By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:05:24 PM.
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.”
Eating an adequate amount of protein is key for maintaining muscle mass, which helps keep your metabolism revved. It is possible to meet your daily protein needs on a plant-based diet. You just have to be strategic. One of my clients who was struggling to drop weight (and feeling tired all the time) after he went vegan was surprised to learn he was only consuming about half the protein he needed. Most vegans I work with need at least 60 grams of protein per day. But many do not know if they are hitting that quota.
Just because a food item says it is vegetarian does not mean it is low‐calorie. Here are a few of the pitfalls vegetarians may encounter on their weight-loss journey. To lose weight quickly, you may need to limit certain snacks that are healthy and vegetarian, but can easily lead to overeating. A scant handful of nuts or two tablespoons of hummus fit into a vegetarian weight-loss plan, but if they turn into a half- or full-cup serving, you are better off resisting them altogether. Opt for a snack of plain, low-fat yogurt with berries, a piece of fresh fruit or cut-up vegetables, instead.