Vegetarian Weight Loss Diet Part 1
Vegetarian Weight Loss Diet – Part 1
This vegetarian based weight loss diet can work for anyone especially for those who are not vegetarians.
The best thing about a vegetarian based weight loss diet, is that the number of calories you are consuming will be way less than if your diet is based on a lot of carbs and protein like meat, chicken and fish.
The challenge for you though is to make your diet less boring because eating just vegies and fruits without any flavors can put you off and derail your weight loss dieting.
Almost all vegetarian based diets will work as long as you don’t go overboard with fruits and nuts. Fruits and nuts can and will make you pile on more weight if you eat too much of those kinds of food. This is because of the amount of sugar in those foods.
You don’t even have to eat a vegetarian meal every day of the week for you to get good results. Just start off by eating vegetarian on only 2 or 3 out of 7 days a week but keep it consistent. So 4 of those days, you will eat normally and then on the other 3 days, you will eat nothing but fruits, nuts and vegetables.
For example, I would eat normally on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Then on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday I will eat only vegetables, nuts and fruits but no carbs or proteins. And I will continue eating that way until I have lost the number of pounds that I need to lose.
To help you plan your meals, you should always plan what you are going to eat on your vegetarian days at the start of the week. If you plan your meals this way, you will be more likely to eat properly and eat the right portions.
As for the size of each vegetarian meal, try to eat the same size as your normal meal and no more. It might be better to reduce the portion but that’s not necessary as long as you keep the portion size the same. For example, if you normally eat one full plate then for your vegetarian weight loss diet meal, you will also eat one plate full of different vegetables.
The other thing I would definitely recommend is to steam or bake, rather than to fry. For seasoning, I normally use chillis, onions, garlic, apple cider vinegar and natural unsweetened yogurt. I would stay away from salad dressing unless they are lite or low fat.
For nuts I usually eat a handful of assorted nuts including walnuts, almonds, cashews and pistachios. For the three meals a day, I will eat a handful of nuts together with my vegetables and fruits, 3 times a day.
For fruits, I would eat whatever fruit is in season including grapes, strawberries, berries, apples, oranges, pears and so forth. Try and control your consumption of fruit as they are full of sugar (sucrose).
To make sure you are progressing on the right track, remember to record your weight prior to starting this program. After that, don’t weigh yourself again until after one week. This is to prevent you from get discouraged while at the same time, helping to keep you focused.
Weighing yourself every week will give your body enough time to lose weight and if the results are not what you expect, feel free to change your nuts, fruits and vegetables. For example, if you are not losing a few pounds a week, then look at the vegetables you are eating. Are you eating too much or eating too much carbs? Eating too much fruits and nuts will not help your dieting if those results in you eating too many calories.
If you think you are planning your vegetarian meals right, then look at other lifestyle factors – are you hydrated by drinking enough water or are you sleeping your normal 8-9 hours every night?
To achieve the best outcome possible for your body, stick to this diet for at least 4 or more weeks.