By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 22:05:35 PM.
A vegetarian diet excludes meat and meat by‐products, such as fats like lard or tallow or broths or stocks made from meat. While there are several subsets of vegetarianism, such a diet generally includes (but isn’t limited to) vegetables (of course!), fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds, along with dairy and eggs. Vegetarians don’t eat meat — red meat, poultry, fish, or seafood. Those who eat a mostly vegetarian diet with some seafood are called Pescatarian.
Go crazy for veggies. The one food group you should eat without caution is non-starchy vegetables, including greens, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, carrots, summer squash, asparagus, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. These plant foods average about 25 calories per serving, and their bulk, water, and volume can help you feel more full and satisfied.Fruit for dessert. Skip the dessert and enjoy a serving of seasonal unsweetened fruit to hit your natural sweet spot. At about 60 calories per serving, you can’t go wrong
"Have 16 ounces of fresh celery juice," Blum recommends. "It will build hydrochloric acid in the stomach, so you can digest your food and avoid bloating, gas, reflux, and absorb nutrients better." Healthy digestion will only aid your weight-loss efforts. "In one study, when vegetarian dieters added more protein to their diet so that 30 percent of their daily calories came from protein, they automatically ate 450 fewer calories a day and lost about 11 pounds in 12 weeks, even without adding more exercise," says Partha Nandi, M.D., gastroenterologist and author of the forthcoming book Ask Dr. Nandi. The best sources of plant-based protein, which also offer satiating fiber, include beans, legumes, lentils, quinoa, and heart-healthy nuts, Nandi notes. It may be tempting to grab a tofu- or pea protein-based meat substitute when you are in a pinch, or even on the regular, but these products are often highly processed and filled with fattening, chemical-laden ingredients, such as sugars, hydrolyzed starch, or the additive disodium guanylate. Plus, many options are just as high if not higher in fat, sodium, and calories than the real thing, says Nandi.