Veg diet to lose weight

Should You Go Vegetarian to Lose Weight?

Rumor has it that Adele has slimmed down by following a strict vegetarian diet. Whether that’s truth or fiction many people have been asking me, “is going veggie a good way to lose weight?” The answer is a resounding yes—but only if you do it right.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 65 percent of American adults age 20 and up are overweight or obese, but the prevalence of obesity among vegetarians and vegans is below 10 percent. On average, the body weights of both male and female vegetarians are three percent to 20 percent lower than omnivores. Research has also found that switching to a healthy vegan diet leads to weight loss, even without changes to exercise or limits on portion size, calories, or carbohydrates. And, studies have found an increase in calorie burn after vegan meals, meaning plant-based foods may be used more efficiently as fuel for the body, as opposed to being stored as fat—pretty powerful support for a plant-based diet. But in my years of private practice I’ve also seen people gain weight by going vegetarian, when they don’t get the right balance. Here are some veggie dos and don’t’s:

DO aim for quality
In order to help you slim down and optimize your health, vegetarian or vegan meals should contain plenty of vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and healthy plant-based fats like avocado. I’ve met tons of “junk food vegetarians and vegans” who don’t eat the minimum recommended servings of produce and live on highly processed foods like faux pepperoni pizza, veggie hot dogs, vegan cookies, candy, and ice cream. It’s not just about getting the animal-based ingredients out; it’s also about eating whole, nutrient-rich foods.

DON’T overdose on cheese
Ounce for ounce, cheddar packs four times the calories and nine times the fat of skinless chicken breast, which is why I’ve seen new vegetarians gain weight when they trade turkey sandwiches for grilled cheese sandwiches, or rely on pizza and mac and cheese as staples. If you decide to keep dairy in your diet, limit yourself to one cheesy meal per day with a max of one ounce of real, natural, or organic cheese. And stick with 0 percent organic milk or yogurt and plant-based proteins like beans and organic tofu at other meals.


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Lose large amount of weight on veg. diet?

2006-07-02 10:29:21 by hippiemama2

I am new to veg. I have been the past ,but only ate white flour and other processed stuff and felt horrible. I am ready to start a veg. and chemical free diet. I am 40 year old mom of two small children under the age of 2. I am training for 60 mile walk for cancer in Nov. I have about 70 pounds to lose. Can use some advise and support. Have read all the veg. dietbook ( Ornish, Furhmann, Mc Dougall). Help!

How to lose weight

2007-03-10 11:25:08 by rowgb

Hi, diets don't work, people on them just end up losing weight and then putting it all plus a bit more back on.
The simple equations are true for eveybody:
Calories in > calories used = weight increase
Calories in < calories used = weight lost
C in = C used = weight constant.
The best way to lose weight and keep it of is to change your life style. First eat a well balanced diet ie more fruit and veg and try and cook for yourself staying away from ready cooked meals, if you love chocolate etc use it as a reward for eating well. Cutting all of your favorite stuff out won't be sustainable, so intergrate it to your new diet

Ok, then, you probably don't need to lose weight

2007-10-12 21:25:33 by flustered_mondays

Just keep up the good work?! That's a lot of working out daily over some comments your ex said. You should find someone to love you for being you ^_^ not just because of what you weigh/don't weigh.
Running does melt off the fat, but if your body is clinging, you need to up the protein intake. Being vegan, I understand the somewhat difficulty, but you'll want to consume a pretty high amt. of protein daily to cover the exertion so your body can build muscle to replace that fat. !!!!
1.0 for moderate activity, but your activity looks to be more like serious activity, so this is going to be a big number

Re: vegetarian needs some diet help

2009-02-19 11:51:46 by AntiCathy

First off... Congrats on losing the 20 pounds and taking the initiative to get healthy!
You should really cut out dairy if you want to lose weight and be healthy. I've been vegetarian for about 17 years and went vegan about 3.5 years ago and I'll never look back.
Protein might not be the issue, it could be a number of things. I would start really looking into what you eat. I know you have gotten a reply with the suggestion of peanut butter.... I would stay away from peanut butter... even the low fat is very high in fat and if you're trying to lose weight

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