Can Vegans Follow the Keto Diet Too?

Can Vegans Follow the Keto Diet Too?

These days, more and more people are going vegan to lose weight. Of course, there are also a good number of vegans out there who have chosen this lifestyle because of their ethics and beliefs. However, this isn’t the only trendy diet these days—there are many more. Because of this, vegans who have chosen the lifestyle for its health benefits are starting to look for ways to improve their diets further.

This is how the keto-vegan diet began. It’s a variation of the ketogenic diet which is starting to draw a lot of attention from health enthusiasts all over the world. As previously mentioned, the main goal of the ketogenic diet is to force the body to shift its primary fuel source. Following the ketogenic diet causes the body to start burning fat instead of glucose.

Since the keto diet became popular, more and more people—specifically vegans—are wondering if it’s okay for them to follow the keto diet too. The simple answer to this is—yes, vegans can follow the ketogenic diet too. Combining their current vegan lifestyle with the keto diet can enhance the health benefits they are already experiencing, especially in terms of weight loss.

For some vegans, they wonder why they aren’t losing weight even though they had been following veganism for a significant amount of time. The main reason for this is that, although this diet focuses on eating mainly veggies and fruits, it tends to be more fat-deficient and carb-heavy compared to other diets.

Unfortunately, consuming a lot of carbs can lead to weight gain or it might not help you lose weight as quickly as you had hoped. Therefore, if you want to lose weight on the vegan diet, you should be smart in terms of choosing the right types of fruits and vegetables to eat. Or you can also combine veganism with the keto diet to help you reach your weight-loss goals a lot faster.

While it’s okay for vegans to follow the ketogenic diet too, it’s best to learn everything that you can before starting this beneficial combination. Think about it—did you simply choose to become a vegan then start following the diet the very next day? Probably not. You would have first learned more about the vegan diet, how it works, what it entails, and how to follow it correctly.

After learning all this, that’s the time when you would have started the diet. The same thing applies to the keto-vegan diet. Learn all you can about it first, make a plan, and start following it. Fortunately, you have this book to guide you. Now that you have learned more about the ketogenic diet and the vegan diet, it’s time to learn more about how these diets work in tandem with one another.

When you first try to think of both diets, you might not see how they would work together. After all, the keto diet focuses more on high-fat food items like bacon, eggs, cheese, and the like. But on the vegan diet, you focus on plant-based foods. So, how does the combination work? Let’s find out… 

Keto-Vegan A Winning Combination

The keto-vegan diet isn’t just possible—it already exists and it’s being followed by more and more people all over the world. This means that as a vegan, you can start following the keto diet. Or as a follower of the ketogenic diet, you can combine this with the vegan diet as well. Even if you follow neither of these diets, you also have the option to start following both diets simultaneously.

But while this is possible, the keto-vegan diet does come with some very unique challenges. One of the main challenges people face when it comes to this diet is how restrictive it can be. The keto diet restricts sugar in all forms along with foods that contain high amounts of carbs while the vegan diet restricts all meat and animal products.

This means that you would have to survive on a very specific list of food items that would suit both diets. While this might seem like an issue to a lot of people, it doesn’t have to be. Why? Because despite all of the types of food you must eliminate from your diet, there is still a wide range of food items you can choose from.

Instead of thinking of the keto-vegan diet as a restrictive diet, you can think of it as a low-carb, plant-based diet that will help you achieve your health and weight-loss goals. Whether you have chosen to go vegan because of ethical or health reasons, when you consider the way animals are raised in the food industry these days, you would realize that there are very good reasons to start shifting your focus to plant-based fats.

Following a plant-based diet allows you to consume more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals each day which, in turn, provides anti-inflammatory effects for your body.

Following a plant-based diet allows you to consume more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals each day which, in turn, provides anti-inflammatory effects for your body. Also, eating less animal-based protein can help slow cancer growth. We have already gone through the different benefits of the ketogenic diet and the vegan diet separately. But you may have noticed that both diets share similar benefits.

Therefore, it only makes sense that when you combine these diets, you enhance the benefits they provide. The most important goal of veganism is to eliminate animals and animal byproducts from your diet—then replace these with plant-based sources. But to lose weight and enjoy all the other benefits of this diet, you should be able to choose the proper types of food to eat.

Consider this—if you go vegan but all you eat are processed vegan foods, vegan fast food, vegan desserts, and vegan junk food, it’s highly unlikely that you will experience all the benefits of this diet. This is where keto comes in. Incorporating the ketogenic diet into your existing vegan diet means that you would eliminate the unhealthy foods from your diet— specifically sugars and simple carbs.

Doing this will have a huge effect on your health and your waistline. Eliminating these food items will force your body to enter ketosis thus becoming an efficient fat-burning machine. The keto-vegan diet is considered a winning combination because it goes either way.

If you start with keto, you might be in danger of eating excessive amounts of fats—bad fats—if you focus on processed meats, trans fats, and other unhealthy options. But combine this with the vegan diet and you will be able to enjoy the benefits of both diets together. 


The Defined Dish: Whole30 Endorsed, Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Recipes | Alex Snodgrass, Melissa Hartwig Urban
The Defined Dish: Whole30 Endorsed, Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Recipes
Alex Snodgrass, Melissa Hartwig Urban
ISBN-10: 0358004411
ISBN-13: 978-0358004417

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