I never heard of this until very recently. Something called the WFPB diet. It is of course one of the many weight loss trends alongside the likes of keto, paleo and intermittent fasting but does the WFPB Diet Work?
Well, this is what we will be looking at today to see if this is actually worth anyone’s time.
So, WFPB – This is of course short for the Whole Food Plant-Based Diet. Basically, it is a fully vegan diet where the only food you are supposed to consume is whole foods that are plant-based;
It is a fairly easy concept to understand. The 2 best examples of Whole Food groups are fruit and vegetables but of course, there are also things like Nuts, Pulses, Seeds and Roots. This is pretty much what the WFPB diet is… but
Does the WFPB Diet Work?
Everything You Should Know!
‘The WFPB Diet‘ is basically, what you would eat if you lived in the wilderness without eating meat. So, just pretend there are no shops, no money just whatever plant-based foods that you can forage.
Just use your imagination – grass, leaves, bark, grains, mushrooms and anything that basically come’s from nature.
It is like Veganism but taking it one step further – so no Bread, Pasta, Quorn or any food unless it is completely as nature intended. It’s kind of quite a bland thought really. I personally, love plant-based whole foods but just this and nothing else. It does put me off a bit.
However, I’m sure you can get creative in more ways than one. Just like a regular vegan diet as you begin to learn a bit more about different foods you may actually be very surprised how good some of this food is.
I like to think how one of my beef stews would be if I didn’t use the beef or beef stock. Everything else that I put in would just be vegetables. Carrot, Leek, Onion, Potatoes, Celery, Spinach, and Corriander I used in my last one.
I guess I’d have to get pretty creative with my vegetable stock but yes I suppose you could make it work.
So, just think about that. Taking the leap to Veganism but a step further. As a way to try and get back in better shape.
But Does the WFPB Diet Work?
Funny enough when I first heard of the WFPB diet it was someone in my comments section for one of my other posts. They said about the WFPB diet and that for them, (for their weight loss goals) they said it didn’t work. I didn’t really ask why they thought it didn’t work but this was the inspiration for writing this post.
So, the lady I spoke to started her diet to help with weight loss. This makes a lot of sense to me as you are essentially cutting out all the crap such as refined sugars and chemicals found inside your food by going down this route.
However, here is the problem, and this is a fact. If you don’t follow a vegan diet correctly you could end up with a nutritional deficiency. You need to eat all the right types of Meat-Free food to cover all your bases to make sure you are getting enough of the right kinds of vitamins and minerals.
For instance, a lot of people get their Iron from meat and if you don’t eat the right plants instead it can make you very ill. For this reason yes the WFPB diet can work but research thoroughly beforehand how you can safely substitute your former way of dieting for this new lifestyle.
Also, whilst practising this diet try to be a bit more active with things like exercise, avoiding stress, getting the right kind of sleep, and your posture (this I believe are all causes of why we might struggle to lose weight).
The Idea Behind WFPB
WFPB goes a step further than the Vegan diet. There are certain foods like Baked Beans, Bread and Quorn that aren’t allowed for any participant in this diet. No pre-prepared (shop packaged) meals are allowed. Anything you eat with this diet must be foods that have come straight from the plant nowhere else.
You could, of course, prepare your own meals for sure but this is definitely a big part of it.
It’s actually an interesting idea I think. Like how much of the plastic around food packaging is going into the human body? BPA’s (Bisphenol A), I know were banned in the UK in 2011. This to me says it all really. If industrial chemicals like this can enter the human body from plastic bottles etc. – what other ones are there as well.
I wrote about this before they are collectively known as EDC’s [Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals]. They are not only passed on through plastics, but with all the plastics we use how far does this contamination go?
I would personally go to WFPB just for this reason. So, this is surely the biggest issue along with one other. Food packaging is used for prepared meals and not knowing what is used by the factory worker that prepared these meals is a problem.
I mean you would think it is being a bit paranoid but how many of us with a gluten intolerance ‘fall victim’, even when the food is supposed to be gluten-free? You really don’t know what is truly in anything these days…
but let’s elaborate on this further…
What’s Wrong With A Regular Vegan Diet?
Good question! Obviously not getting the right nutrition is a problem for any type of vegan diet.
Many vegans (or even just vegetarians) will probably think what is the point?
Narrowing down a diet that is already very restricted by what you can and can not eat? I think this is understandable enough. I’d say this is likely because of what I said about plastic contamination above but another thing as well.
You don’t know what the exact process has been to prepare these different food products (again as I have said).
So, the beauty here is you know exactly (most of the time) what you are consuming to very fine detail.
So, no additives, unnatural compounds and pretty much none of the toxic stuff people consume every day without even knowing about it. That is the problem with just a regular vegan diet in my view. You can still get things like microwave meals, frozen food that has lost its nutrition, canned goods, and basically a lot of stuff that isn’t really that healthy.
Why No Meat?
Whilst I was out thinking about the above question. It dawned on me – aside from the obvious ethical reasons for not consuming meat or things like cheese, milk and eggs – why should this diet only be WFPB?
I mean you can still eat meat and avoid things like processed foods and pre-prepared meals. I do myself for the most part. If I’m really hungry I might break the rules a bit but I love fresh fruit and veg etc. and it will always take preference over anything else. It takes a lot longer to prepare and cook but this is very important I think. Regular home-cooked meals.
So, why no meat? I would guess this diet is for somebody that is already leaning towards veganism.
Although, I do question some of the more spiritual aspects of eating meat. Like what was the animal’s own diet like in their past life? If it wasn’t very healthy could this in turn in some unknown way be passed on?
They do say “You are what you eat“. It would explain why it costs more for things like grass-fed and free-range animal products. Except I would even take this a step further. What was the animal’s emotional state like before it died?
If the animal lives a sad, depressing life and has to suffer from a traumatic death before it is sold to be eaten – can that be passed on. Is this something that could have a negative impact on healthy living and how much you weigh?
Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet Meal Plan
Check out this Pin below it links to another article about Whole Food Plant-Based Dieting. Their ideas are a bit different from my own. I am being lazy I know but if you follow this link there are a few recipes to try…
*Please note this link does not appear to be working at the moment will update with an alternative soon!
Proof This Type Of Diet May Actually Work
According to NCBI (the National Center for Biotechnology Information), there is evidence to support that plant-based diets can indeed help with many different health problems.
In a case study of a 63-year-old patient ~ a sufferer of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and various other health problems his physician prescribed (along with various medications) a trial period where he would partake in a plant-based diet.
Basically, WFPB with no bread, rice or refined sugars allowed. His recommended diet included the following;
- Non-starchy vegetables, (no potatoes, corn, butternut squash etc.)
- Beans, pulses,
- Seeds and nuts.
He was also told he could eat as many non-starchy vegetables as he pleased but he had to exercise twice a day for 15 minutes at a time.
The results were very interesting. Over a period of 16 weeks, he has taken off 3 out of 7 of his different medications, his blood pressure and cholesterol were both brought down considerably and his diabetes he was able to manage much better than before. In contrast, the subject was much healthier as a result and the trial was most certainly successful.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t really say much about weight loss as the subject was apparently not overweight. However, one can assume that resolving such underlying factors as above can certainly assist with losing weight as well as all the above.
The WFPB Diet for Weight Loss Continued…
This part is a no brainer for me. Many foods recommended for detox and weight loss are actually whole foods. Leafy greens, garlic, turmeric, ginger, apple cider vinegar (homemade of course), cayenne peppers, beets, broccoli, avocado, blueberries, citrus fruits and pretty much all seeds, nuts and legumes.
You can definitely lose weight with this diet if managed properly but perhaps the biggest question is how do you eat enough WFPB foods without going hungry?
This might be a stupid question for me but I think this is definitely something that should be looked into. Of course, you can still eat potatoes but how else can you manage this type of diet in terms of things like fibre and carbohydrates?
The best way is to follow a guide with different recipes for plant-based meals.
I don’t have a specific product to share today but check out some of these books on eBay for further reading.
Please note some of these below will include affiliate links. The price you pay will not be affected…
- The Asian Whole Food Plant-Based Cookbook: Fast And Easy … by CHUAN, GOH KHENG
- Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet Plan Fresh Start 30 minute Meals – Author Unkown
- Plant-Based Cookbook For Beginners 5 Ingredients Whole Foods – Author Unkown
- The China Study Cookbook: over 120 whole-food, plant-based recipes by LeAnne Cambell PhD
- THE COMPLETE PLANT-BASED COOKBOOK By Charlie Mason
- The Plantpower Way Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance By Rich Roll and Julie Platt
- Thrive Energy Cookbook: 150 Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes by Brendan Brazier
In Conclusion – Does the WFPB Diet Work?
Obviously yes I would say. The main point to take away from the above are that you do need to prepare yourself. Like any kind of vegan/vegetarian diet you need to make sure you get the nutrients your body needs.
Going to see a doctor before you begin a WFPB diet (or any other for that matter) is highly recommended. They actually may be able to take certain tests and even recommend the ideal foods and supplements to support your nutritional needs.
So, yes there is that and of course, a WFPB diet can work if done correctly. The case study I shared above may give you an idea of what you need to do. Avoid starchy vegetables such as potatoes and exercise for 2 periods of 15 minutes a day.
Do this for 16 weeks (4 months) and see how you benefit as a result. Of course, it is different for different people but if this is something you’d like to consider buying one of the recipe books I recommended above and seriously look into different meal ideas that you can really fit your life around.
WFPB isn’t the only diet you can try but if done correctly it is possibly one of the most healthy ones there are. Just be safe and if you wish to try this for yourself best of luck to you. Let me know how you get on
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