Vegetarian weight loss

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We all know that Obesity is a growing problem. Two thirds of Americans and the UK population are overweight. More and more people are searching for a natural weight loss options and a vegetarian weight loss program will fit that bill.

The commercial market is flooded with diet supplements and weight loss programs. My belief is that natural options are the safest way to shed pounds. Dieticians and nutritionists also recommend natural weight loss diets to people who are health conscious. The reason for this is that  natural options do not advocate  using chemicals or supplements to try and speed up metabolism or reduce your appetite. They rely on natural products, such as fiber, to do the same things.

People who eat a diet of raw fruits and vegetables to achieve weight loss are less prone to heart disease, strokes and cancer. Vegetarian weight loss programs canalso be structured using a point system so that vegetables are a “0”, fruits are between 1-3 points and nuts and seeds have higher ranking because they are higher in calories and fats.

If you desire  a lean healthy body then you  must include a regular intake of water, the correct foods and regular exercise. Just Like  any other program large helpings of high-fat protein  such as peanut butter, nuts and cheese can cause vegetarians to actually gain weight.

Instead of using peanut butter or nuts as your hunger snacks, use whole grain snacks, fruit and also vegetables during the day. Using a vegetarian weight loss program or any program for that matter does not ensure automatic weight loss and a good idea is to  Keep a written record of everything you eat during the day. This will highlight your eating habits and triggers that send you to the fridge!

Keeping a watch on everything that isn’t raw fruit and vegetables is key.

 

Make sure you plan your meal choices during the day as last minute choices are usually higher in calories. The chips, cookies, power bars and candy, although they do not contain meat, they are higher in calories, sugar and fats. Use a daily multi-vitamin to fill in the gaps.

There are also convenience foods that are sold in grocery stores that will fit in with a vegetarian weight loss program. Check out your health food store and watch the calories, sugars, fats and oils in the products. At all costs do not resort to junk foods. When you are stuck then  apples and bananas are convenient foods which are filling and full of good nutrition.

A good idea is to put together pre-made bags of your own unique trail mix. You can Include almonds, raisins, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds for a  yummy healthy nutritious snack. Try your best  to eat only raw and organic nuts and seeds for the best flavor and fuel.

Personally I love this kind of diet and so have no problems being persuaded!

 

Preparation of your vegetarian weight loss program can really be just as important as the foods you eat. …..Remember that.

Many Grocers now sell vegetarian burgers that can easily be microwaved as opposed to being fried. Frying foods is as dangerous as eating meats because of the increase in animal fats and the processing that vegetable oils and lard go through to make them palatable. You can of course use olive oil if you really want to fry.

In my experience I never fry food I try to eat as much raw foods as possible as this helps the digestive system.

Vegetarian weight loss is a very healthy and natural weight loss option to add to your weight loss arsenal. If you done this right you’ll see some fast weight loss initially and you will also feel better and have more energy.

 
RESOURCES
MayoClinic: Vegetarian Diet
http://www.mayoclinic.org/vegetarian-diet/expert-answers/faq-20058298
Weight Loss Resources: Suggested Vegetarian Weight Loss Meal Plan
http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk/diet/vegetarian/weight-loss-meal-plan.htm
Women’s Health Magazine: Will Going Vegetarian Really Help Me Lose Weight
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/vegetarian-weight-loss
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: A Guide to Healthy Weight Loss
http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/a-guide-to-healthy-weight-loss

Holistic Holiday: Becoming a Vegetarian to Lose Weight
http://www.atasteofhealth.org/becoming-a-vegetarian-to-lose-weight.htm

Prevention: Why Vegetarians Are Thinner Than You
http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/vegetarian-diet-linked-sustained-weight-loss

FitDay: Do Vegetarian Diets Promote Weight Loss
http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/do-vegetarian-diets-promote-weight-loss.html#b

Becoming a Vegetarian

Becoming a vegetarian is easier than you might think.

Vegetarian eating is different but not difficult; it takes commitment, but it isn’t rocket science.

First you have to distinguish what type of vegetarian you are most interested in becoming and, more importantly, why?

People become vegetarians for many reasons. You may convert to vegetarianism because of religion, animal rights, and health and wellness reasons. You must define your reason first so that you know where to turn for motivation and support when you are faced with adversity.

Becoming a vegetarian means not eating meat, which includes beef, poultry, fish or even the by-products of meat like dairy or eggs. Whole foodists do all of that PLUS eat only raw foods like fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts.

Most people make the decision to become a vegetarian because of health and wellness reasons. But Hindu and Buddhists are strict vegetarians and others practice vegetarian eating habits because they are animal activists and abhor the treatment of animals during the slaughter process.

Becoming a vegetarian has gained widespread acceptance in the past 5 years as research is showing that eating a vegetarian diet will lower a persons risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

There is more than one way to eat a vegetarian diet. You should know yourself enough to know if going cold turkey or moving into a vegetarian lifestyle slowly will be more successful. Making the change slowly begins by excluding meat and fish. Some people find that excluding one type of meat a month makes the transition easier.

Recent research has shown that vegetarians live longer and healthier lives. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) states on their website that vegetarian diets offer a number of nutritional benefits, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol and animal protein as well as higher levels of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate and antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E.

Becoming a vegetarian also makes it easier to maintain an appropriate weight. Some criticisms include the difficulty that some people have getting all of their essential nutrients. However, eating a normal variety of whole grains, beans, nuts, and vegetables will OFTEN give vegetarians more than adequate amounts of the essential nutrients.

After becoming a vegetarian many people report “feeling better” and having more energy with the diet change. Your daily dietary intake should include vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and whole grains in order to maximize your intake of the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs to thrive.

Becoming a vegetarian is a choice. Everyday you chose your diet, exercise, stress levels and work patterns. Sometimes we think they are chosen for us but it’s just not the case. We choose. Becoming a vegetarian is a continuum effect. It’s never that you are or you aren’t but rather how much of a vegetarian are you?
RESOURCES

TeensHealth: Becoming a Vegetarian
http://kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/nutrition/vegetarian.html

Vegetarian Times: Why Go Veg?
http://www.vegetariantimes.com/article/why-go-veg-learn-about-becoming-a-vegetarian/
PETA: Top Six Tips for Becoming Vegetarian
http://www.peta.org/living/food/making-transition-vegetarian/top-six-tips-vegetarian/
Brown University Health Education: Being a Vegetarian
http://brown.edu/Student_Services/Health_Services/Health_Education/nutrition_&_eating_concerns/being_a_vegetarian.php

Harvard Health Publication: Becoming a Vegetarian
http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Womens_Health_Watch/2009/October/becoming-a-vegetarian

ChooseMy Plate: Tips for Vegetarian
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/healthy-eating-tips/tips-for-vegetarian.html

MayoClinic: Vegetarian Diet
http://www.mayoclinic.org/vegetarian-diet/art-20046446