By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:05:27 PM.
You must increase your calorie intake to bulk up. It may seem challenging, as many vegan foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, are low in calories. However, if you add enough high-calorie vegan foods, such as beans, nuts, plant oils and soy products, and eat six to eight meals per day, you can find enough calories to fill your daily requirements. If you simply increase calories without exercise, however, you will gain fat. Bulking up the muscles requires strength training along with the increased calorie intake. An online calculator can help you determine how many calories you need to maintain your weight, depending on your age, gender, activity level, size and goals. To gain bulk, add another 250 to 500 healthy calories to this number.
Whether you are trying to reduce your cancer risk, slash your carbon footprint, or you just want to take a stand as an animal lover, there are tons of benefits associated with going vegetarian. And one of those benefits could be weight loss. In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that people who ate about 250 grams of meat a day—roughly the size of one half-pound steak, piece of poultry, or processed meat—packed on more pounds over the course of five years compared to other study participants who ate less animal protein. And this was true even when they had the same amount of calories overall. But slimming down as the result of going plant-based is definitely not guaranteed. In fact, certain missteps could lead to weight gain.
However, many people find that making the switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet doesn’t automatically lead to weight loss. It’s important to remember that we are all very unique, with different body types, genetic profiles, and metabolic rates. Some of us need fewer calories (energy) than others. And vegan foods like brownies and ice “cream” can provide just as many calories as non-vegan versions of these foods. Even healthful foods, like grains, nuts, seeds, and avocados, can add up in terms of calories if you are consuming too many of them. While I don,t recommend that you should become overly focused on calories, there are a few things you can keep in mind if you are pursuing weight loss on a vegan or vegetarian diet.