By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:05:13 PM.
Do not simply switch out your meat and dairy for vegan meat and dairy substitutes (soy meats and cheeses). While it is okay to occasionally eat these foods if you go vegan and have NO weight to lose (always buy organic or non-GMO soy foods), it is not ideal if you DO have weight to lose. Many of these "faux foods" are high in fat and sodium, which go against your weight loss efforts. Much better to teach yourself how to create a whole foods vegan menu from the get go;
How do you tweak the Pyramid for the best weight loss results? Opt for the lower serving amounts listed in most of the categories. For instance, you will notice the whole grains recommendation is 6-11 servings/day (3 - 5 1/2 cups). Eleven servings of whole grains is a heck of a lot of food, let alone adding in all the other food groups. So if you want to lose weight, opt for the lowest range which in this case is 6 servings (3 cups). Depending on your metabolism you might need even less than that;
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.