I've been a vegetarian on and off my entire life! I never liked the taste of meat but had to start eating in high schools (parents) so its been about a year and a half that I've been full-on vegetarian. I wish there was a term for someone who is in between vegetarian and vegan, because for the occasional slice of pizza (maybe once a month) I do not eat dairy. The only thing I can't give up is eggs!
Like most of you have mentioned, I too have a serious junk food problem! I have just started a lifestyle change and am looking forward to loosing the weight (this time without eating meat!)
I've been a vegetarian for a year and a half and it wasn't really helping me out in the weight loss category. However, I will admit that I hadn't been trying up until a month or so ago. After deciding to become a healthier person, I realized that I have a serious junk food addiction. I guess you don't realize those things until you give them up! But I was eating pizza every week, eating a bag of chips in two days and drinking 2 liter sodas within a day or two! It was concerning and I knew that I would never be able to enjoy those things in moderation. So I gave them up about a month ago and I admit that I'm miserable. The withdrawal is terrible and I look forward to when it gets much easier. Everyone says I'm crankier now and that's not good. After the death of my cousin a week ago, it's been worse. But I haven't caved and I'm proud of that. Now that I'm eating healthier, I've noticed a positive change. I'm losing weight! It's a relief.
Edited by: DEMETERLOVES2 at: 4/24/2014 (02:56)
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I've been vegetarian for many years and it has helped me in many ways, but not with weight loss. I love avocados, nuts and nut butters, crackers, and all kinds of stuff that is vegetarian but can add up fast in a caloric way. Too bad for me!
I think staying away from meat does help with weight loss but it won't do all of the work for you. I didn't go vegan with weight loss in mind, but when I did I lost 20 pounds in four months without even trying.I looked and felt much better, but I was still obese. It wasn't until last year when I really paid attention to the total calories I was eating and increasing my exercise that the rest of the weight began to come off.
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I haven't been vegetarian long enough to know if weight loss will be easier or not, but I do know that I'm far more energetic, oddly enough getting more protein, and definitely getting more vitamins and minerals now that I'm vegetarian. I also noticed that working out is easier and it's easier to stay in my calorie range with vegetarian eating. Overall I seem to be a lot better off on this path :)
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This is definitely the way to go. I also can't help but consider how much better this is for the planet too. My son's class on green technology didn't hesitate to point out the water usage that results from meat consumption, not to mention the greenhouse gases.
I feel lots better with this diet. There are so many more antioxidants and other phytochemicals consumed when you eat a plant-based diet.
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Yes the McDougall program is excellent I agree . I only eat an egg about once a month as my daughter's chickens are free to roam all over our beautiful village and eat an organic diet ,they are also free to hatch their eggs when they need to and we never kill the males that hatch but let them live on the land or go to those who need a cockeral. They are our friends and we respect them. I would never eat shop bought eggs . If you pass through our village you will see chickens roaming everywhere. I am rambling so forgive me !!!!! I just love my life , Many Blessings be yours.
I pretty much agree with what JANKENT said. I was never able to reach a goal weight before after trying for decades. Up and down over and over and over. After finally changing my lifestyle I reached my goal and then went 14 pounds under what I thought was my goal to where I am now and I stay here with no problem..... No UP again... I have been here for over a year with no problem... I used Dr.Mcdougall's Maximum Weight Loss or Starch Solution plan. (Library). The food is delicious... the food is easy to cook because you can find all the food in your local grocery store. You get more healthy.... all is good.
( I never eat eggs once I found out that the FDA wouldn't let them use the terms SAFE or HEALTHY in their advertising. That is why they had to use the slogan "The incredible Edible Egg". Isn't that sadly funny? ) Good luck to you... You can get there too.
Eating vegetarian/vegan helped me lose the weight. It also helps that I don't eat deep fried foods anymore. I used to love tempura everything! And my waistline showed it. Now I eat healthy and water saute my veggies if I am making stir fry.
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Hello, I am quite convinced that the vegetarian/vegan diet is indeed the very best diet not only for health ( see The China Study by T Colin Campbell ) but also for steady weight loss and maintenance . I have lost 56 lb by following a vegan diet .I am almost vegan now but do occasionally eat an organic free range egg but do not touch any dairy . I make my own hemp or almond milk . The benefits may be subtle to begin with but they are there never the less. I was due to have a pacemaker for severe arrhythmia but after taking the 30 day vegan challenge I found that my arrhythmia disappeared and has not returned so I do believe in the vegan diet. I used to miss cheese but since I found a good vegan substitute I no longer need dairy cheese. Like cheese, I found a soy yoghurt is just as acceptable aand no longer crave dairy cheese. I wish you well on your journey, Blessed be .
I have only been at this for 2 months now, so it may be too soon to see any of the benefits that I have heard about. However I am noticing that weight loss seems to be a little bit easier with this vegetarian diet. Has anyone else noticed this?
I don't know if there is appetite suppression or if my metabolism has changed or I am just imagining the whole thing. In either of these scenarios, I am still pleasantly surprised that it seems a bit easier to reach my goals.
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