Vegetarian Diet Plan

The Top 100 weight loss tips continue with article 57 in this series. As I keep pointing out, the aim is to bring you a total of one hundred unique and different articles that are designed to help you achieve your desire to lose weight.

So this post takes a long hard look at the vegetarian choice of diet plan and how it can be incorporated into a healthy style of eating that promotes good health as well as weight loss.

First up, the term vegetarian diet plan encompasses many alternative diets that rely on the butting out of meat and in some cases fish as well from the list of foods. We are not aiming to review any one particular plan, but are taking an overview look at these types of system altogether.

Vegetarian Diet

Well it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that by cutting out all meats from your diet, you are effectively cutting down on a lot of animal fats that you would otherwise be consuming that in some but not all cases can lead to weight gain. That's because not all fats are bad for you and some are very good for you!

It's just a case of making sure you get the right ones and avoid the bad ones. By cutting out meat, you pretty much make sure you get rid of a lot of the bad ones. But not all of them!

Remember there are some bad fats contained in dairy products. So if you are starting on a vegetarian diet variant and you are increasing your intake of cheeses to counterbalance your sudden lack of steaks, you could actually be doing your self more harm than good from a health perspective.

But a well managed vegetarian diet can bring with it many health benefits as well as the ability to lose weight too.

Fruit and Vegetables

When your food consists mainly of fruits and vegetables as well as fungi (such as mushrooms), eggs, nuts, seeds and grains, as well as olive oil and plenty of plain water, you will find you are getting plenty of the nutrients that your body needs without all the additional weight gaining extras. Not only that, but there is a high level of dietary fiber contained in fresh fruits and vegetables which will give your body a long term detox while you're about it.

Your colon with thank you for opting for a vegetarian diet plan. An ugly statistic states that:

The average American adult is walking around with seven pounds of undigested red meat in their colon.

If making the change to a veggie diet didn't sound so great before you read that, I bet it does now!

Healthy Nuts and Seeds

Nuts such as walnuts and seeds such as flax (linseed) are high in omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Peanuts contain, pound for pound, more protein than steak! Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, collard greens and broccoli contain lots of calcium and other vitamins and minerals.

Honey contains all the major B vitamins. Citrus fruits and kiwi fruits contain vitamin C. Carrots and squashes contain vitamin A. The sun helps your body make its own vitamin D. Vitamin E is in avocados and other fruits. Vitamin K is in bananas.

The list is pretty long as to all the vitamins and minerals contained in each fruit and vegetable to it's not really feasible to go into them all here. That's just an outline to give you some idea what you can get from foods when you cut out meat from your diet.

So if you want to get serious about losing weight, then switching to a vegetarian diet plan will not do you any harm and can do you an awful lot of good!

100 Weight Loss Tips number 56 follows in the next post!


Posted on Fri, 28 Aug 2009 in Top 100 Weight Loss Tips | 3 Comments

Last Updated on Sun, Apr 25 2021

3 thoughts on "Vegetarian Diet Plan"

Sanjay says:

There are many good reasons to become meat free in the diet. Whether completely vegan and giving up all meat products, or vegetarian and retaining things like eggs and dairy products, it is in my opinion far healthier and morally good to eat a diet free of meat. Others may have their opinions, which I respect. This is but mine.

Some in the United States want to lose weight conveniently but remain free from meat. I read this article about a popular diet program with a vegetarian option that you may find interesting.

Trevor says:

Now that's a good load of information on how the vegetarian diet plan can really work for folks. I'm a vegetarian myself, so I know only too well how good this kind of thing is for your health. Keep up with these great posts, man!

Ellie Hughes says:

I am also a vegetarian and my body has never been in a very good shape. Being a vegan can really make you much heathier.`.`

Chris from Healthy Vegetarian Diet says:


When I became vegetarian, 20 years ago, I made the mistake of replacing meat with more dairy products, especially cheese.

The effect was that I gained quite some extra pounds.

After realizing my mistake I cut out all dairy products and within a month I was back on track regarding my weight.

I am not necessarily saying not to eat dairy products at all, but reducing it greatly can just be beneficial for once weight.

Have a great day!