By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 21:46:37 PM.
A vegetarian diet is healthy ‐ as long as you eat a range of nutritious foods and limit treats, processed foods, and portion sizes. “If done appropriately, a vegetarian/vegan diet can help with weight loss because plant-based foods like veggies, fruits, whole grains, and plant-based proteins are filled with fiber and bulk that can help fill you up on fewer calories,” says Haynes. This concept is called volumetric. And, she adds, simply by knowing that your diet has some limitations may also help you lose weight: “You could ultimately end up eating less.” In addition, a vegetarian diet is usually lower in saturated fats, says Mandy Enright, M.S., R.D.N., a New Jersey-based dietitian.
Go crazy for veggies. The one food group you should eat without caution is non-starchy vegetables, including greens, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, carrots, summer squash, asparagus, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. These plant foods average about 25 calories per serving, and their bulk, water, and volume can help you feel more full and satisfied.Fruit for dessert. Skip the dessert and enjoy a serving of seasonal unsweetened fruit to hit your natural sweet spot. At about 60 calories per serving, you can’t go wrong
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.