There always seems to be a misconception that becoming vegetarian will automatically make you success at weight loss. Vegetarians tend to rely a lot on foods such as cheese, nuts, peanut butter, oils, salad dressings and sweets, all of these are high in both fat and sugar and will certainly not help you in effective weight loss.
If you’re thinking of becoming a vegetarian, you must first want to know that there are different types. “Vegan” people do not eat any animal products at all, they mainly rely on fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, seeds and nuts. Then there’s the “Lacto-vegetarians” who do eat some diary products and the “Lacto-ovo vegetarians” who also eat eggs. Most people start off as a Lacto-ovo vegetarian and then as time goes by they move on to being completely Vegan, it’s a smart process if you’ve been eating meat for many years.
Did you know that 6% of the vegetarian population is obese compared to 45% of the meat-eating population?
Although it seems like a smart choice, becoming vegetarian is not as easy as most people think, you must make sure you eat well in order to replace all the proteins and vitamins that you are missing from some foods. You see, a vegetarian will consume 500 calories a day less than a normal meat-eating person.
Vegetarians tend to also be healthier people who do not suffer as much as others when it comes to illnesses such as diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure. There is also evidence that indicates that a vegetarian diet causes calories to burn way after you’ve eaten a meal, this means that the food you are eating as a vegetarian is used as fuel for your body instead of being stored as fat.
Now don’t become a vegetarian just to try to lose weight as you’ll probably be disappointed, not to mention that you need to do it for all the right reasons.
If you have made the choice and would like to focus on weight loss, make sure you take these 10 tips into consideration:
1. Drink plenty of water and exercise at least 30 minutes a day! Yup, even if you’re a vegetarian you need to do this too!
2. Motivation is hard, keep a journal if you must, this will help you stay on track and stay motivated.
3. Becoming a vegetarian can lead to eating and snacking on junk food all day long, don’t do this, recreational eating can cause your metabolism to slow down.
4. Do your best to cut down on fatty foods such as creamy salad dressings, mayonnaise and butters.
5. If you want to eat dairy products too, make sure they’re always low fat and fortified with calcium and vitamins.
6. Weight loss with vegetarianism is also about proper portions, you should always have about 5 to 8 servings of grains a day, 3 to 5 vegetables, 2 to 4 fruits, 2 to 3 diary and 5 to 7 beans, nuts, eggs, etc. Consult the vegetarian food pyramid if you have doubts.
7. Try to never fry your food, you must always roast, steam or broil your foods.
8. Always make sure that you eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, don’t just stick to vegetables and salads.
9. Make sure you eat nutrient-dense foods that are fortified with calcium and vitamins every day.
10. Take daily multi-vitamins
Becoming a vegetarian is not only about working on your weight, you also need to focus on improving your overall health which is one of the great advantages of becoming a vegetarian. If at any point you feel sick or feel that something is just not right, make sure you visit a doctor right away.
Author: Ann Brampton