By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Weight Loss. At Friday, May 03rd 2019, 20:58:56 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;
Do cut back on your sugar intake. Sugar is bad news and the more you eat the harder it will be to lose weight. (By the way, if you do consume sugar be sure it is always organic.)Plus, overuse of sugar can lead to problems with an overgrowth of yeast in your body, and when that happens look out because it becomes nearly Impossible to lose weight until you get the yeast under control. (Trust me, an overgrowth of yeast in your body is not fun and the subsequent diet can be very restrictive.) Really take a look at your diet -- where might you be adding unnecessary sugars into your daily or weekly menu?
“I encourage those who are vegetarians or vegans to make most of their diet actual veggies instead of faux meats and processed packaged foods,” Haynes says. Rely on whole foods most of the time, and use those other processed foods as your treats no more than 10 to 20 percent of the time, “but know that just because they’re not meat, that doesn’t mean they are health foods," she adds.