Weight Loss Is Not a “No Brainer”
stars and models are vocal about their vegetarian diets, which would
lead the public to believe that becoming a vegetarian will automatically
result in weight loss. A vegetarian diet is often very healthy,
but being a vegetarian will not necessarily make you lose weight.
You still need to watch your calorie intake, whether you are a vegetarian
or you eat meat every day.
Perhaps the reason
why vegetarian weight loss seems inevitable is because most vegetarians
consume about 500 calories less per day than non-vegetarians. With
diets high in legumes, vegetables, and whole grains, a vegetarian
dieter can eat a lot of food and still keep his or her calorie count
relatively low. On the other hand, if a vegetarian swaps meat with
high calorie replacements like whole milk, cheese, candy, or potato
chips, the vegetarian may experience weight gain, not weight loss.
Another key factor
in vegetarian weight loss is the way a vegetarian prepares his or
her food. Fried vegetables, sugar-laden fruit desserts, and mayonnaise-laden
veggie burgers are not the types of food that will enhance weight
loss. To encourage weight loss efforts, vegetarians should opt for
boiling, steaming, or grilling their vegetables. Try light versions
of cheese, sour cream, and salad dressing, too. There are also many
frozen vegetarian meals in the grocery store, which are portion-controlled
to help with weight loss.