By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 21:46:32 PM.
Do not simply switch out your meat and dairy for vegan meat and dairy substitutes (soy meats and cheeses). While it is okay to occasionally eat these foods if you go vegan and have NO weight to lose (always buy organic or non-GMO soy foods), it is not ideal if you DO have weight to lose. Many of these "faux foods" are high in fat and sodium, which go against your weight loss efforts. Much better to teach yourself how to create a whole foods vegan menu from the get go;
Once you know exactly how many calories you need to prompt weight loss, and how you want to structure your veggie diet, make those calories consist of whole, unprocessed foods. Skip the refined sugar and grain options that may fit the definition of vegetarian, but add excess calories and limited nutrients.Poached eggs or egg whites with veggies, scrambled soft tofu with salsa or a fruit smoothie made with yogurt or vegetarian protein powder make nutrient-dense breakfasts that have protein to help keep you full.
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!)