By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:05:05 PM.
Whether you are a vegan or an omnivore, meal timing can have a serious impact your waistline. Many people I talk to eat their largest meal in the evening, when they are the least active. A smarter strategy is to eat larger meals earlier, so they fuel your most active hours of the day. Skimping all day and gorging at night is a recipe for weight gain, or at least preventing weight loss-even if you are vegan. Try switching to evening meals that are filling but but light, such as sautéed veggies and chickpeas over a bed of greens and spaghetti squash; or a broth-based veggie and white bean soup with a drizzle of EVOO.
Bulking, or putting on muscle, is a goal of many bodybuilders. To gain muscle, follow a strength and aerobic training routine — allowing adequate time for rest and recovery — and eat a diet that supports muscle growth. While traditional bulking diets contain significant amounts of protein in the form of chicken, lean steak and tuna, you can bulk up on a vegan plan too. Knowing what foods to incorporate and when helps you achieve your goals.
Haynes recommends starting by replacing your favorite meat‐filled meals with meat-free ones, such as veggie and bean chili, fajitas with mushrooms instead of beef, or pasta sauce with lentils instead of ground meat. Explore vegetarian cookbooks and blog, looking for meals that appeal to your palate.Be patient with yourself, says Haynes: “Eventually your taste buds will change, and you won't even notice that you’re gravitating toward those veggie meals more often.”