By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:04:49 PM.
I have had plenty of clients who believed it was okay to eat unlimited amounts of plant‐based treats (think coconut milk ice cream and sweet potato chips). Plant-based frozen foods, desserts, and snacks can not only be high in calories, but they are often made with refined flour and added sugar, and stripped of nutrients and fiber. While they are fine as occasional treats, when consumed daily, they can pack on pounds. One study found that processed foods may decrease post-meal calorie burning by nearly 50% compared to whole foods. Trade processed plant foods for fresh snacks. Reach for in‐season fruit and dark chocolate to satisfy a sweet craving; and raw veggies with hummus or guacamole for a savory fix.
If you are just starting out with the vegan diet, be sure to review the Vegan Food Pyramid because it is a great starting point to understanding the various food groups you need to eat. But, you might like to know the range of servings in the Pyramid was created for the general population, including people who want to gain weight! Those who have weight to lose have to take the information found in the pyramid and tweak it in order to lose the weight.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an “appropriately planned” vegetarian diet can support your health and help you drop pounds. “’Appropriately planned‘ means that you still need to consider the foods that will make up a balanced diet – including protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and the daily value of vitamins and minerals,” says Krista Haynes, R.D., C.S.S.D and OpenFit nutrition manager. “It means that you need to be mindful of the nutrients that are often lacking in vegan/vegetarian diets and ensure you get plenty of those with veg-friendly whole foods or supplements." Meat-free eaters need to be mindful of getting enough vitamin B12, vitamin D, omega-3s, iron, and zinc, she adds.