By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:04:53 PM.
Do not be a slave to your scale. Scales lied! Did you know you can lose inches but still Gain weight? As you enjoy a vegan diet combined with exercise (!), you will begin to build muscles where you did not have them before. No, not "he-man" muscles, but muscles which help you tone to get rid of the flab. Muscle is denser than fat; therefore, as the muscles grow and the fat is burned off you will see a reduction in inches while the scales remain where they were. Hide your scale away, and pull out your measuring tape instead;
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends not losing weight at a rate faster than about 2 pounds per week or you will be less likely to keep it off. This may not fit your definition of "fast," but it is the most manageable and safest rate. A 2-pound-per-week weight loss requires a deficit of about 1,000 calories per day. But do not consume fewer than 1,200 calories per day, which can leave you nutritionally deficient. One of the benefits of a vegetarian diet is that you are cutting out potentially high-calorie foods, such as fatty meats, poultry with the skin and processed meats. A vegetarian diet includes no animal flesh and sometimes no animal products.
When it comes to the plant world, most options are less calorie-dense than animal foods, but “some of them are dense calories (as I finish licking my spoon of almond butter!),” says Haynes. Calories still count, and portion sizes still matter. “There’s a false sense that all vegetarian foods are healthy, and newbies who follow this diet tend to overeat and end up gaining weight,” says Haynes. She knows this from experience — at the beginning of the six years she spent as a vegan, she gained weight. "I was eating a lot of nuts, nut butters, carbohydrates-heavy foods, and whatnot without thinking about total calories.”