Lose Weight Vegetarian Style

Natural Medical. Today a lot of and more people wish to lose weight. We understand that so many diseases and medical conditions are either caused by or aggravated by our being overweight. The simple truth is we all have genetic flaws that make us susceptible to some condition or another. The fact that we're carrying too very much fat in and on our bodies increases our risks of disease, causes us to lack energy and even mental clarity. Not only are there physical reasons to lose free weight but there are many social and professional reasons to drop a few pounds. The social pressures lead to mental stress which causes physical problems and lead us in a constant circle as we seek to find a simple way to lose weight. Why not give up meat and become a Vegetarian? Many people have become vegetarians for health reasons. Among the main health reasons is to lose weight. But not all vegetarians lose weight. Some vegetarians actually gain weight. I've two friends who where vegetarians. My wife and I'd wonder why they were so big if they did not eat meat, fish or poultry. I've since learned that even though as a protein, meat has the most fat, there are many other ways we gain weight. Excess fat from is just one way we gain weight. We would like to avoid these pitfalls to lose weight. Corn. First have you ever wondered why the cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys are so much bigger today? Simply because the farmers fatten them up. The primary means to fatten them up is corn, a vegetable. When we eat corn many times it comes out of our stool because we cannot fully digest it like other animals. But, corn flour, corn meal and millet have had the tough outer shell broken down and makes it more easily digestible. Even pop corn has had the tough outer shell broken for our consumption. There's a theory to just avoid the excess salt and butter and popcorn could be a low calorie healthy snack. Well it is low calorie and healthy, but popcorn with no butter or salt can help you gain weight just like the cows who are fed corn to fatten them up. We shouldn't totally avoid corn but like many other things we shouldn't eat too much of it. Fruit. A Vegetarian diet is primarily fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and beans. With these food groups anyone can eat a well balanced diet if they had the diversity and variety to provide all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients we need. The term is Vegetarian because that should be the predominant food you eat. Many of the same vitamins and minerals are found in both fruit and vegetables. There is not one source for any nutrient. Generally, fruit taste better than vegetables to many people. Therefore they eat more fruit. The one characteristic of fruit is they're generally higher in fructose than vegetables. Fructose is a natural sugar found in fruit and vegetables. Natural fructose found in fruit and vegetables usually is not a problem and is very helpful to the body if you don't eat too much of it. That's why the USDA suggest 3-4 servings of fruit daily and 4-5 servings of vegetables daily. Many vegetarians eat more fruit and therefore gain weight. FRUIT IS GREAT FOR YOU. But if you eat more than 5-6 servings of fruit daily and you may gain weight. Fruit Juices. Just like fresh fruit, fresh fruit juices have natural fructose that's a sugar. Besides being great for energy, too much fructose causes us to gain weight. It is rare for someone to eat more than 5 to 6 pieces of fruit daily. But when you drink fruit juices you can consume 2-3 or more servings in a single glass. Furthermore fruit juice does not have as much fiber as the whole fruit. The fiber absorbs some of the sugar and is not like getting a straight shot of fructose straight (so to speak). It is even worse when you drink processed fruit juice. The processing takes the natural out and adds back a fructose that goes straight to the blood and eliminates much of the nutritional value and all of the fiber. Commercially made fruit juices (any processed drinks for that matter) provide fewer vitamins, minerals and nutrients and more sugar preservatives and additives. Sugar is the main cause of weight gain. Like fresh fruit, fresh fruit juice is great for you. Just don't drink too much of it. Junk Food. A common mistake of many people who give up meat to lose weight is to replace it by eating more junk food because their body feels it is not full. This is contrary to the healthy diet you choose as a vegetarian. Avoid the urge to overindulge in sweets, deserts and unhealthy snacks. The sugar is addictive. One way to do this is to eat often and to eat small portions. If we eat 5 to 6 times a day and drink 8 - 10 8oz. glasses of water throughout the day we will not feel hunger urges. Be prepared with healthy snacks and get the junk food out of the house.



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