Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Healthy Vegetarian Weight Loss - Tips to Help Overweight Vegetarians Lose Weight & Gain Health by Laura Ng

Losing weight doesn't mean you'll have to sacrifice your health unless you use crash diets, pills, surgeries or other risky weight loss methods. In fact, you can lose fat and gain health at the same time. No special secrets to achieve that. Just do these 4 things right in your daily vegetarian lifestyle, and you'll lose your stubborn belly fat, trim down your cushioned buttock, and remove your thunder thighs naturally as a vegetarian. More importantly, you restore your health and extend your life.

Vegetarian Weight Loss Tip #1 - Eat to Lose Weight

Did you experience this most of the time - you don't really feel full while eating, but when you're done you feel stuffed? That's because it takes your stomach about 10 - 20 minutes to tell your brain whether it's full or not. So, when you eat fast, by the time your brain receives the "full" signal from your stomach, you've already eaten too much, thereby over-consuming calories.

Thus, slowing down your eating speed gives your stomach ample time to register satiety with your brain, so you won't heap on excess calories. I suggest that you take 20 - 30 minutes to savor your meal.

Next, instead of taking 3 big-portion meals a day, break them into 5 smaller meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus 2 snacks slotting in between the main meals. Eating this way will keep your body metabolically active throughout the day in order to burn fat continuously.

Effective vegetarian weight loss begins with eating vegetarian diet the healthy way.

Vegetarian Weight Loss Tip #2 - Drink to Lose Weight

In cold weather, you don't sweat much, hence your body retains water easily. If you still drink 8 glasses of water (as parroted by most people), your body's water mass may shoot up to cause an imbalance in your sodium (and other electrolytes) level, resulting in water poisoning (hyponatremia) that triggers seizures, brain damage and even death.

Besides, your fiber intake and other liquid intakes (like soup, fruit juice, etc) also contribute to your body's hydration condition. More fiber intake will make you feel thirsty easily as fiber absorbs water for smooth excretion. So you may need to drink more water for that reason. On the other hand, you may not need to if you had already ingested lots of soup or juices for the day.

So, drink the amount of water your body actually needs for proper hydration and your metabolism will run properly to burn fat and help you lose weight.

Vegetarian Weight Loss Tip #3 - Exercise to Lose Weight

Want to take less time to burn more fat? Choose interval training over cardio.

Interval training is a short burst workout routine such that you raise your workout intensity by 10% and do it for a minute, then drop all the way down to recovery state for another minute, followed by another burst of exercise for a minute and so on.

And the best time to get better fat burning response is before your breakfast. But if you can't make it in the morning due to your shift work, other timings work as well, albeit will burn less fat.

Vegetarian Weight Loss Tip #4 - Sleep to Lose Weight

Honestly, there's no hard-and-fast rules on how many hours you should sleep. But just make sure you turn in before 11 P.M. as studies show that our bodies work optimally between 11 P.M. and 2 A.M. at repairing body cells and tissues.

Having more healthy cells and tissues will definitely improve your metabolism since it is your cells and tissues that metabolize your calories to fuel your bodily functions, after all.

Bonus Tip for Effective Vegetarian Weight Loss

When you apply the aforementioned weight loss techniques, you should naturally visit toilet at least once a day for "big" business. That's good. But sometimes your stressful workload might hinder your call of nature. Leaving waste in your body for too long will intoxicate your body and impair your fat burning capability. Hence, block out 30 - 45 minutes a day to calm yourself down to help improve your bowel movement. A well cleansed and detoxified body will lose weight at its peak, particularly when you're a vegetarian.