables offer a lower satiating source of energy, thanks to their high fiber and water contents. With a low level of proteins, you can expect to lose some muscle mass.
  • Mineral and Vitamin deficiency – With a vegetable diet, you’ll miss out on the broad range of vitamins and minerals present in any normal diet. In particular, you may lack vitamin B-12 and vitamin D. You also run the risk of an iron deficiency. A diet deficient in iron or B-12 can cause anemia, a disease in which your blood doesn’t fulfill your body with enough oxygen.
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What are the advantages of eating only vegetables?

  • The feeling of fullness in your stomach – The time you spend daily eating can decrease, after one meal you will have enough of eating for a couple of hours, due to the large amount of water inside every vegetable.
  • You will lose body fat  If you have the feeling of fullness in your stomach then you won’t eat as much as you did previously, with a low level of calories your body will start to look for other sources of energy, like that stored inside your body as fat to fill in the gaps. 
  • Your blood cholesterol levels will decrease  Studies from PubMed show that when people try to eat only vegetables, their blood cholesterol levels drop by 35 percent. “Due to high level of fiber, it can drastically help with reducing cholesterol levels,” Chris Williams says. In many cases, the decrease is almost equal to that seen with drug treatment, which can be great for people looking to lower their cholesterol and who don’t want to use any medicine for it.

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What to do instead?

Most dietitians would agree that well-balanced meals are important no matter what your goal is. Your body needs complete nutrition whether you want to lose weight or gain muscle mass. Remember that it’s possible to decrease your body fat without losing weight.

If you still want to detox and cleanse your body with a vegetable-only diet, go for this for 4 days at the most. In the long run, to lose weight you have to work hard and train hard, but if your goal is to just detox your body you can do it way faster than eating only vegetables… you can try water fasting, which is the fastest way to get to the state of ketosis when your organism focuses on burning body fat.

As Chris Williams said: “They are many diets for everyone to try, think about what you like to eat, then look for it on the internet – I’m sure there is a diet suited for you. Remember that what you will eat is one thing but diets have their own goals, like increasing muscle mass or lowering your body fat.” If you struggle to find anything we’ve recently found an article with examples of many diets to help you pick the right one, from Healthline.

In summary, eating only vegetables is safe for me?

If you do this for a short time only like a week it should be safe. You should consult every decision with your doctor because everyone has a different health condition. It’s a great way to decrease your cholesterol levels, and lose that belly so you can give it a shot! We’ve also created an article about eating only fruits for comparison to this one.

Stacy Reed
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