By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Saturday, May 04th 2019, 21:46:11 PM.
Whole‐food carbohydrates are best because they don’t provoke an insulin response in the body, like white flour, or processed carbohydrates, Blum explains. "They don’t spike your blood sugar, they keep it stable for hours, and they’re also the richest in nutrition," she says. "Once something has been ground and turned into a flour, and then baked, it doesn’t retain the nutrition [and] it spikes your blood sugar, which can lead to weight gain [or] make it very hard to lose weight."
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an “appropriately planned” vegetarian diet can support your health and help you drop pounds. “’Appropriately planned‘ means that you still need to consider the foods that will make up a balanced diet – including protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and the daily value of vitamins and minerals,” says Krista Haynes, R.D., C.S.S.D and OpenFit nutrition manager. “It means that you need to be mindful of the nutrients that are often lacking in vegan/vegetarian diets and ensure you get plenty of those with veg-friendly whole foods or supplements." Meat-free eaters need to be mindful of getting enough vitamin B12, vitamin D, omega-3s, iron, and zinc, she adds.
Vegan protein choices for a bulking diet include dried beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, tofu, quinoa and hemp powder. Carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits and starchy vegetables provide calories and nutrients. Fats found in nuts, flaxseed oil, hummus, peanut butter and avocados are mainly unsaturated. You might also experiment with seaweed, seitan and vegan energy bars and protein powders.