By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 21:46:05 PM.
You don't need to make the switch overnight, either. To lose weight or reap the benefits of a vegetarian diet, there’s no set number of meatless meals you need to eat each week, says Haynes. “But choosing more plant-based options more often has been shown to promote a wide variety of health benefits,” she says. “There's a movement called Meatless Mondays that has brought this idea to the attention of a wider audience. Starting with one day a week, one meal a day, then expanding as you feel comfortable can benefit anyone!”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends not losing weight at a rate faster than about 2 pounds per week or you will be less likely to keep it off. This may not fit your definition of "fast," but it is the most manageable and safest rate. A 2-pound-per-week weight loss requires a deficit of about 1,000 calories per day. But do not consume fewer than 1,200 calories per day, which can leave you nutritionally deficient. One of the benefits of a vegetarian diet is that you are cutting out potentially high-calorie foods, such as fatty meats, poultry with the skin and processed meats. A vegetarian diet includes no animal flesh and sometimes no animal products.
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.