Losing weight and switching to a vegetarian diet.

  • MojoJojo

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    Jan 19, 2013 1:04 PM GMT
    So I gained a lot of weight (50 lbs) I dont look like I weigh as much as I do since I dispence my weight pretty well throughout my bod. I am adjusting to a vegetarian diet and was wondring if there were any vegetarians and or vegans that could give me any tips. maybe possibly some recipes.
  • vodka_cran

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    Jan 19, 2013 8:46 PM GMT
    In my opinion, the biggest thing to watch out for when switching to vegetarian diet is your carbs. It's very easy when you first switch to go overboard on the pasta, bread and other carbs. Personally I am a pescatarian, so I generally try to just replace the meat with fish cooked in a healthy way. If you are still eating dairy, cottage cheese is a great food for getting protein as well and can be put into a number of dishes to increase the protein amounts.
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    Jan 19, 2013 11:41 PM GMT
    I, too, am cutting most meat out of my diet. I eat only chicken, turkey & seafood. Moreover I only have 1 of those each day; if I have chicken @ lunch, then vegetables only for dinner. My favorites are vegetable flatbread pizza, hummus with chopped up cucumber & tomato on pita, butternut squash soup. Also, spaghetti squash is a good sub for real pasta. Use more white fiber pasta also. I'm Italian, there are some great healthy eggplant recipes as well. Check out

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/everyday-italian/index.html

    And

    http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/extra-virgin/index.html

    For some good recipes. Use words like: eggplant, squash, zucchini, asparagus, etc as a search term in the recipe search engine @ those websites.

    Also, it made a big difference to cut French fries out of my diet.

    keep your willpower strong, it gets easier except at the holidays.

    Cheers!
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    Jan 20, 2013 6:28 AM GMT
    Yes, listen to these guys. I'm not a vegetarian but that one's I've known have proven that it's not necessarily healthy given their preference for having their vegetables breaded, fried and dolloped with melted cheese.
  • MojoJojo

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    Jan 20, 2013 9:13 AM GMT
    Thanks. I don't really eat the much bread to begin with. So far the only thing I have been eatting are salads and some vegan chilli snacking on fruits and veggies. Don't really have much of an appetite since I'm currently sick with pneumonia . I also have concern about still being able to build muscle . Will this have a great effect being a vegetarian? Much more you look pretty big. So I'm guessing no
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    Jan 20, 2013 4:06 PM GMT
    The muscle building thing worried me too. I usually have an Ensure Complete nutritional drink once each day. They're 350 calories, but super-nutritious.
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    Jan 20, 2013 5:35 PM GMT

    For recipes I would look at the following. Both are good resources.
    http://www.theppk.com/recipes/
    http://vegweb.com


    For workout related stuff and support from other veg people I would used the forums here:

    http://www.veganbodybuilding.com

    Yeah it says vegan but there are plenty of people from across the entire veg spectrum including a few professional body builders who offer up suggestions.
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    Jan 21, 2013 2:27 AM GMT
    MojoJojo saidSo I gained a lot of weight (50 lbs) I dont look like I weigh as much as I do since I dispence my weight pretty well throughout my bod. I am adjusting to a vegetarian diet and was wondring if there were any vegetarians and or vegans that could give me any tips. maybe possibly some recipes.
    That's what YOU think.

    <-- Used to be 70 lbs heavier.
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    Jan 21, 2013 2:37 AM GMT
    The vegetarian diet isn't going to make you lose weight, it's the fact that vegetables have fewer calories than whatever you were eating before. I would not recommend anyone just start a vegetarian diet without knowing how to plan meals for yourself. You'll likely end up protein-iron-zinc deficient unless you are consciously including certain foods/groups because you know to look out for that.
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    Feb 12, 2013 2:35 AM GMT
    As a vegetarian and one who trains on a regular basis getting the most of what I eat is critical to me.

    I primarily get the bulk of my daily protein from low fat cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, and whey protein.

    I do like to have beans almost everyday in one form or another and I do get additional protein as well as healthy carbs and fiber from high protein cereals as well oatmeal and all natural granola bars.

    I like to have a fair amount of fresh fruit and vegetables everyday as well.

    When I have the time to cook there are more vegetarian recipes out there than you'll ever have time for.

    A bit of advise if your switching to a vegetarian diet to loose weight that is not a good reason and there are much easier ways to loose weight.

    I'm a vegetarian strictly for the health benefits and it was a natural fit for me on my journey to achieve "chemical" free living although that is still tough given how our society likes chemicals.

    If you decide to stick with it the great news is your body develops a taste for health food and the energy benefits you will yield from eating right are incredible.

    Good luck man, it's worth the work!