Vegetarian Weight Loss Tips

Switching to a vegetarian diet doesn't necessarily mean that you'll lose weight. In fact, during my first six months as a vegetarian, I gained ten pounds. Since then, I've lost the weight, and kept it off by following these vegetarian weight loss tips:

Vegetarian Weight Loss Diet Tip 1: Add a High Quality, Vegetarian Protein

High–quality proteins include tempeh, seitan, tofu, beans, and eggs. Why? Protein helps you maintain or lose weight.

In addition to building or maintaining muscle, a quality vegetarian protein can help you increase your metabolism to burn more calories. And, it will make you feel full after a meal.

Vegetarian Protein Increases Your Metabolism and Burns More Calories

When your body digests protein, it has to burn twice as many calories than it burns when digesting carbohydrates or fats.

Protein also builds muscles. And more lean muscle mass increases your "resting metabolism." In other words, your body will burn even more calories when you're not active.

Protein Makes you Feel Full

Wayne Campbell, Ph.D., a nutrition profession at Purdue University says, "You are most likely to feel fuller after eating protein than other nutrients, including fiber, and one of the theories behind why higher-protein diets work well with weight loss is because it helps you not feel hungry."

The American Dietetic Association adds that if you have a lean protein plus foods that are high in water or fiber (fruits and vegetables), you'll feel fuller while consuming fewer calories.

Weight Loss Diet Tip 2: Forget the Processed Foods and Stick with Vegetables, Fruits, and Other Whole Foods.

The majority of processed foods are full of sugar, unhealthy fats and salt. They provide almost no nourishment ( so you keep eating), are addictive, and high in calories.

Whole foods are healthy and satisfying. They're high in nutrients, fiber, and water. They add bulk to your meals and empty slowly from your stomach. You'll feel full longer and on fewer calories.

Vegetarian Weight Loss Diet Tip 3: Replace Sugar With Xylitol

Xylitol is an all natural sweetener that has almost half the calories of sugar. What's more, it has a low glycemic index and has been clinically shown to prevent tooth decay.

Losing weight is all about burning more calories than you eat. The above tips, and exercise, will help you do just that on a healthy vegetarian diet.

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Vegetarian Weight Loss Diet Tip 4: Don't Fry.

Let's face it; fried foods taste great. Unfortunately, frying adds too many calories.

There are a lot of great options to frying. You can use an indoor electric grill, a grill pan, or a non–stick pan with very little oil or butter.

Weight Loss Diet Tip 5: Snack on Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and Seeds are the perfect snack because they'll ward off hunger pangs for hours, and help you maintain your energy level throughout the day. What's more, they're loaded with protein and healthy fats.

Vegetarian Weight Loss Diet Tip 6: Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet

Add a tablespoon or two to a glass of water, coconut, almond, or soy milk before you eat. The Chia Seeds will absorb the liquid and expand, helping you to feel full.

Chia seeds are also high in omega–3 ALA fatty acids (as are Walnuts). Omega 3 fatty acids are important because your body uses good fats to burn fat. In other words, more fat gets burned instead of stored in your body.

Resources

Nicholas Perricone, M.D., The Perricone Weight–Loss Diet: A Simple 3–Part Plan to Lose the Fat

Gabe Mirkin, M.D. & Barry Fox, Ph.D., The 20/30 Fat & Fiber Diet Plan

Joy Bauer, "Boost your metabolism and lose weight faster," msnbc.com

Jenny Stamos Kovacs, "Increase Your Metabolism –– And Start Losing Fat," WebMD Feature

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