Mar 232010

Many people consider vegetarianism to be an automatic key to getting slim. However, this is not only not true, but in fact often turns out to be the opposite of the truth. Sure, turning vegetarian means you’re throwing away some harmful foods from your diet. But is that really all of it? Think about it.

Vegetarians deprive themselves of various good sources of nutrients – meat is highly beneficial for any diet, and removing it can have adverse effects if you’re not prepared. In fact, sometimes being a vegetarian means that you eat more fatty foods, as you look for substitutes for the foods you’ve lost, but the only thing you care about is whether or not they come from animals. So you end up considering snacks, sugar, energy drinks and all that to be “good.”

One of the worst pitfalls for vegetarians trying to lose weight are the drinks. They often tend to get their calories from lots of fruit-flavored drinks. If you have a habit of doing that however, stop – you’ll need to start drinking lots and lots of water, at least 1.5 litres every day. If you can, get rid of any flavored drinks at all.

Having an occasional fruit juice now and then isn’t bad of course, but it should be limited as much as possible to avoid any detrimental effects on your health – even natural fruit juices contain stuff like acids that you probably don’t want to get in your body too much.

Being a vegetarian also means you’ll spend a lot more of your meal time eating salads – and what’s better than topping your salad with a nice layer of, say, french dressing? Seemingly nothing, but you can’t even begin to imagine the caloric contents of your standard salad dressing. Try to use plain mayonnaisse, especially the light variety. It will taste just as good, plus you can always throw in some extra ingredients of your own, all while keeping the calorie count down to a minimum!

And let’s not forget bread – some people on vegetarian diets just can’t live without having bread alongside every meal, but that can be highly detrimental to any weight loss plans – especially if we’re talking about white bread! The whole-grain kind is better, but you should still be careful eating it and if you can, throw it out of your diet completely. In the end, it will be for the better.

There are many companies that produce vegetarian-oriented diet foods as well – look for those in large stores, they usually have whole sections devoted to them. The good thing about those foods is that they watch for your diet in both ways – keeping you well-fed, while also sticking to your vegetarian lifestyle. Of course, if you want to live independently as a vegetarian, you’ll have to learn to cook your own food. But then again, that’s pretty much valid for anyone looking to lose weight, right?

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