By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:04:58 PM.
"A lot of people try to stay away from fruit, because they are worried about the sugar content," Blum notes. "But fruit sugars are very healing for the body, combat inflammation, and clean up liver and hormonal imbalances that contribute to weight gain." But she recommends avoiding juices that have been sitting on the shelf at your local grocery store, as they their lose their nutritional value just a day after being processed. You are better off juicing fresh fruits‐and, ideally, even more veggies than fruits—at home.
When you make yourself an omelet or simple salad, you generally assume you are consuming a healthy vegetarian meal. Unfortunately, eating protein sources (like eggs and dairy) that are not pastured and certain vegetables that are not organic might be working against your weight-loss efforts. Pesticides sprayed on food may disrupt your hormones and endocrine system, which could work against your efforts to stay fit, Blum explains. For that reason, she recommends trying to stick with animal products that come from pasture-raised animals (because they are able to graze on grass and worms, as opposed to being fed pesticide-ridden corn and soy) and avoiding the "dirty dozen"—the Environmental Working Group's top 12 most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables.
Often when I evaluate clients food journals, I find that they are not losing weight because their nutrient intake exceeds their needs. I had one female client who was eating a large Açaí bowl for breakfast that contained multiple servings of fruit, nut milk, nut butter, and seeds. She would then commute by car to work and sit at a desk all morning. While the bowl was chock‐full of nutrition, it packed about three times what her body actually needed to keep her satiated until lunch.