I used to eat the morning star brand until i saw how much crap they put in it. There is nothing healthy in those. I follow more of a plant based diet but have been known to sneak in some good grass fed beef and chicken. I won't touch pork or dairy. Even if you don't make your tracker public, really track for a solid two weeks. See exactly what you are eating. don't really make any changes. Just track what you are doing right now. Then look at some of the reports that SP makes available.
Vegetarian/vegan diets work great for some people, and honestly, I'm kind of jealous of them! Last summer I was really cutting back on meat, making lots of vegetarian dishes with whole food ingredients, and my weight loss just stalled. I'm now going more towards a paleo type of diet, and have started losing fat and gaining muscle again. If your reasons are moral, then look for grass fed, naturally raised animal products and don't feel bad about eating them. It's the factory-farmed stuff that is inhumane. There is no one-size-fits-all best diet, and some of us do better with animal proteins, while others can thrive on plants alone.
I always hear that most of weightloss is about diet so that's why I focus on it so much. Breakfast is usually a 2 egg omlete with veggies or a Greek yogurt. Lunch is usually a morningstar veg product like a patty in a bun. dinner is aburritio with beans and a side of aj avocado or pico de gallo in a wheat tortila. I dont snack much but a snack is usualy a protein shake afteri exercise or i have cottage cheese or a honemade green smoothie
It might just be me, but I think that if you worry TOO much about what you're eating, it's going to cause stress, and stress leads to weight gain. Are you stressed out? Getting enough sleep? I don't eat meat or poultry, just fish and dairy products. And I feel great from it and have lost some weight - which was never my initial intention on making the switch, it was just an added perk that came along... I think it may definitely have something to do with your medication. If you don't mind me asking, what is your average day like when it comes to exercise and diet, what is your current regimen? With some insight into that, you may be able to get better advice :)
I am having a hard time losing weight and have been for nearly a year. About a year ago I went vegetarian, I was also put on blood pressure controlling medication so I am wondering if one of those may be hindering my weight loss. I have done the old things I have done to lose weight such as watch cals, exercise, you name it. I have eaten a lower amount of calories, eaten a higher amount, lifted weights, All I do is stay at the same weight. I fluctuate a couple of pounds up and down, literally 1-2lbs. I cannot lose anything, I am not losing inches as my clothes fits the same (and by that I mean hardly any of my clothes fits). I really wanted to go vegetarian for moral reasons but I feel that I can't if it's hindering my weightloss and my health. I am obese. My blood pressure has not seen any positive changes in going vegetarian. Then again there is also a possibility it's the medication. I am going to the doctor next week to tell them about it and re-evaluate my medication as it makes me very thirsty. I am also going to have some blood work done to check my thyroid and I don't know what else. By all logic I should be losing weight. I exercise 5 days a week doing weights, cardio and pilates. I eat at a deficit. I was eating under 1600 calories daily for 3 months and exercising. No weight loss. At all. Then I decided maybe I wasn't eating enough and upped my calories to 1800-2100. No weightloss, just gained back that pesky 1lb I keep gaining and losing and I have been eating this way for just over a month now. Can anyone relate?
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