Watch the high fat dairy.
This is another area where new vegetarians get into trouble. When they give up meat, they start eating more cheese and other dairy products. Most solid cheeses are calorically dense and if you throw in butter and full fat milk, you could end up taking in too many calories. Substitute feta cheese for cheddar and you won’t need as much since its so flavor intense. Look for light butter – which has half the calories – and choose more skim milk products.
Watch the meatless junk food.
Some vegetarians who don’t have time to cook, make meat-free pizza and French fries their meal of choice. With this kind of diet, the calories and weight gain can add up pretty fast. Learn how to make a few simple vegetarian soups and quick meals at home using a slow cooker instead of eating at fast food restaurants. Eating vegetarian can be as healthy as you care to make it.
The Bottom Line
A vegetarian diet isn’t a sure path to weight loss success unless you make the right food choices. Choose them well.