By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 21:46:14 PM.
When you Axe meat from your diet, you may be swapping that chicken stir-fry for a falafel pita—and paying for it on the scale. "Don’t be a French fry vegetarian! Just because it fits your criteria of being fit for a vegetarian diet doesn’t mean it is healthy for you," says Esther Blum, R.D., author of Cave-women Do Not Get Fat. "Keep your carbohydrates whole food-based. [They] should not come in a package with more than five ingredients—unless they’re herbs and spices. " Reach for sweet potatoes, butternut squash, any winter squash, plantains, yucca, beans, or lentils versus white-flour carbohydrates like bread, muffins, bagels, Blum says. If you want tortillas, she likes the kind made with cassava and coconut flours.
A vegetarian diet can help you lose weight ‐ but only if the majority of meals and snacks you’re eating are made with whole foods. If you feel motivated to give up meat, know that you can still achieve your fitness and weight-loss goals, so try a few meatless meals and build from there.
Will Bulsiewicz, M.D., a board-certified gastroenterologist with @HappyGutMD, notes that vegetarians often sabotage their weight-loss efforts by eating more processed foods when they cut out animal protein. "When it comes to avoiding weight gain on a vegetarian diet, it is important to make sure that the majority of your calories are coming from high quality, fresh whole foods," he says. If you are trying to steer clear of eating meat without skewing the scale, here are the specific, weight-loss saboteurs you will want to tackle head-on. (Then, find out how you can hit the reset button—and burn fat like crazy—with The Body Clock Diet!)