Top 3 Reasons People Quit a Vegan Diet
It’s more than just cutting out certain foods… This NB looks at the top 3 reasons why 84% of vegetarians and vegans abandon their diet, PLUS tips to keep on track, take preventative measures and easily keep to your health and diet goals.
First off… 84%?! That’s a massive number. Further, about a third only maintain the diet for three months, or less. Slightly more than half adhere for less than a year.
So what’s the deal?
Unfortunately, despite the many benefits and increasing popularity of a vegan diet, many people struggle to maintain it.
Fact is, going vegan is a significant decision. It is so much more than just ditching certain foods.
For best results, going plant-based requires careful planning and self-education to ensure that you get all the necessary nutrients.
In fact, there are 3 main reasons why people end up quitting a plant-based diet:
1. Lack of Proper Planning and Knowledge
One of the primary reasons people quit a vegan diet is the lack of proper planning and knowledge. You simply MUST ensure you get all the necessary nutrients.
Many people believe that going vegan is all about cutting out animal products and eating more fruits and vegetables, but there’s much, much more to it than that.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, “vegans and vegetarians need to ensure they get enough vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, vitamin D, and zinc” to maintain optimal health.
The study recommends that vegans and vegetarians should “supplement their diets with vitamins and minerals, eat fortified foods, and consider fortified plant-based milks, tofu, and cereals.”
However, we all know that getting these vital nutrients is best from FOOD sources. It’s just better for your body as your body can assimilate an USE them best if they come from organic (not pill or supplemental form) sources.
BUT (and this is the big one)… If you don’t know how to easily get those vitamins and minerals… Or how to make the taste good so it’s easy to stay on track…
Before you know it you are feeling low energy, having trouble sleeping even though you’re tired, having brain fog, or worse. OR you quit because you’re super bored of what you’re eating.
None of these things are necessary when you know the basics, have a plethora of recipes to try and tweak to your tastes, and sufficient support.
2. Social Pressure and Lack of Support
Social pressure and lack of support are also significant reasons why people quit a vegan diet.
Eating out and socializing can be challenging for vegans, especially if their friends and family members do not understand or support their dietary choices.
In a study published in the Journal Appetite, researchers found that “social support from significant others and friends positively influenced the dietary quality of vegans and vegetarians.”
The study recommends that “social support is essential to the successful adoption and maintenance of a vegan or vegetarian diet.”
Which, of course, is why we always invite you to send in your nutrition questions, offer our Q&A calls, and have our private Facebook groups for our members. (more below)
3. Cravings and Taste Preferences
Another significant reason people quit a vegan diet is cravings and taste preferences.
People who are used to consuming animal products may find it challenging to adjust to the taste and texture of plant-based alternatives.
They may also experience cravings for animal products (ex. cheese, yogurt, fast food), which can be challenging to manage, especially if they are not familiar with vegan substitutes.
According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, “taste and texture were the most common reasons for avoiding plant-based foods.”
The study recommends that “food preparation methods, recipe development, and exposure to plant-based foods may help individuals overcome taste and texture barriers.”
Again, the more ideas you have and recipes to follow…
Especially if they are formulated by experts, nutritionists and vegan chefs…
The easier that is!
Tips for Staying Committed to a Vegan Diet
If you’re considering a vegan diet or are struggling to maintain one, here are some tips to help you stay committed:
1. Educate yourself: Do your research and learn about the essential nutrients you need to maintain a healthy vegan diet. Consider consulting a registered dietitian for personalized guidance.
2. Plan your meals: Take time to plan your meals and snacks to ensure that you get all the necessary nutrients. Use online resources or apps to help you find vegan recipes and meal ideas.
3. Join a supportive community: Connect with other vegans and vegetarians through online forums, social media groups, or local meetups. Having a support system can make a significant difference in your commitment to a vegan diet.
4. Be patient and persistent: Remember that transitioning to a vegan diet is a process, and it takes time to adjust. Be patient with yourself and persistent in your efforts to maintain a healthy vegan lifestyle.
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By addressing the top three reasons people quit a vegan diet – lack of proper planning and knowledge, social pressure and lack of support, and cravings and taste preferences – you can increase your chances of staying committed to a healthy vegan lifestyle.
With the right mindset and resources, you can enjoy all the benefits of a vegan diet.
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