Sunday, November 13, 2011

How to Lose Fat for Vegetarians by Laura Ng

Losing fat as vegetarian requires multiple elements to succeed. You can't rely solely on just one or few vegetarian fat loss foods or one fat-burning exercise or two to lose fat effectively. Just like cooking, you need various ingredients to make up a delicious dish.

Sticking to that restricted list of foods and doing the same old workout routine can trigger fat loss plateau. Therefore, I encourage you to play creative with your food choices and the exercises you do. Speaking of that, eating the right type of vegetarian foods and doing the right type of exercises can boost your metabolism and help you lose more fat as a vegetarian.

Let me show you a list of fat loss foods for vegetarians followed by a list of fat-burning exercises that will help vegetarians lose fat fast. Here we go.

Fat Loss Foods for Vegetarians

Artichokes, asparagus, bok choy, green beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chervil, chicory, chives, squash, tomato, corn (cob), cucumber, dandelion greens, kale, parsley leaves, turnips, watercress, parsnips, peas, peppers (green / red), pumpkin, radish, spinach, watermelon, grapes, huckleberry, pear, peach, pineapple, pomegranate, kiwi, figs, etc.

These foods are enough to keep you busy mixing and matching to help you create a 30-day vegetarian fat loss diet meal plan. But they're not comprehensive. As a guide, most vegetables carry low calories and are rich in fiber that makes you feel full easily so you won't feel like eating more food, thus avoiding the opportunity to ingest excess calories you don't need.

For fruits, I would say quite a number of them is safe for fat loss consumption. Fruits like banana, avocado contain quite high calories, and they usually spark controversy because high-calorie foods usually cause fat gain easily.

Here's the fact - if you eat processed vegetarian foods containing high calories but low in fiber, your weight is definitely done for. But for natural high-calorie foods like the fiber-rich banana and avocado, they're very filling. So, they actually help to prevent you from overeating. That's why vegetarians don't gain weight easily with these high-calorie natural foods.

In a nutshell, your vegetarian fat loss diet should always include at least 80% natural food packed with fiber and nutrients. Fiber gives you the bulk and helps to flush out excess calories and toxic wastes from your body while quality nutrients keep your metabolism active to burn more fat.

Note: Nuts and seeds, legumes and other whole foods though not mention here, should also be included because they provide you with key vitamins and minerals your body needs for proper functioning.

Fat Loss Workouts for Vegetarians

Single-joint exercises like crunches and sit-ups do not burn fat effectively. And they can never help you target your belly fat. No exercises can target specific areas. Cardio can't help you lose fat efficiently. If you want to lose fat effectively and efficiently, full bodyweight workouts are what you need.

Here's a list you can do - jumping jacks, pushup, elevated pushup, Spiderman climbs, plank, side plank, prisoner squat, prisoner forward lunge, step-up, lying hip extension, bird dog, ab curl, bicycle crunch.

These are some samples of bodyweight workouts. You can also surf online to find more bodyweight workouts or exercises that use some complementary gadgets to help you achieve various fat loss results. As a vegetarian, you should lose more fat with these fat-burning exercises since you don't consume meat which carries toxins that can slow down the burning of fat.

I've shown you these two sure-fire tips on how to lose fat for vegetarians. How to use them effectively to achieve fat loss will be down to you.