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.
MayoClinic: Vegetarian Diet
Weight Loss Resources: Suggested Vegetarian Weight Loss Meal Plan
Women’s Health Magazine: Will Going Vegetarian Really Help Me Lose Weight
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: A Guide to Healthy Weight Loss
Holistic Holiday: Becoming a Vegetarian to Lose Weight
Prevention: Why Vegetarians Are Thinner Than You
FitDay: Do Vegetarian Diets Promote Weight Loss