Many people have the misconception that it is easier for vegetarians to lose weight and tone your body. This is far from truth and being a vegetarian alone is not enough for a successful weight loss. All people, vegetarians or not, have to follow some simple rules in order to lose weight. In today’s post we will concentrate specifically on how to lose weight if you are a vegetarian.
Watch your snacks
Snacks are most often the ‘weight loss killers’ because they carry a lot of calories. People tend to be careful on what they eat on their main meals and forget about snacks. Vegetarians may sometimes choose snacks that are loaded with calories such as dried fruit, nuts, whole wheat bread (in large quantities), soy cheese, olives etc. What you should do instead is to moderate the consumption of those foods and also try to replace some of those with low-calorie and low sugar foods like fruits, vegetables, low-fat soy cheese, dried beans and other low fat protein sources.
Plan your meals better
When it comes to the main meals you need to make sure that you plan them in such a way as to be nutritionally balanced. You need both carbohydrates (in reduced quantities) and protein. You do not have to completely remove carbs from your diet but only to make sure that you minimize and control their consumption. Eat your pasta with tomato sauce but in moderate quantities and where possible opt in for green fresh salads.
Watch your protein intake
A vegetarian diet does not include less protein than a normal diet. Protein is available in soy, eggs, beans, nuts and many other items that make up a vegetarian diet. People sometimes believe that the absence of meat creates a need for protein and they over eat protein foods. Over-consumption of any type of food is not good for weight loss and should be avoided. Make sure that you eat your protein but try to always keep a balance on the quantities you consume. Perfect examples of protein sources suitable for weight loss are low-fat cheese, reduced-fat peanut butter and soy products.
Drink lots and lots of water
This is the easiest trick of weight loss. You can safely drink as much water as you want without having to worry about calories. Water has 0 calories and can help you lose weight in many ways. First and foremost water will make you feel better, second it can reduce your appetite and third it is proven that water can increase your metabolism.
Cooking methods are also important
This is not only for vegetarians but it is true for nonvegetarians. The way you cook your food plays an important role on the calories you will consume with it. Generally you should avoid fried food and prefer boiled, steamed or grilled food. In addition try not to add full fat ingredients (like mayo or salad dressings) when you prepare your meals.