By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 21:46:19 PM.
There are many beverages marketed to plant‐based consumers: Kombucha, drinking vinegars, green juices, chia drinks, coconut water, and almond milk cold brew coffees, just to name a few. With so many choices, I have seen many clients unknowingly sip hundreds of extra calories per day. My rule of thumb is this: If it is not water or unsweetened tea, your beverage should count as part of your meal or snack. One vegan client who found she was not losing weight was drinking a smoothie along with her lunch salad. Unknowingly, she was essentially consuming two lunches every day. Another client did not realize that the healthy (and expensive) beverages she drank twice a day in lieu of soda contained about 300 calories total. That may not sound like a ton, but it would take a one-hour speed walk to burn off just those drinks.Make good old H2O your drink of choice, and if you reach for anything else, take a careful look at the ingredients, nutrition facts, and serving size so you can decide if it is the best fit for your body's needs.
First and foremost, when people go vegan they tend to lose weight right out of the gate. Why is this? One word: Fiber. When you eat fiber-rich foods, this fiber sweeps through your intestines and pushes the crap out (literally). Giving your body a constant supply of fiber means you are always cleaning out the pipes. On the other hand, animal products contain zero fiber. And yes that means all animal products including red meat, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, milk, cheese -- well, you get the drift. As long as you continue to eat these foods, you will find it difficult to lose weight.
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.