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Should a vegetarian diet help me lose weight?

Should a vegetarian diet help me lose weight?

Yes: The secret is that properly-chosen vegetarian foods don't taste as good and aren't as addictive as the stuff that the rest of us overeat. There's much less grease / sugar / salt and it's actually a smart option, though the other health benefits are (from my reading of the big epidemiologic studies) overrated. Any fitness-focused athletic lifestyle with sensible food choices does you a big favor. ...Read more

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Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Vegetarian running 2 miles a day, will i lose weight?

Vegetarian running 2 miles a day, will i lose weight?

Possibly: Even if you are a vegetarian, there are still plenty of foods that cause weight gain. The key is to burn more calories than what you take in. Keep a diary and have a plan, or better yet, seek out a personal trainer or a nutritionist that can help guide you. You may want to also cross-train. Lifting weights is a great way to burn calories if done correctly. ...Read more

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I am on a lacto-vegetarian diet, will i lose weight if i stick to it?

I am on a lacto-vegetarian diet, will i lose weight if i stick to it?

No: Most people in the developing world seldom eat meat, but nowadays they're as fat as we are, or fatter. I'm sorry anybody told you otherwise. You need to count calories, avoid grease / salt / sugar, eat only to satisfy hunger, and get with some serious exercise. If you can stand to eat only boring food, that will help too -- that's how most "miracle diets" actually work. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is vegetarian diet an effective way to lose weight?

Hoping you can tell me, is vegetarian diet an effective way to lose weight?

Not necessarily : What's effective for weight loss is the proportion of complex carbohydrates to protein to healthy fat. If someone is vegetarian but consumes a lot of processed starch and sugar they will have a hard time losing weight. As a vegetarian it's very important to take into correct amount of protein since a lot if protein is mixed with starch. I have many vegetarian patients are obese and go on a diet. ...Read more

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What are things i can do to lose weight if I am a vegetarian and I have a thyroid problem?

What are things i can do to lose weight if I am a vegetarian and I have a thyroid problem?

Yes: You need to be seen and followed by a physician.You will need to have you thyroid regulated.It does take some vegans a little longer to lose weight if they decrease their protein but you need to team up with a physician that can help you.Get started today ! ...Read more

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So i'm curious if i become a vegetarian and walk 60 to 90 minutes a day, will i lose weight?

So i'm curious if i become a vegetarian and walk 60 to 90 minutes a day, will i lose weight?

Probably: Vegetarianism actually works as a method of weight loss because the stuff you eat doesn't taste as good and there's less tendency to overeat. It's actually a smart move, but if you do become a vegetarian, you'll want to supplement or you'll ruin your health. Your physician is your best guide here. ...Read more

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I'm female 22 years old , vegetarian , my weight 78 kg & my height 167 ,,what should and what i shouldn't eat,,, i wanna diet to lose weight.. & thanx?

I'm female 22 years old , vegetarian , my weight 78 kg & my height 167 ,,what should and what i shouldn't eat,,, i wanna diet to lose weight.. & thanx?

Energy balance neede: You can lose weight but you need to learn about the Energy level(Calories) in foods that you consume. Almost everything we eat has calories, some foods are light, others very rich. At the end of the day you must consume less calories and try to burn more in order to create a Negative energy balance. Then you will lose weight but it will take time,so you have to stick with this plan for the longte ...Read more

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My friend is wanting to be a vegetarian she also want to lose weight what are the foods she must eat and how can she keep that motivation, w/o givin up?

My friend is wanting to be a vegetarian she also want to lose weight what are the foods she must eat and how can she keep that motivation, w/o givin up?

Mostly vegetables!: Most people lose weight on a vegetarian diet but it's best to avoid fried foods & simple carbs.I advise dr. Fuhrman's nutritarian diet: http://www.Drfuhrman.Com/library/what-is-a-nutritarian-diet.Aspx also see http://vegetarian.About.Com/od/vegetarianvegan101/u/gettingstarted.Htm the key to weight loss is permanent diet changes leading to steady weight loss- positive results keep one motivated! ...Read more

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Can being vegetarian help me lose weight?

Can being vegetarian help me lose weight?

Vegetarian: Many people who are overweight are able to lose weight by being physically active and eating a vegetarian diet in moderation. ...Read more

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I am vegetarian looking to lose weight, get in shape again what is best way to do this?

I am vegetarian looking to lose weight, get in shape again what is best way to do this?

The obvious secret: Eat less, exercise more and visit your doctor for physical exam routinely. Nothing crazy, just change your life style. It will take some time to lose, be patient it is an attainable goal. Good luck. ...Read more