A lot of new vegetarians look to dieting and weight loss plans for help. It’s not difficult for a new vegetarian to gain weight and many blame a carb overload on gaining weight. Learning to be a vegetarian that eats the right mix of foods can take time and during the transition, you may well gain some weight. A vegetarian diet weight loss program will probably make some specific recommendations to you, such as:
- Counting calories
- Reducing fat
- Getting more lean protein
- Adding exercise in to your diet
Counting calories can make you more aware of what you are eating. On a diet, if you strive to reduce your daily caloric intake by about 500 calories, you can expect to lose about 2-3 kgs a month from diet alone. Adding in exercise can help you lose even more weight but we’ll get to exercise later on.
In terms of dieting, striving to eat under 2,000 calories can help. Anywhere from 1200-1800 calories might be a suggestion for your weight loss depending on your current weight, gender, and activity level. (Note: Most people do need more than 1200 calories a day to function well.)
Beyond looking at how many calories you eat every day, have a look at which ones come from fat. If you’re like many vegetarians, you get a lot of your protein from dairy. Opt for low fat dairy choices wherever possible. Switch to 1% or skim milk and low fat cheese. Reduce your condiments wherever possible as well. Your sauces and dressings could be adding a large percentage of calories to your meals.
Getting More Lean Protein
Are you sure you’re getting enough protein? Opt for lean sources of protein, which isn’t difficult to do as a vegetarian. Your weight loss diet plan may benefit from reducing carbohydrates , especially refined carbs. Experiment with some new vegetarian protein sources so you can find extra sources that make it easier for you to reduce your carbs.
Adding Exercise to Your Diet
There’s no doubt about it.. exercise will help you lose weight. It will also help you reduce loose skin after weight loss. As a vegetarian, weight loss diets aren’t as easy as you’re not able to follow many diet recipe suggestions. Consider looking for great sources of vegetarian diet recipes so that you can experiment and eat new low fat things without sacrificing variety and flavour.