Can Going Vegetarian Help You Lose Weight?

Can Going Vegetarian Help You Lose Weight?

At one point in time, most of us are looking for the best diet options to fit our needs and lifestyle; And you have probably come across a vegetarian diet plan while on your quest. After all, pop star Adele claims to have used a vegetarian diet to lose 50 pounds! With the word spreading everyone is ready to find out if it really works.

So, this an option you want to explore and I’m here to break down the good, the bad, and the truth about all things vegetarian and dieting.

So, can going vegetarian Help you lose weight? 

Yes, you can! But you need to know exactly how to do it right.

There are many different types of vegetarians out there. Let’s break them down so you know which is what.

  • Semi-vegetarian: You will find two types of vegetarians under this label. The pollo Vegetarian and the pesco pollo – The pollo vegetarians avoid fish and red meat but will eat chicken while a pesco pollo vegetarian eats fish along with chicken, but stays away from red meat.
  • Lacto ovo vegetarian: A Lacto-Ovo vegetarian eliminates fish, meat, and poultry, including eggs and any food that is made with eggs, but does eat dairy products; For example, yogurt, cheese, and milk.
  • Vegan: A vegan is a veterinarian who does not digest any animal products. This includes meat, fish, dairy products, poultry, and eggs. They also avoid using products such as leather, silk wool and other items made by animal derivatives.

To do a vegetarian weight loss right, you need to know exactly what you should not be eating, what you should and how much of what you should.

Some nutrient-rich foods you should put into your vegetarian diet are:

  • Fruits
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Healthy plant-based fats (i.e.: avocados)
  • Whole grains
  • lentils

vegetarian dietSome mistakes vegetarians make is living off of many processed foods such as veggie hot dogs, vegan cookies and more of those similar things. Doing this, especially when trying to lose weight is going to defeat its purpose. First off, you are not going to meet the recommended servings of produce and all these things are not good for you, just as if you were to eat non-vegetarian junk foods.

DO NOT drink your produce. When you decide to juice your veggies and fruits you are going to digest more calories than you realize. While the drink is a good taste bud alternative if you are not a big raw veggies fan, juicing your produce is going to leave you less than full, further leading you to eat more which is going to make you take in more calories.

Watch your cheese intake. Cheese has high levels of saturated fat. Now, there’s good fats to eat and bad fats. Saturated fat is not a good fat to be eating an excess of, so it’s really important to watch how much cheese, especially when you are not eating low-fat cheese.

Just one slice of American cheese has 100 calories; And even more worrisome is the 5 grams of saturated fat of the 8 grams’ cheese contains.

Again, watch the junk food intake such as macaroni and cheese and pizza.

Keeping dairy in your diet is completely up to you if you are a cheese lover, and wish to keep it in your diet. Limit your serving to 1 ounce of natural or organic cheese.

You still need protein if you decide to do a vegetarian diet. Here’s why:

  • Helps you get full faster
  • Preserves muscles
  • Speeds up your metabolism

There is protein you can eat that does not contain meat, such as Lentils, tofu, and Quinoa.

Interesting facts

  • Consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an astounding 65% of American adult over twenty are obese or overweight.
  • Vegetarians fall below ten percent of that number, showing the benefits of sticking to a strict vegetarian diet. Both male and female vegetarians on average, weigh 3% to 20% lower than non-vegetarians.
  • Research shows that swapping to good vegan diet results in weight loss, without substituting changes to exercise or meal portion sizes.

Taking on a vegetarian diet for weight loss can be successful if you do things the right way. If you plan on making any changes to your diet, it’s suggested you contact your doctor to discuss your options and needs.