Vegan Before 6 or VB6 is a new diet plan that I saw featured on The Today Show.
The basic premise is to eat an all plant based diet before six, but after six the dieter can eat all the animals he/she wants.
My first thought about this plan is that it is a bit of a contradiction. Vegan is more of a philosophy than a diet. Vegans do not want to harm animals in anyway, even using them for their fur, milk, or eggs.
Therefore, it’s impossible to be “vegan before 6”. A more accurate title would be “vegetarian before 6” or “plants only before 6”. In reality, this type of idea is called a flexitarian diet.
VB6 in a Nutshell
VB6 was written by Mark Bittman, who after being faced with pre-diabetes decided to try to reverse the condition by following a vegan diet. However, he only followed a vegan diet before 6. After 6 he ate whatever he wanted within moderation.
By eating this way, he lost 35 pounds and improved his blood numbers. Being a food writer by profession, he decided to do more research and develop his personal eating plan into this book.
- No animal products including dairy and eggs.
- No refined grains
- No refined sugars
- No processed foods
- Healthy plant fats only
Dieters can technically eat whatever they want, but are encouraged to eat within moderation, choose lean meat options and still include a lot of veggies.
Bittman believes that a lot of diets fail because they are too restrictive. On the other hand, his Vegan Before 6 plan allows dieters to experience the health benefits of following a plant based diet, but still enjoy the foods they love and get the vitamins often deficient in strictly vegan diets.
28 Day Vegan Before 6 Meal Plan
VB6 includes a 28 day meal plan in order to help dieters transition into this method of eating. The majority of the book is devoted to plant based recipes that teach readers how to cook vegan and prepare all the meals in the meal plan.
I Like the Concept
I do like the concept of VB6 and this is similar to the diet I follow, but I only have meat on the weekends. I don’t consider it a vegan diet, but mostly plant based.
Beyond my problems with the semantics of using the term “vegan” in the title of this diet, this seems like a good way to help people transition into eating more plants and less animals. This has not only positive health outcomes, but helps to ease the environmental impact mass, commercial animal farming has on the environment.
What do you think? Can you be a “part-time” vegan?
Vegan Before 6 is available on Amazon.