By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 21:46:07 PM.
Vegetarians, don’t overload on dairy products. Cheese, cream, and sour cream are often the default options for vegetarians. But beware, high-fat cheeses can contain up to 120 calories and 6 grams of saturated fat per ounce. Heavy cream has 52 calories and 4 grams of saturated fat in a single tablespoon. And these are both very small portion sizes‐one single serving of cream-based soup or cheesy lasagna can have several times this portion size.
Keep your grains in check. A healthy plant-based diet absolutely includes plenty of whole grains, but only about 5 – 8 servings per day, depending on your calorie needs. So, make sure you’re not overdoing cereals, breads, and grain servings throughout your day. Keep in mind that many people (and especially restaurants) can dish up four servings of pasta per portion, and dipping into the bread basket before meals can add a few extra servings of grains before you know it. A serving of grains is generally ½ cup cooked grains or pasta, or one slice of bread or a small tortilla.
When you make yourself an omelet or simple salad, you generally assume you are consuming a healthy vegetarian meal. Unfortunately, eating protein sources (like eggs and dairy) that are not pastured and certain vegetables that are not organic might be working against your weight-loss efforts. Pesticides sprayed on food may disrupt your hormones and endocrine system, which could work against your efforts to stay fit, Blum explains. For that reason, she recommends trying to stick with animal products that come from pasture-raised animals (because they are able to graze on grass and worms, as opposed to being fed pesticide-ridden corn and soy) and avoiding the "dirty dozen"—the Environmental Working Group's top 12 most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables.