How to Lose Weight When You’re a Vegetarian

Photo credit: Michael Fludkov / Flickr
Photo credit: Michael Fludkov / Flickr

As a generalization, vegetarians are slimmer than their meat eating counterparts – but not always. Eating vegetarian doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be able to slip into a size six pair of jeans. In fact, some people gain weight on a vegetarian diet because they make the wrong food choices. Don’t let that happen to you. Here’s how to lose weight eating vegetarian.

Don’t eat more because you’re eating vegetarian.

Some people believe that they can eat all they want when eating vegetarian. After all, vegetarian food has fewer calories, right? This isn’t always the case. Some vegetarian foods can be high carbs and calories. When you first start out as a new vegetarian who’s trying to lose weight, keep a food diet with calorie counts so you can make sure you’re not eating too much. Eating vegetarian diet isn’t a license to overindulge.

Get the right carbohydrates.

Some people start eating vegetarian by substituting pasta, rice, potatoes, and bread for the meat they previously would have eaten. These are all high glycemic carbs that can lead to weight gain if eaten too often. Try eating whole grain starches such as quinoa, brown rice, and barley instead and add more fruits and vegetables that are lower in calories instead. These foods are higher in fiber and a good source of antioxidants.

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