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Losing Weight on a Vegetarian Diet

October 21, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Skin Care

It does not take much thought to understand that a rich in produce, grains, and healthy fats would promote weight loss.  The elimination of animal based foods, the primary source of fats and cholesterol in the modern diet, is a natural way to drop unwanted pounds. 

Of course, it is also possible to eat in a vegetarian fashion that is high in fat and calories if you don’t plan your meals well.  Planning out what you are going to eat over the week is just as important when you are trying to lose weight as a vegetarian as when you are an omnivore; possibly more so.

Vegetarian Nutrition

Going vegetarian does not give you license to eat whatever non-meat products you want all the time.  Foods such as nuts and cheese, eggs and avocados have healthy benefits, obviously, but only when eaten in moderation.  You want to include them in your diet, even if your goal is weight loss, but being aware of portion size is most critical in foods that pack a large caloric punch.  After all, potato chips are vegetarian, but I don’t know anyone who would argue they are a good way to cut calories.

An Easy Vegetarian Approach

One of the biggest problems many people have when they go vegetarian is that they eat a limited selection of vegetables.  If you only eat a dozen or so types of produce, the road to boredom will be short.  If, on the other hand, you use your new lifestyle to explore the many foods available, you will be endlessly fascinated.

For example, many people now eat a variety of lettuces – romaine, red leaf, butter, and bibb – but few try to mix their salads up with other greens.  Arugula adds a spicy note, as does watercress; a few leaves of basil add zest and some dandelion greens add calcium.  This is your opportunity to try all those strange looking veggies you have spotted at the market.  Even if you don’t like them all, you are bound to find some you enjoy.

Grain the Upper Hand

For many vegetarians, whole grains play a significant role in building complete proteins.  After all, combining beans with certain grains completes the amino acid pool from which proteins are built.  Grain does not have to mean wheat. 

Try teff, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, and spelt.  Each has a different texture, taste, and use.  Whole grains are also full of fiber, and fiber fills you up so you feel full and satisfied for longer periods of time, decreasing your desire to overeat.

Making it Simple

Perhaps the best way to start a vegetarian weight loss program, especially if you are not familiar with the intricacies of nutrition, is to find a good vegetarian meal plan.  There are many such resources, several are found online, and they can help you redesign the way you eat without making the most common mistakes people make when they change to a plant based eating method.

With a meal plan you will know what to eat, how to prepare it, and will learn all you need to know about vegetarianism.  That way, the next time you head to the farmers market and see something new, you won’t be afraid to give it a try.

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