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Is a vegetarian diet an effective way to lose weight?

I’m about to graduate from college. This summer I’m working overseas for a study abroad program. I’m trying to lose some weight before I go. I’m doing some aerobics to get my body prepared for the P90X workout. Here is what I’m asking. Will a vegetarian diet help me lose weight effectively. The only meat I eat is tuna. Other than that, I consume eggs, milk, beans, or peanut butter for my protein source.

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6 Responses to “Is a vegetarian diet an effective way to lose weight?”

  1. happyjello said :

    I have started this Diet (lifestyle change) in the middle of November at 140lbs, and now at 117lbs

    A DIET IS WHAT YOU EAT….there for we are all on a diet….

    You got the change the way you think and feel about food

    TRY THIS, and stick to it.

    The first 3-4 weeks are the hardest until your body adjusts to the change.
    Results will be in about the same time

    Fruits and Veggies

    Eat more plants and keep away from stuff that was made in plants.

    Don’t eat anything that comes in a can, box or package….
    If man made it, don’t eat it

    NO white BREAD or SUGAR

    NO PIZZA, I am in the pizza business, and it is not good for you, very high in FAT and Calories


    Stay away from FAST FOOD


    Walk your dog, or walk a friends dog

    Don’t think of it as a diet, but think of it as a lifestyle change

    I have lost 28.5 pounds in 3 months, drink lots of water. I usually eat a meal of what ever I want once a week….controlled portion….this really works………

    Write down every thing you eat

    take a multivitamin at night

  2. {}.m®.X.{} + the.alex. smasher said :

    vegetarian diets are good for losing weight, as they dont have as many grams of fat, carbs, protein, all that other stuff that makes your body pack on mass. but i know some vegetarians that are fat and some people who eat lots of meat who are super skinny. its not a sure-fire way to become skinny. its a start though

  3. booboo200319 said :

    do the veggie diet and start the cardio up. even running every other day at a slow pace burns calories. fruits and veggies is all i eat, and salads. soups are not bad, i try and look for low calorie soups from Progresso, they even have the weight watchers points on em. and just drink water. you will see results quick. CARBS ARE THE ENEMY, hehehe

  4. kanha said :

    What is your current body mass index? If your BMI>= 30 than you are overweight and you need to lose some weight 🙂
    Do you prefer to work out or tried some medicine to lose weight?

    Diet that is devoid of fat but is rich in essential vitamins and minerals that can be got from fruits and vegetable. It is best to avoid fat-laden foods like chocolates, snacks and biscuits.
    Avoid eating yellow part of egg and butter.
    Buddy I have found good article for you:
    GO through the article defiantly help you to boost you energy to lose weight.

  5. Richard E said :

    Can’t say i’ve dieted much, but this may hamper your weight loosing effort. Your body can burn almost any fuel from food: sugars, fats, proteins can be converted to get you going. But your brain is picky, it will only go by sugars, or if nothing is available, protein. If you would quit eating now, your body could do with the fats it stored during the fat years. but your brain would start to consume muscle tissue to get its need of sugars. The brain is very energy consuming, i think it uses up to 10 percent of your total energy demand.

    So when dieting you need sugar. but “ordinary” refined sugar will make your blood sugar level spike: it is taken up quite instantly. the body reacts with a gush of insulin, overshooting the sugar content as the sugar is used up. to much insulin causes you to crave for more sugar.
    so the trick is to eat slow sugars: nice whole grain bread for instance.
    also, if you are also working out to gain muscle, you’ll need protein (well, kinda obvious)

    So the point is that you’ll keep on craving for food if you concentrate to much on avoiding such and such food ( although there is no need for refined sugar, i think) for me a balanced diet (a little animal, lots of veggies and fruits, grains), helps to me to avoid eating to much, while retaining strength to benefit from workouts. Well no wiki ref. or scientific article to back this up, just personal experience

  6. Madona said :

    Early in the morning before you eat, your levels of muscle and liver glycogen (stored carbohydrates) are low. If you eat dinner at 7 p.m. and you eat breakfast at 7 a.m., that’s 12 hours without food. During this 12-hour overnight fast, your levels of glycogen slowly decline to provide glucose for various bodily functions that go on even while you sleep. As a result, you wake up in the morning with depleted glycogen and lower blood sugar – the optimum environment for burning fat instead of carbohydrate. How much more fat you’ll burn is uncertain, but some studies have suggested that up to 300% more fat is burned when cardio is done in a fasted, glycogen-depleted state.


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