If so, you may find that a well-planned vegetarian diet helps you attain and maintain a slimmer body—plus, enjoy some pretty good health besides. But if vegetarianism beckons more because of your personal philosophy, that's fine too. Whatever the reasons for making healthful dietary modifications, your quest is likely achievable.
For one thing, you can ease your way wholly or partially into a vegetarian diet with small steps and in gradual stages. *I began that way myself with a simple first step: gradually adding more fruits and veggies (F&V) to my diet over time.
Maybe you've been thinking of that yourself (not unlike the Cookie Monster™ himself), which is great, as that way you win a big one. Because...? Because fruits and veggies will likely help you become (and stay) slimmer and more fit, whether or not you maintain an exclusively plant-based diet over the long haul.
*While exploring this site, please understand that I am not a dietitian—just someone who's learned how to "do" vegetarianism by simply doing it. See the disclaimer.
If you're relatively new to vegetarian eating, making your transition
in steps and by degrees really does pay off. By all means, add in some F&V, some grains and legumes, but don't
attempt a dietary one-eighty in just a few days. If you do, your body may find that sudden load of fiber "challenging," to say the least. (Catching my drift here?)
Instead, begin with a simple modification: perhaps easing in one or two more veggie servings every few days and also trying out a different fruit or vegetable now and then. Then, gradually add in more F&V and perhaps a legume or two now and then. You might also begin cutting back on meat, moving as quickly or slowly as feels right to you and also buddying-up to flexibility and compromise.
For example, perhaps you might build your next meal around a hearty meat substitute. Or, simply eat less meat than usual. Instead of an entire steak,
pork chop, or chicken breast, perhaps you might make (or order) a dish with a few pieces of meat among the other ingredients. Yet again, flexibility, compromise, and some imagination pull off the job.
Although some of us may require less protein than once believed, if you drop the meat you will need to pay at least some attention to your protein intake. But already, you're possibly consuming many non-meat proteins: not only grains and legumes, but perhaps also meat substitutes such as tofu and maybe even seitan.
Moreover, if you're not vegan, you'll have the whole spectrum of dairy as well. And don't forget that vegetables themselves often contain protein. The links below will take you to discussions of certain proteins that can work well on a vegetarian diet, but do please understand that there are others as well.
Soy and Seitan
Grains and Legumes
Dairy and Meat Substitutes
Because any healthful change in your eating habits calls for
celebration, please don't beat yourself up for whatever "time-outs" you choose to take during the transition. But keep the fruits and veggies coming, right?
When/If you decide to give some degree of vegetarianism another shot, you can just step onto whatever path feels right to You. And yes, your transition really could be as simple as that: not always effortless, perhaps, but basically simple. Plus, you can find support here and from many, many other sources just for the taking. So, is this the day you go for the slimmer, fitter bod??
I vote yes, but yours is the vote that counts. ;-)
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Vegetarian Diet Tips for a Slimmer, Healthier Body
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