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Weight Management And Vegetarianism
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can decrease the chances of coronary heart disease and reduce the risk of several cancers. A balanced vegetarian eating plan can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of developing diverticulitis, and protect against cataract and macular degeneration, the major cause of vision loss among people over age 65.
But not all vegetarian diets are balanced or healthy. After all, a veggie diet is simply a non-meat (and maybe non-animal food) eating plan. If you are a vegetarian and want to reduce weight, here's some advice.
First, a probable cause of your overweight is a high fat vegetarian diet. Perhaps you are eating too many fatty convenience foods, or adding too much cooking oil/fat to your meals.
Second, while vegetarianism has great health benefits, you need to eat a wide variety of foods to ensure a healthy nutritional intake. And if you are vegan or following a macrobiotic diet, you need to eat vitamin B12-fortified foods (eg. breakfast cereal) or take nutritional supplements. Ovo-lacto vegetarians generally obtain all the necessary nutrients from their food.
Third, if you need help to lose weight or find a healthy but EASY vegetarian diet plan, join our weight management program. It includes FREE membership to our awesome Weight Loss Forum with over 10,000 members - many of them veggie dieters - to give you fantastic diet support. And our two vegetarian weight loss plans are ultra-simple!
NOTE: US Dietary Guidelines (2005) For Vegetarians
These advise that although vegetarians may get enough nutrition through careful selection of foods, they should give special attention to their intakes of protein, iron, and vitamin B12, as well as calcium and vitamin D if avoiding milk products. In addition, vegetarians could select only nuts, seeds, and legumes from the meat and beans group, or they could include eggs if so desired. At the 2,000-calorie level, a vegetarian could choose about 1.5 ounces of nuts and 2/3 cup legumes instead of 5.5 ounces of meat, poultry, and/or fish. One egg, ½ ounce of nuts, or ¼ cup of legumes is considered equivalent to 1 ounce of meat, poultry, or fish in the USDA Food Guide.
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