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Vegetarian Weight Loss

by Richard Hill, Ph.D.

Vegetarian Weight Loss for Big Eaters

For people who really like to eat, the worst part of losing weight is decreasing portion size. But if you become a full time or even temporary vegetarian, weight loss is almost automatic. You can lose a pound a day or more, no matter how huge your portions.

Here's the secret of vegetarian weight loss for the person who loves large meals:

Vegetarian Weight loss tip # 1: Eliminate all meat from your diet

Vegetarian Weight loss tip # 2: Eliminate all dairy products from your diet

Vegetarian Weight loss tip # 3: Eliminate all bread, pasta, and oils (refried beans, margarine, cooking oil, peanut butter) from your diet.

I know--you're thinking, "So what do I eat for vegetarian weight loss? Grass? But once you eliminate the foods that really put on the weight, you can throw away your calorie book and eat all you want of delicious fruits, huge salads, and your favorite cooked vegetables---and still lose more weight than friends who are starving themselves or following various bizarre high-protein diets.

Here's some sample vegetarian weight loss menus:

Vegetarian Weight Loss Breakfast: Get a big bowl and fill it with fruit you like: oranges, grapes, apples, pears, persimmons, watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, nectarines---there are so many delicious fruits that you can have plenty of variety. Dig in and eat fruit until you're stuffed. We think we need "food that sticks to the ribs" for breakfast, but you will have the same full, satiated feeling with a few pounds of fruit as you would have with ham, eggs, and pancakes. Try it, you'll see.

Vegetarian Weight Loss Lunch: Have a salad first---not a puny dinner salad with iceberg lettuce, a slice of tomato, and a gob of high-fat Thousand Island, but a huge, real salad. Shred some cabbage and carrots for a base, then add a whole tomato or two, sliced as you like it. Try some Romaine lettuce, radishes, kale, endive, raw spinach---fill a huge bowl with raw vegetables and go to it. Half an avocado is okay once in a while; avocados are supposed to be high in fat, but a half is okay. For dressing, try the juice of half an orange squeezed over the top. For variety, try the juice of half a lemon.

After the salad, have a large portion of mixed steamed vegetables: potatoes, carrots, parsnips, cabbage, spinach, sweet potatoes---whatever strikes your fancy. Use soy sauce to season, or anything but butter, margarine, etc. Eat all you want---stuff yourself---you'll feel just as full as if you had a triple burger, fries, and milk shake, but you'll be losing weight.

Vegetarian Weight Loss Dinner: Same as lunch, only different vegetables. Once in a while, you can have steamed brown rice and tofu with your vegetables. Or try a vegetarian chili recipe, keeping the chili to beans, vegetables and whatever spice combination you prefer. Have seconds, have thirds---you'll still lose weight.

Vegetarian weight loss is the key to dieting for people who hate to diet. You may think you're craving this or that, but once you eat the meals, you'll feel full and satisfied, and you'll lose weight rapidly, especially if you exercise. No need for fancy exercise, either---work up to walking 2-3 miles per day, stick to the diet, and the pounds will melt away, without ever having that "empty" feeling. Sounds too easy, but it works---try it for two weeks, and you'll be amazed.

Rick Hill, Ph.D. writes articles, fiction, and poetry and teaches writing at the college level. His new book of poems, No Hands, can be ordered here.

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