Vegetarian Weight Loss
The first option people go to as a weight loss alternative is to cut meat out of their diet. The vegetarian weight loss alternative has been one of the leading drug-free, exercise free, more satisfying eating method people have turned to for years. Society tries to gravitate toward diet options that don’t require much work (i.e. exercise). The reality (which you don’t want to hear) is that the vegetarian weight loss diet does help to shed the pounds, but if you want to look hot naked, WORK OUT LAZY!
The vegetarian weight loss diet includes less saturated fat and emphasizes more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins — foods are typically more filling and less calorie dense. However, vegetarian diet isn’t automatically low calorie. You can gain weight just as easy as you lose it on a vegetarian weight loss diet if your portion sizes are too big or if eat too many high-calorie foods, such as sweetened beverages, fried items, snacks and desserts. Even soy hot dogs, soy cheese, refried beans and snack bars are extremely high calorie.
SAMPLE VEGETARIAN WEIGHT LOSS DIET PLAN & VEGETARIAN WEIGHT LOSS RECIPES (cited from http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk)
Poached egg and tomato on toast (195 calories)
1 poached egg, 1 slice whole meal toast with 1tsp low-fat spread and grilled tomatoes.
Cream cheese and tomato bagel (250 calories)
1 toasted wholegrain bagel with 2tbsp low-fat soft cheese and 1 tomato.
Shredded wheat and banana (255 calories)
2 Large Shredded Wheat with skimmed milk and 1 small banana.
Bran flakes and fruit (255 calories)
4tbsp bran flakes, 1 small banana, 1tbsp raisins and skimmed milk.
Fruity muesli (260 calories)
3tbsp sugar-free muesli, 3 dried apricots, strawberries and skimmed milk
Milkshake and fruit salad (260 calories)
Banana milkshake made by blending 150ml skimmed milk with 1 pot fat-free banana yoghurt and 1 small banana. Plus a bowl fruit salad.
Scrambled eggs on toast (280 calories)
1 slice whole meal toast with 1tsp low-fat spread, 2 scrambled egg and grilled tomatoes.
Toast and peanut butter (285 calories)
2 slices wholegrain toast with 1tbsp peanut butter and 1 small glass of orange juice.
Fruit salad with yogurt and oats (345 calories)
Bowl of fruit salad, 1 pot low-fat natural yoghurt and 3tbsp oats.
Beans, mushrooms and tomatoes on toast (380 calories)
1 small can baked beans, 1 grilled tomato, grilled mushrooms and 2 slices whole meal toast with 1tsp low-fat spread.
Jacket potato with cottage cheese (295 calories)
1 jacket potato with 6tbsp cottage cheese and salad and fat-free dressing
Hummus, crudités and pitta (300 calories)
1 whole meal pita, ½ small tub reduced-fat hummus and vegetable crudités.
Tropical fruity salad (330 calories)
Iceberg lettuce topped with 6tbsp low-fat cottage cheese, 2 chopped dried apricots, 1tbsp raisins, 1 chopped apple, 1 slice fresh pineapple and 5 crushed walnut halves.
Egg mayo and tomato sandwich (340 calories)
2 slices wholegrain bread filled with 1 hardboiled egg, 1 tomato and 2tsp reduced-fat mayo. Plus 1 pot fat-free fruit yogurt.
Italian salad (345 calories)
Large salad made from ½ small ball reduced-fat Mozzarella cheese, 2 tomatoes and ½ small avocado with salad leaves, basil and balsamic vinegar. Serve with a 5cm piece Granary bread.
Lentil soup and oatcakes (355 calories)
½ carton fresh lentil soup and 2 oatcakes topped with 2tbsp low-fat soft cheese and tomato. Plus 1 orange
Greek salad wrap (365 calories)
1 large tortilla wrap filled with chopped lettuce, cherry tomatoes and cucumber, 50g crumbled feta cheese, 5 sliced olives and 1tbsp tzatziki.
Beans and cheese on toast (370 calories)
2 slices wholegrain toast with 1 small can baked beans and 1tbsp grated reduced-fat Cheddar. Plus a slice of cantaloupe melon.
Cottage cheese and avocado on rye (385 calories)
2 slices rye bread topped with 6tbsp cottage cheese and ½ small avocado. Plus 1 bowl fruit salad.
Mixed bean salad (435 calories)
3tbsp each of red kidney beans, chick peas and cannellini beans with spring onions, cherry tomatoes, green pepper and fat-free dressing. Serve with mixed leaves and 1 whole meal pitta.
Creamy mushroom pasta (285 calories)
Fry 1 small onion, garlic and 1 small pack button mushrooms in a spray oil until brown. Add 150ml veg stock and 50ml dry white wine. Simmer until the liquid has reduced by half. Stir in 2tbsp low-fat soft cheese with herbs and 150g cooked tagliatelle. Mix, heat and serve with salad and fat-free dressing.
Veggie stir fry with rice (390 calories)
Stir fry made from spray oil, 1 small pack of stir-fry veg and 1tbsp reduced-salt soy sauce. Serve with 8tbsp cooked brown rice. Plus 1 slice cantaloupe melon.
Roasted vegetables (380 calories)
Place ½ red pepper, ½ green pepper, 4 thick slices aborigine, 1 sliced courgette and cherry tomatoes in a roasting tin. Brush with 1tsp olive oil and sprinkle with fresh basil. Roast until the vegetables are soft and browned. Top 1 thick slice wholegrain bread with the veggies and ½ small ball reduced-fat mozzarella cheese. Place under a hot grill until the cheese has melted. Serve with salad and fat-free dressing.
Stuffed peppers (425 calories)
Mix 4tbsp cooked brown rice with 1tbsp pine nuts and chopped spring onions, cherry tomatoes and 50g feta cheese. Cut 1 red pepper in half lengthways, deseed, and then fill with the rice mixture. Cover with foil, bake until cooked and serve with salad and fat-free dressing.
Jacket potato with cheese and beans (440 calories)
1 medium jacket potato with 1 small can baked beans, 2tbsp grated reduced-fat Cheddar, salad and fat-free dressing.
Moroccan salad (475 calories)
Mix 8tbsp prepared couscous salad with cherry tomatoes, red onion, coriander, 3tbsp each of chick peas and kidney beans, lemon juice and 1tsp olive oil.
Cheese omelet (510 calories)
Omelet made from spray oil, 2 eggs, skimmed milk and 4tbsp grated reduced-fat Cheddar. Serve with a 10cm piece Granary bread and salad with fat-free dressing.
Veggie fajitas (515 calories)
Slice ½ red pepper, ½ green pepper, ½ red onion, 1 small courgette and 1 carrot. Fry in 1tsp sunflower oil with cajun seasoning until soft and brown. Top 2 large flour tortillas with the veg and 2tbsp each of salsa and grated reduced-fat cheese. Roll up and serve with salad and fat-free dressing.
Egg Florentine (515 calories)
Top some lightly-steamed spinach with 2 poached eggs and 4tbsp grated reduced-fat Cheddar cheese. Place under a hot grill until the cheese has melted and serve with a 10cm piece Granary stick.
Vegetable chili (530 calories)
Make a chili using a spray oil, 1 small onion, 1 red pepper, ½ courgette, chili powder, 1 small can tomatoes, 1 small can kidney beans, 1tbsp tomato puree and 150ml vegetable stock. Serve with 8tbsp cooked brown rice, 1tbsp soured cream and salad and fat-free dressing.
Alcoholic drinks (100 calories)
150ml glass of dry white wine with soda water or red wine or 2 single measures (25ml) of spirits with diet or slim line mixers e.g. gin and slim line tonic or vodka and diet cola.
Healthy fruit Pavlova (100 calories)
1 meringue nest filled with berries and 3tbsp low-fat natural yogurt.
Crisps (100-120 calories)
1 small packet of low-fat crisps or savory snacks.
Tzatziki and crudités (135 calories)
½ small tub tzatziki with vegetable crudités.
Pitta and salad (160 calories)
1 whole meal pita bread with salad.
Fruit salad and yogurt (165 calories)
Bowl of fruit salad with 1 pot low-fat natural yogurt.
Vegetable soup and toast (175 calories)
½ carton fresh vegetable soup and 1 slice wholegrain toast.
Sunflower seeds (185 calories)
2tbsp sunflower seeds.
Nuts (195 calories)
15 unsalted almonds.
Bran flakes with milk (225 calories)
5tbsp bran flakes with skimmed milk and 1 orange
SAMPLE VEGETARIAN WEIGHT LOSS DIET SERVING QUANTITIES PER CALORIE INTAKE
Now go hit the gym and supplement a vegetarian diet for a lean mean, vegetarian machine body!