Thursday, November 20, 2014

Guest Post: Is A Vegetarian Diet Plan For You?

Guest post today by Ron McDiarmid!


Is A Vegetarian Diet Plan For You?

If you want to lose your weight and change your diet for the better, a vegetarian weight loss plan may be something to consider. Many have found that adopting a vegetarian lifestyle has brought them tremendous health benefits, one of which is weight loss. It’s also true that many fit and healthy-looking celebrities who are fit credit the vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.

There are many great health benefits to eliminating meat from your diet, but it’s important to be aware that if you do this, you will have to make sure you get enough protein from other foods such as soy and nuts. You can also get the protein-packed healthy fats you need form eggs, cheese, milk, yogurt, and other dairy products. Eliminating meat, especially red meat, can drastically lower your cholesterol. And where it comes to being able to get all the nutrients you need and still lose weight, a vegetarian weight loss plan is preferable to going completely vegan.

The Vegetarian Weight Loss Plan

The vegetarian weight loss plan is pretty simple. Fill up on fruits and vegetables first. This is because vegetables can be very filling. They are also very versatile, able to be eaten raw or cooked, and seasoned in many different ways to make them delicious. Dark and leafy green vegetables like spinach and broccoli as well as carrots, beans, peppers and the like can offer your body excellent benefits. You can create a vegetable stir-fry using soy sauce and serve it over a small bed of healthier brown or basmati rice for an excellent light vegetarian lunch or dinner.

The most important thing to remember while on a vegetarian weight loss plan is to eat foods that are healthy but filling. Any foods you eat must be high both in fiber and in protein. These foods include vegetables like kale, which actually contains more minerals, vitamins, fiber and protein than a lean cut of steak. Eating plenty of fiber and protein means that you’ll rarely feel hungry or be tempted to snack on those foods which contain empty calories. But just because a food is considered to be vegetarian, does not always mean that it’s healthy. And so it’s important to keep your eyes open.

Foods To Avoid While On This Plan

If you’re trying to stick to a vegetarian diet plan, doctors recommend against eating too much bread, cereal, pasta, and carbs in general. The aforementioned foods tend to be high in calories but offer very  low nutritional value. And while it’s true that dairy is good for you, it’s important to try and not drink full-fat milk or eat full-fat cheese. High calcium and vitamin D without the fat can be found in skim or one percent milk. And your body’s protein needs can be well met with cheeses that are lower in fat.

It’s never been easier to discover how to make your own vegetarian diet plan work for you. There are thousands of tasty and delicious vegetarian recipes available. Many vegetarians say that they don’t miss meat. However, it’s important that you don’t expect to see results immediately from this type of weight loss plan. It will take time, especially if you are trying the vegetarian route for the first time. But after a couple of weeks, you should start to slim down and feel healthier as well as more energetic.

This post is contributed by Ron McDiarmid, who is the founder of My Healthy Living Coach. Having had health challenges along the way Ron was keen to share the research and learning he gathered. Through MHLC this continued into a current presentation of healthy lifestyle choices and how to implement them. Check out his website at

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