Vegetarian Weight Loss – Eat To Lose Weight

If you go on a vegetarian  weight   loss   diet  you will lose  weight , right?

Well, that’s not always true. It all depends on your choices of foods to lose  weight , which type of foods you pile up on your plate.

Everywhere you look, you find the “experts” telling you that in order to lose  weight  you must have a negative calorie balance.

So, I guess if your body needs 1,800 calories a day to break even, and you eat 1,500 calories of chocolate bars for the day you will lose  weight .

That’s an exaggerated example, but it makes the point that your choice of foods is also important to  weight   loss . Your body processes various foods differently, so you must be careful of what you eat, even as a vegetarian.

On the other hand, if you decide to follow a vegetarian  diet , and you chose to eat mostly raw vegetables, such as you find in salads, and similar dishes, you can eat just about all you want and still lose  weight .

The only caveat is that you need to be careful of nutritional deficiencies, in particular vitamin B-12.

Hence, the often heard advice to consult your health care provider before embarking on a prolonged plant based diet, or any type of diet.


Research indicates that people who live on a vegetarian  diet  normally consume about 500 fewer calories per day than meat eaters.

The best thing is, that as a vegetarian you can actually eat more, and feel fuller than you do when you eat meat with your meals.

We’ve all heard that we have to have enough fiver and bulk in our  diets . As a vegetarian, you get this as an easy side benefit.

Generally, a vegetarian  diet  is very rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s just a healthy way of eating, especially if you enjoy raw vegetables and fruit.

One potential problem for vegetarians is that some cooked vegetarian dishes may actually contain a considerable amount of hidden calories.

These hidden calories are found in cooking ingredients, and may result in excess calories which could cause weight gain.

However, on balance you will probably find yourself eating a very healthy plant based  diet  that will give you the slim body we all desire.

The main things to watch out for are processed foods. Even if they contain only plant based products, they can have an excess of sugar and many chemicals always found hiding in processed foods.

Many vegetarians elect to prepare their food at home from carefully selected items, so they are not subjected to undesirable chemicals.

If you happen to have a problem with high cholesterol, or high blood pressure, your vegetarian  diet  will soon take care of these health problem due to the low fat that is inherent in most plant based dishes.

Common sense suggests, and research has shown that populations that have primarily a plant based  diet  exhibit lower incidence of high blood pressure, or diabetes. Even heart disease is less prevalent among them.

If your main interest in a vegetarian lifestyle is  for   weight  concerns, the prevalence of fresh vegetables and fresh fruit in your meals will result in  loss  of excess weight, without feeling hungry.

Another plus factor is that you will most likely feel better, both physically and mentally. Your digestive system will function more efficiently, and this alone will give you a feeling of well being.

So long as you are moderately careful in your choice of plant based foods, and especially if you eat as much raw vegetables and fruit as you can enjoy, you will find great benefits in your vegetarian lifestyle.

Source by Juan A Rademacher


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