By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Tuesday, April 30th 2019, 06:26:41 AM.
Do not be a slave to your scale. Scales lied! Did you know you can lose inches but still Gain weight? As you enjoy a vegan diet combined with exercise (!), you will begin to build muscles where you did not have them before. No, not "he-man" muscles, but muscles which help you tone to get rid of the flab. Muscle is denser than fat; therefore, as the muscles grow and the fat is burned off you will see a reduction in inches while the scales remain where they were. Hide your scale away, and pull out your measuring tape instead;
Even if your new vegetarian diet feels effortless, you may still encounter some roadblocks — including weight gain or the dreaded weight-loss plateau. Here is the most common reason why you’re not losing weight on a vegetarian diet: You are relying too heavily on carbohydrates and dairy. Yes, cheese pizza is vegetarian, but even vegetarians shouldn’t eat it all the time.(We know it doesn’t help matters when most vegetarian options at restaurants are some combo of carbohydrates and cheese. During my early vegetarian years, I ate a lot of fettuccine Alfredo and grilled cheese sandwiches.) Dairy is rarely considered a protein in most meal plans, but new vegetarians make the mistake of loading up on cheese to replace meat as a protein source. When choosing carbohydrates, follow the same strategies you would for a non-vegetarian diet, focusing on complex carbohydrates from whole food sources like starchy vegetables and whole grains (rather than refined flour).A vegetarian diet, versus a vegan diet, opens up “more options for higher-protein foods like eggs and Greek yogurt,” says Haynes. “There is research showing that higher-protein, lower-carbohydrates diets can be beneficial for weight management. Rather than leaning on carbohydrates and dairy (especially when eating out), lean toward vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, with some dairy for added flavor.”
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.