Sunday, October 30, 2011

Vegetarian Weight Loss - 7 Tips to Lose Weight as a Vegetarian by Laura Ng

What is your waistline now? Going vegetarian doesn't mean you'll lose weight and become slim. As technology advances and more processed vegetarian foods "sprout up", your belly fat is growing as big as a non-vegetarian. It's getting hard to differentiate between these 2 groups of people who eat differently now.

Let's take a close look at why you, a vegetarian finds hard to lose weight, which is normally the problem of a meat-eater and then I'll show you how to reverse the situation to help you lose weight as a vegetarian.

1. You eat tons of cheap pre-packaged foods infused with sodium, sugar and saturated fat that are too irresistible to resist. These junk foods stuff toxins in your fat cells thereby impeding the burning of fat as fuel. You gain weight as a result. To lose weight, toss all your junk foods and switch to whole natural vegetarian meals.

2. You're not spared in the agony of stressful workload and household matters. You still have to earn a living and take care of your spouse and kids and so on. Stress can lead you to binge or emotional eating. Exercise to keep stress under control. A stress-free body tends to eat less and will work properly to help you lose weight.

3. You don't sleep early and you don't sleep enough. Like many other people in general, you get hooked on facebook, twitter, other social networking activities and online games. Cut down on these activities. A good night's sleep can dramatically improve your metabolic function and burn fat efficiently.

4. You go with soda, sugar-laced coffee, beer, alcohol and other high-calorie beverages but drink less water. Sugar is but empty calories. Reduce your simple sugar intake and learn to drink more plain water. This reduces unwanted calories from gushing into your body and get stored as fat.

5. Because of your fiber-deficient food intake, you suffer from constipation. Storing waste in your body for 2 days or more can intoxicate your body and make your fat storage difficult to get extracted for energy use. So, include more fiber-rich food in your vegetarian weight loss diet. Get around 25 - 30 grams of fiber per day.

6. You eat too fast. Before your stomach tells your brain its full, you've already finished the entire plate, resulting in over consumption of calories. That said, slow down your eating. Instead of using 5 minutes to finish your food, take 20 - 30 minutes to do so. An effective vegetarian weight loss attributes not solely to burning more calories, but also to be able to prevent excess calories from coming in.

7. You lead a sedentary vegetarian lifestyle with little or no exercise. Now, get on with exercises at least 3 times a week. You'll lose more weight than you can imagine.

Knowing your problems and learning these tips is one thing, but applying them is another story. If you don't apply your knowledge, you'll forever get stuck in this fat piece of skin. I used to be overweight like you, if I can apply these tips to help me lose weight as a vegetarian, why can't you?