By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:05:17 PM.
Do eat lots of green leafy veggies. Foods like kale, collard/mustard/turnip greens, broccoli, bok choy -- these types of foods provide vital nutrients including calcium which is needed to lose weight. If you are lacking in calcium, your vegan weight loss efforts could be hampered; do drink a boatload of water. All those amazing fiber-rich foods you should eat need water to aid them in the job they need to do. Two-three glasses a day is not going to cut it for you. The range of your water intake should be 6-12 (8 ounce) glasses per day. Shoot for the lower range if you eat lots of water-rich fruits and veggies and smoothies, and the higher range if you don't.
Many people lose weight when they transition to a vegan or vegetarian diet‐no counting calories or increase in activity required. In fact, research consistently shows that vegans and vegetarians weigh less than carnivores. That’s because a plant-based diet is rich in fiber from plant foods, and this nutrient has been linked with making you feel more satisfied after meals, as well as regulating blood glucose levels. A healthy plant‐based diet packed with whole grains, pulses, soy foods, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds is moderate in calories, which can contribute to a healthy weight.
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.”