Weight Loss & Diet Advice for Vegetarians
Vegetarian diets are often lower in calories and fat than meat-diets, and rates of overweight and obesity among vegetarians are lower than among meat-eaters. However, vegetarian diets are no guarantee of a healthy weight. Convenience vegetarian foods can be just as fattening as non-vegetarian foods - in fact some vegetarian products and recipes may contain more fat than meat-based foods. Over-consumption of these high-calorie convenience foods or 'vegetarian' fast-food leads to weight gain just like meat-based foods.
Balanced Weight Loss Diet
Whether you are vegan or ovo-lacto vegetarian or simply someone who avoids meat, the secret of successful weight loss is to follow a BALANCED vegetarian weight loss diet and take regular exercise.
Vegetarian Food Pyramid
By following the dietary guidelines contained in the Vegetarian Food Pyramid, and fortifying his/her diet as appropriate, a vegetarian will obtain all the necessary diet nutrition. See the following table for differing calorie-controlled weight loss diet plans.
Table 1. Vegetarian Weight Loss Diets Based on Vegetarian Pyramid
Vegetarian Weight Loss Tips
Giving up meat is not necessarily good for your weight. Many vegetarian foods are calorie-dense either because they are high in fat or high in sugar. Here is some elementary weight loss advice to help you maintain a healthy weight.
Note: Careless vegetarian dieting can cause low levels of dietary nutrition which in turn may lead to a slowdown in metabolic rate and consequent weight gain.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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