Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lose Weight for Vegetarians the Easy Way by Laura Ng

If you're looking for easy ways to lose weight as vegetarian, you must know that it'll probably take you slightly longer time to achieve your weight loss goal. You want faster result, you'll have to use somewhat hardcore techniques. Simply put, there's no such thing as losing weight fast and easy, to be honest. However, I encourage vegetarians to begin with the easy way before they progress to the hardcore techniques for smoother transition. Of course, if you want to stick to the easy ways throughout, by all means, you'll still lose weight as a vegetarian at the end of the day, albeit slower.

1. Phase Out Junk Food One by One

One of the main reasons for most overweight vegetarians stems from eating too much prepackaged vegetarian foods. They're convenient, indeed, but too convenient for your belly fat to grow easily.

It's hard to quit them overnight to lose weight due to your already habitual cravings for these vegetarian foods which are high in sugar, sodium and fat. So, list out the vegetarian foods you normally eat in order from the one you like most to the one you like least. Then starting from the bottom, phase out the one you like least and replace it with a healthier choice.

For example, you generate 10 names and the last one is chocolate cookies. Now, replace that with wholegrain crackers. 3 days later, move up the list to get rid of another one or two more, until you replace all your junk vegetarian foods with the healthier options. This way you'll lose weight more easily than those who quit all junk foods in a week. You won't likely suffer rebound effect. And your cravings for them will vanish.

2. Raise Your Metabolism to Burn More Fat

Making wise food choices gradually is one easy way to lose weight as vegetarian, another easy way is raise your metabolism by increasing your physical activities, again, progressively.

Have you been stopping exercising for months? It's not easy to get your butt off the cozy couch and start working out like an athlete. You need to start off with something easy, say, walking.

For example, on Monday morning, you spend 30 minutes for that. In that 30 minutes, you walk at your normal pace for 3 minutes then brisk walk for 1 minute and then normal walk again. This is what we called interval training. This may not result in much fat loss as compared to higher intensity interval training, but it's definitely a good start-off point for you to begin with, especially when you've not been working out for so long.

As you progress through to lose weight the vegetarian style with interval training, you can increase the intensity level week by week such that instead of walking-brisk walking, you can go with jogging-running and so forth. Do the same for any other sports, you'll burn more fat in due course.

3. Find a Weight Loss Vegetarian Buddy

When you have someone having the same goal to lose weight as you, wouldn't that make you even more motivated than working alone? You two can watch over what each other have been ingesting and then remind each other about the goal. But if you can't find one since you may not have an overweight vegetarian buddy, then use your room mirror as your weight watcher. Put your scale near the refrigerator or kitchen where junk vegetarian foods are that you can reach for easily. This way it serves as a reminder for you to stay away from them if you want to keep your weight in check.

Now, these vegetarian weight loss tips may look simple, but it does require certain degree of self-discipline from you to execute to succeed. Start doing now or you'll never get to where you want to be.