Vegetarian Weight Loss
Research shows that vegetarians need to lose weight less than meat-eaters. In fact, overweight and obesity levels are much lower among vegetarians and vegans, who generally have lower body mass index ratings than non-vegetarians.
Vegetarian Diets Don't Eliminate Need for Weight Loss
Even so, vegetarian diets are no guarantee of a healthy weight. Nowadays, convenience vegetarian foods can be just as fattening as non-vegetarian foods - in fact some vegetarian products and recipes may contain more fat than meat-based foods. Over-consumption of these high-calorie convenience foods or 'vegetarian' fast-food causes weight gain just like meat-based foods.
Semi-Vegetarians, Part-Vegetarians and Weight Loss
Although plant foods are generally much lower in calories than animal foods, excess calorie-intake and weight gain is not uncommon among those following a vegetarian diet - especially among semi or part-vegetarians.
How Vegetarian Eating Can Lead to Weight Gain
Healthy Weight Loss and Control for Vegetarians
Whether you are vegan or ovo-lacto vegetarian or simply someone who avoids meat, the secret of successful weight loss is to follow a BALANCED vegetarian weight loss diet and take regular exercise.
For ideas, see Vegetarian Weight Loss Diet
Getting Support to Lose Weight
If you need extra help to reduce weight, you may find it helpful to join a dieting forum or online discussion group. One option to check out is the Anne Collins weight management program, which includes a vegetarian diet plan and an active, friendly diet forum with tons of members. To view her forum as a guest, visit: Weight Management Forum
Vegetarian Diet Information
Vegetarianism is a healthy option and vegetarian
diets can be perfectly healthy eating plans but care should be taken to
ensure optimum nutrition. So, whether following an ovo-lacto or other
type of vegetarian food plan, or vegan diet, for a healthy body and weight
make it a balanced eating plan and take regular exercise. Always consult
a doctor before beginning a weight loss diet or new fitness routine.