Vegetarian diets cause major weight loss

April 1, 2006
Blog Entry, Health

A scientific review in April’s Nutrition Reviews shows that a vegetarian diet is highly effective for weight loss.

Vegetarian populations tend to be slimmer than meat-eaters, and they experience lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other life-threatening conditions linked to overweight and obesity. The new review, compiling data from 87 previous studies, shows the weight-loss effect does not depend on exercise or calorie-counting, and it occurs at a rate of approximately 1 pound per week.

Rates of obesity in the general population are skyrocketing, while in vegetarians, obesity prevalence ranges from 0 percent to 6 percent, note study authors Susan E. Berkow, Ph.D., C.N.S., and Neal D. Barnard, M.D., of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

The authors found that the body weight of both male and female vegetarians is, on average, 3 percent to 20 percent lower than that of meat-eaters. Vegetarian and vegan diets have also been put to the test in clinical studies, as the review notes. The best of these clinical studies isolated the effects of diet by keeping exercise constant. The researchers found that a low-fat vegan diet leads to weight loss of about 1 pound per week, even without additional exercise or limits on portion sizes, calories, or carbohydrates.

“Our research reveals that people can enjoy unlimited portions of high-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to achieve or maintain a healthy body weight without feeling hungry,” says Dr. Berkow, the lead author.

“There is evidence that a vegan diet causes an increased calorie burn after meals, meaning plant-based foods are being used more efficiently as fuel for the body, as opposed to being stored as fat,” says Dr. Barnard. Insulin sensitivity is increased by a vegan diet, allowing nutrients to more rapidly enter the cells of the body to be converted to heat rather than to fat.

Earlier this month, a team of researchers led by Tim Key of Oxford University found that meat-eaters who switched to a plant-based diet gained less weight over a period of five years. Papers reviewed by Drs. Berkow and Barnard include several published by Dr. Key and his colleagues, as well as a recent study of more than 55,000 Swedish women showing that meat-eaters are more likely to be overweight than vegetarians and vegans.

From PCRM, filed under vegan weight loss diet


Vegetarian diets cause major weight loss

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  54. mary December 24, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    It surprises me that you don’t see a savings in your grocery bill since you stopped eating meat. My bill was cut in half. I think maybe it could be because I don’t shop at the health food store. Sometimes I go just for fun to look around and I will treat myself to the odd thing, but I couldn’t afford to go all the time. All my veggie burgers are scratch and my hummus is homemade and I don’t think I have opened a can of soup in ten years. Everything is from the ordinary supermarket. Indian stores are the best. Every kind of cheap bean and spice you could want. I spend thirty dollars a week on my food. I couldn’t do that if I ate meat, no way. But it does take a little time in the kitchen, but it is so worth it.

  55. Peter October 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    I recently changed to a vegan diet 5/30/11 for health reasons (high cholesterol for the last decade). Not only has my cholseterol dropped from 230 to 185 in less than 5 months but I have dropped more than 20 lbs and went from tight 34 inch pants to loose 32s. I am not 100% vegan, I do cheat a little with cheese and I have not eliminated all oils (as some diets suggest). One comment though, as Satish says you are saving money, I don’t find that to be the case, although I am not buying expensive cuts of beef or fish, some of the other specialty items to support a vegan diet are making up and possibly exceding what I was spending before. But who can put a pricetag on health.

  56. Jade September 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    I lost half my body weight when I became a vegeterian for 7 months I lost 100 lbs I didn’t even realise I was losing so much I still ate my. Carbs and had lots of soya products

  57. sarah walker September 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    didnt know going vegan could help lose weight maybe i should try it out. thanks for the info

  58. satish July 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    I have also heard about several success stories where people who switched to vegan diet lost weight without exercise. By eating a plant-based diet, you are not only saving money but also get antioxidants that help you lose weight. Also, a vegetarian diet tends to be low in calories and saturated fat.

  59. Kassie July 1, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    I know some people don’t lose weight on a vegan diet… However, I have been vegan for just under 4 months and have lost 48 pounds! You lose a LOT of weight very quickly in the beginning because meat and dairy gunk up your intestines, and can cause lots of extra poundage. The fiber you consume from all the plant-based foods helps cleanse your body of this rotting animal material. Then in the long run, your cholesterol-free, low fat, wholesome diet will help you lose a lot more weight. I don’t know if it’s true, but I’ve heard steak can stay in your bowels for weeks.
    Anyway good for you for losing 13 pounds! If you read this, let me know if you stuck with it, and how that went for you. For the first time in my life I feel like a healthy weight is attainable, I am so happy to be vegan.
    Also I think it should really be noted that the more healthy, whole foods that you consume as a vegan doesn’t just affect your body weight and energy levels. It helps level your emotions (in a good way!) and, at least for me, has helped me make healthy choices completely. I’ve even been able to quit smoking and I truly believe my healthy vegan diet has a lot to do with it.
    But it is important to eat natural, whole foods. If the ingredient label has a word that you cannot pronounce, it’s best that you not eat it, otherwise it’s entirely possible to gain weight on vegan diet, or just vegetarian.
    Good luck to anybody who decides to go down this path, it is likely the best decision I ever made!

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  62. Pinks April 11, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    I don’t think that the article shows the full story. I am vegetarian myself. Became one for some reasons or other but it was after I had already lost 4 stones and now I maintain my current weight. However, I know many vegetarians who are overweight. Since eliminating meat from their diets, they replaced it with bread, potatoes and sugary and processed food products. So maybe, overall, there is a link between vegetarianism and weight loss but I had not witnessed it myself, as “vegetarianism” not always equals to “healthy”. As a vegetarian, I would love to believe that but it is not always the truth. Being vegetarians, some of my friends still find it equally difficult to choose healthy options over the not healthy ones as when they used to eat meat. The truth is that they became veggies not solely to loose weight but from environmental, ethical etc reasons; however, it still leaves some of them with the feeling of being somewhat cheated (the belief of many: “you’re vegetarian = you should be thin!”). So vegetarians cannot advertise vegetarianism alone as a way of loose weight. The statement that the vegetarianism makes you loose weight should be followed by the sentence: “when you choose healthy foods (non-processed, fresh fruit and veg without added sugar and additives)”.
    And also, you put on weight simply because your energy intake (measured in calories) is higher than the energy you use (I am talking of healthy people, some weight gain can be due to thyroid gland or other hormonal issues). Surplus of energy (too high calorie intake) is stored as fat. You loose weight either by decreasing the intake (diet) or increasing the use (exercises). So it is not entirely true that counting calories is rubbish. The reason some veggies (the ones that eat healthy) loose weight is that most of fruit and vegetables are naturally low calorific and they stimulate faster burning of the energy (calories) so still their calorie intake is lower than the use and this is what is visible on the scales, not being vegetarian alone.
    Although most of the fruit and veg is low in calories, some of them are not. Two avocado fruits (and I can easily put both of them into my sandwich) can have up to 500 calories (same as a small steak portion or a BigMac) but here’s a reason why eating them stimulates weight loss: Fruit and veg apart from obvious health benefits of being full of vitamins and nutrients, are made of carbohydrates that are more easily digested. Those sugars release energy slower so they keep you fuller for longer and they do not provide you with sudden energy highs and drops like refined sugars do therefore you don’t crave sugary foods or more food than you actually need. Besides, they are high in fiber that makes them even quicker to go through our digestive systems.
    The stress of vegetarian diet should be on choosing fruit and veg over other products rather than just cutting out the meat for the sake of it.
    What I’m trying to say that the issue is more complicated than a simple statement: vegetarian=thin

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  64. Anonymous December 27, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    What did u do to lose 13 pounds in a week?

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  67. Lorna Kay October 11, 2010 at 12:46 am #

    It’s not quite as simple as that. Check out wider research about nutrition and how our bodies respond to different foods and you’ll learn how and why.

  68. Lorna Kay October 11, 2010 at 12:44 am #

    A vegan diet is very easy with regards to ensuring protein levels as fruit and vegetables and pulses/beans have varying amounts of protein. It is a well known myth bornr out of nutrional ignorance that only animal products have protein – this is completely untrue The protein from plant and fruit sources are wonderful and have the added advantage of being naturally low in fat, as well as being far more nutritionally dense.
    You may want to check out vegan society websites for education on protein and vegetarianism/veganism.

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    Regardless of what some vegetarians and vegans may tell you, vegetable protein is not more efficiently used by the human body. The reason you’ve lost additional weight? Its about calories. You are now eating more lower-fat, higher fibre foods so less calories. Nothing magic going on here.

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  75. Lisa Foley September 13, 2010 at 3:53 am #

    Really great article. As a Wirral Personal Trainer I spend a great deal of my time advocating healthy eating principles to my clients.The great thing about a vegetarian diet is it often complements a low saturated fat and high fibre diet so often recommended by nutritionists. It also constitutes a ‘greener’ or ‘lower carbon footprint’ approach to eating, which is so critical in today’s world.The challenge for many vegetarians, however, is finding a lean protein substitute to meat as many end up eating lots of cheese which is high in saturated fats.if this balance is managed though, it definitely results in decreasing the risk of cancers, heart disease, and high cholesterol, as well as controllling weight.

  76. breni23 September 2, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    **also very important…people who say all or most vegetarians are anemic,are wrong,you do not necessarily have to take iron supplements if you are eating enough greens…isn’t that the idea behind vegetarianism anyway? if you are going to claim being a vegetarian you have to eat vegetables! not just eliminate meat and eat a bunch of garbage instead, that is not vegetarianism…besides, you cannot just take iron supplements without knowing what your iron levels are,it could cause serious health problems if you overdose on iron! please get your facts right before you take supplements!
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  77. breni23 September 2, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    I completely agree, when i was growing up i was a meat eater,that’s how i was raised…i met a vegetarian woman when i was 20 years old…she taught me the vegetarian lifestyle, i went from weighing 140 to 120 and stayed at that weight for 5 years, the only excercise i did was walking 1-2 miles a day…it is a lifestyle change, no counting calories or weighing meat… a true vegetarian eats primarily grains and veggies.those vegetarians who say they are and are overweight are the ones who cut out meat,but still eat excess amounts of cheese,dairy products,sugars and simple carbs.a healthy vegetarian diet consists of mainly lean protein,and complex carbs coming from whole grain,veggies and fruits,this is exactly what most personal trainers want you to eat, only their idea of protein is lean meats. most people starve when they try to lose weight. i was never hungry as a vegetarian..ate plenty of food,felt very healthy and was only sick 1 time in 5 years. when i started eating meat again,within one year i had gained nearly 50 pounds!!! animal fat makes you fat! end of story!

  78. Heather August 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    @H pylori

    I left a lengthy post above, but I’ll add to that, that I think the main benefit I feel after switching many (not all) of my meals to veggies and bean-based protein instead of chicken or fish is that beans not only have a different type of protein, they also have a different type of carb. which is mostly insoluble fiber. Even better for regulating bloodsugar than “grains,” I find I’m rarely hungry and, more importantly, not as tired as I was when I tried restricted carb diets.

  79. Heather August 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    @Trainer

    I have to say, I’ve been lifting weights to stay in shape for 10 years off and on and learned according to the traditional wisdom; chicken breasts are the best way to repair your muscle tissue after working out.

    I’m in my 30s and CANNOT seem to cut my belly fat. I have a sedentary job. I’ve been watching my diet closely for a year; lots of veggies and chicken, chicken, chicken or sometimes tuna.

    The last 4 weeks I’ve gone primarily vegitarian. After my weight-lifting workout in the evenings, I go home and eat a cup of lentils and veggies instead of chicken and small amounts of protein all day long from peanut butter, almonds, chick peas, lima beans, etc. I have to say, I feel great, I’m not hungry in the morning and I’ve found my muscles repair themselves just fine. I really do think my body is using the veggie protein more efficiently.

    I still eat chicken perhaps once a week and fish 2-3 times per week, but this is down from 14 chicken or fish based meals. I’ve only lost 2 lbs, but my tummy is much flatter and I can wear an empire waist dress without looking pregnant :)

  80. Trainer August 3, 2010 at 11:17 am #

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  81. H pylori July 26, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    Although vegitarian food needs less calories to be digested and therefore less food is consumed, but are you sure that the weight loss came from not eating animal protein?

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    A vegetarian diet generally contains less total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol and includes more dietary fiber. Those following the vegan diet enjoy unlimited servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other healthful foods which enable them to lose weight without feeling hungry.

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    thanks a lot

  84. Mike Carson July 19, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    Interesting idea. I’ve tried so many methods over the years, but the first thing to work consistently for me have been the free weight loss programs from http://www.fitclick.com. Hope this can help others!

  85. Natalie July 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    @BillinDetroit

    Wow maybe you shouldn’t blame your wife for your weight coming back on and take some personal responsibility for your own health. Can you not cook your own food? Seriously, grow up.

  86. Natalie July 16, 2010 at 7:36 pm #

    Wow maybe you shouldn’t blame your wife for your weight coming back on and take some personal responsibility for your own health. Can you not cook your own food? Seriously, grow up.

  87. terence July 2, 2010 at 5:12 am #

    Nice blog. Good tips. I do agree with the statement that vegetarian diet causes major weight loss. Some of my friend are personal trainers and one of them always suggest me to eat vegetarian food as I used to take non-veg foods more. He told me the harmful impacts of eating non-vegetarian diets i.e. they contain a lot of fats and calorie and that’s very bad for the body. From that day I started taking vegetarian and green diet and you won’t believe my weight has been reduced to the minimum within a month. That was a great surprise for me. He also told me to do some workouts and exercise that is beneficial for my health and keeps me fit and strong. So, I can say that vegetarian foods are good for our health.

  88. tarannum June 21, 2010 at 12:58 am #

    I am a little bit weighty and have been searching for some good weight loss tips. For this I have consulted many personal trainers and they told me to follow some workouts and exercises using exercise bikes and treadmill. Bnut it didn’t work. Now I thin this vegetarian diet will help me in weight loss. I heard that vegetarians people are more healthier than non-vegetarian. Now I am going to eat only vegetarian diet. Hope it will work.

  89. Anonymous May 13, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    Hello,
    I am a teenage girl and I was not very happy with my body, now I was put in the hospital for taking 5 Stackers it is a weight loss product. Anyways, I decided to become a Vegetarian, I went from 109 to 89 pounds, I don’t look too skinny and follow up with my doctor regularly, I work out to get some muscles and to keep my body strong. But just please, if you are thinking of doing the “Veg” diet please think about risk factors and getting protein and all of that stuff.

  90. nick1 April 20, 2010 at 1:46 am #

    Scientific studies have proven that obesity and overweight are far less prevalent in populations following a plant-based diet. In a recent study of more than 55,000 Swedish women, Tufts University researcher P. Kirstin Newby and her colleagues found that 40% of meat-eaters were overweight or obese while only 25 to 29% of vegetarians and vegans were. Worldwide, vegetarian populations experience lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other life-threatening diseases.
    Weight Loss Boot Camp

  91. Anonymous February 25, 2010 at 11:00 pm #

    I m very appreciated with this article. i get mydiet fitness mantra here. Thanks

  92. 10in10diet.com December 6, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    I think it’s very iffy to lump all vegetarian diets together and promise weight loss. I just saw a ‘nutritionist’ elsewhere give a sample vegetarian meal – it relied on cheese and tofu for protein. Elsewhere I saw a woman blogging about gaining a lot of weight trying to please her vegetarian boyfriend by eating all sorts of fatty fake meat products at least twice a day, and canned soups. If you eat a simple completely whole-foods diet, with no meat and very little milk products and few eggs, you’ll be eating so much fiber it won’t be possible to eat enough to gain a lot of weight, assuming you get reasonable exercise. My program is tightly structured for low cost and efficiency, so that you can eat totally home-cooked meals that are tasty and nutritious, conveniently. I believe the daily cabbage soup at lunch was a big factor in my losing two clothing sizes in a year without trying.

  93. Anonymous June 24, 2009 at 9:52 pm #

    Top 10 easy Steps to Vegetarian Weight Loss: Component of Good Life Fitness
    Vegan Step 1: Throw away all your junk food, white sugar, and all meat.

    Vegan step 2: Join a support group, or find people who already are vegeterians for guidance and support during vegeterian diet change.

    Vegan step 3: Contact your state’s Vegan and Vegetarian society who would be happy to send you a Vegetarian starter pack.

    Veganism step 4: Try out recipes that substitute plant-based alternatives into your old favorite dishes. ie. Veggie burgers, veggie sausages, veggie fish cakes, tofu, or veggie pies, and soy products. Note”: Convenience foods cut out cooking time. Natural food stores stock many such items for you.

    Vegan step 5: Eat less meat and dairy. “if you can’t give up all meats at once, no biggie, just gradually delete them from your diet over a week or so” as you drop these meats implement more and more fresh, raw fruits and veggies. Great way to do this look at raw food diet details. ie. You can also incorporate large salad every day.

    Veganism step 6: replace meat and dairy with wide variety of organic grown vegetables and whole grains breads, beans, rice, nuts, pasts, and cereals.

    Vegan step 7: Don’t worry about protein. There is protein in all whole foods. Human bodies only need 8% dietary protein- that percent is found in an orange!!

    Vegan step 8: Get regular exercise, fresh air, and plenty of water. Enjoy your journey, soon you will have more energy, cleaner body, better skin, plus you will feel much healthier and lighter too!!

    Veganism step 9: Join the vegan community educate yourself more on how the vegetarian lifestyle is a natural way to lower cholesterol and dissolve fatty plaque buildup from arteriosclerosis. This was determined in the China Study.

    Vegan step 10: For all inclusive place to gather info regarding vegetarian weight loss, good life fitness, muscle relaxation techniques, pain and stress reduction, and how to quickly switch the meats for raw food diet.

    note: according to the china study vegeterian and raw food diet will lower your cholesterol for more info please feel free to read more.. click.. http://www.healthylivingmindbody-spirit.com./

    James

  94. Anonymous April 29, 2009 at 12:08 am #

    losing weight can be challenging, i’ve been on a diet for 3 months now, im sticking to it.

  95. Anonymous April 23, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    read the book it has good tips on what u should n should not b eating, as far as exercising goes, do circuit training so u dont get bored, do 15 on treadmill walking, 15 on elipitical, 5 on stair master it l help pass time.

  96. Anonymous April 18, 2009 at 9:27 pm #

    Dear 23 Year old,

    Try taking wheatgrass. I’ve been using wheatgrass since January 1st 2009 and had lost 40 lbs. In addition, make sure you use the product with a multivitamin as well. Your weight will melt away. Overall, wheat grass can be purchase at any whole foods store. Amazing Grass Wheat Grass is one of the best brands. Good Luck!

  97. Anonymous April 12, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    RUDE much? This person is obviously here for help with weight loss. Your hang-up about the ‘etiquette’ of a post is rude and destructive. That is all…

  98. BJS April 6, 2009 at 1:24 pm #

    Please don’t ever, ever type a message in all caps again. On this site or any other.

    That is all.

  99. Anonymous April 6, 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    I AM A23 YEAR OLD AND I WEIGH 240 LBS .1 WAS THIN AS ATEENAGER BUT THE BIRTH OF MY SON FOUR YEARS AGO CAUSE IT AND NOW IT WON’T LEAVE ME ALONE . I AM GETTING PAIN , SHORT OF BREATH AND THAT AWFUL BELLY BULGE . I WOULD LIKE TO LOOK LIKE I DID WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER AGAIN BUT ITS HARD .I AM SO TIRED OF EXERCISING AND DIETING AND ITS NOT HELPING I NEED DRASTIC HELP

  100. Anonymous March 2, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    just post pictures of slaughtered animals on your fridge. watch some videos of animals in factory farms. read books about how animals are raised and prepped for human consumption. If that doesn’t at least motivate your stomach AND your conscience, nothing will….just an idea.
    Also, eating a vegan diet is GREEN. So if you care about the environment or anyone or anything other than your own satisfaction, maybe that can motivate. Just THINK about what youre eating and how it got to your plate. It MATTERS. A LOT and it helps me when I feel the urge to eat a burger. No way man. Id rather eat shit, cause thats basically what meat is anyway.

  101. Anonymous October 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    Weight loss is almost guarenteed and a general feeling of being healthier is reported by most vegetarians and vegans. It doesn’t have to be difficult! There are a large amount of vegan menu options at popular fast food and restaurant chains which can help you curb your cravings while you’re eating out with friends and family. I’ve started a guide here:

    Vegan Diet Menu with Vegetarian Options

  102. Anonymous May 26, 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    my girl crazy, man!

  103. Anonymous May 26, 2008 at 5:19 pm #

    my girl crazy, man!

  104. Anonymous March 4, 2008 at 12:54 pm #

    True veganism…the eating of NO animal products…no dairy, no meats of anykind, no meat/dairy products such as chicken broth or whey, etc…has been found to be the best in respects to health benefits. I chose to become a true vegan for that reason…it is everyones personal opinion and choice to do so for whatever reason. If it is for the benefit of ones health or the earth or animals, that is their own personal choice.. I became a vegan because of the health benefits…I don’t care for the way animals are treated either but that was not my deciding factor. In the months of changing my eating habits, which I didn’t find difficult to do, I feel much better, have lost a considerable amount of weight without watching calories and fats, and my gallbladder, which the doctors wanted to remove is not giving me any trouble… Going vegan has helped me tremendously! I do not look down on anyone for their choice to be a meat eater or vegetarian or vegan… my husband and 4 children are meat eaters… and I think it is a bit silly to get all upset and agrivated over what someone elses choices are in their diet or reasons for choosing a specific diet. We all need to be supportive of others decisions.

  105. Anonymous February 29, 2008 at 1:01 pm #

    Seriously- if you’re eating POUNDS of meat a day! Do you know what a heart attack is? And no- it doesn’t matter if you’re overweight or not, if your arteries become clogged up (regardless of your weight) then you’re going to find yourself w/a big problem. That’s not healthy…

  106. Anonymous January 29, 2008 at 7:58 pm #

    I doubt that it’s the vegetarian aspects of the diet responsible for the weight loss. If you increase consumption of fruits and vegetables you simply have less room for calorie rich foods. Personally, I probably eat a few pounds of meat a day in addition to tons of vegetables and a modest amount of fruit and I have to struggle Not to lose weight. When push comes to shove and I know I’m falling behind on my caloric intake I bite the bullet and eat some grain product or other, which is necessary but regrettable because I feel tons better without grains in my diet.

  107. William Hill January 17, 2008 at 10:20 pm #

    Despite what you may have heard, losing weight isn’t a incomprehensible process. In fact, weight loss doesn’t even have to include odd diets, uncommon exercises or even the use of medication or fitness equipment. So what is the secret to losing weight effectively? Simply make minor changes each and every single day and you’ll slowly but surely lose extra unwanted weight, pound by pound.

    Secrets to Weight Loss

    To lose a sinlge pound, you must burn approximately 3500 calories above what you already burn while conducting daily activities. That sounds impossible doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. Here’s how simple it is.

    1. Calculate your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). Your BMR is what your body needs to maintain normal functions like breathing and digestion.

    2. Calculate your activity level. Use a calorie calculator to figure out how many calories you burn while doing various things like sitting, standing, exercising, etc. throughout the day.

    3. Closely monitor of how many calories you eat. Use a food journal to add up what you eat and drink each and every single day. If you’re eating less calories than you’re burning, you will lose weight.

    Focusing your attention on daily changes is the best way to reach your weight loss goals. Don’t expect to lose weight overnight. Instead expect to lose weight gradually over time. To lose weight gradually over time, is to lose weight the healthy way. When attempting to lose weight it’s important that you always remember, your Health is more important than your Appearance!

  108. BillinDetroit January 10, 2008 at 9:26 am #

    I found the above to be true to the extent that I was able to implement it in my home.

    I also found that my wife, who claimed enthusiasm for changing over to a meatless diet, repeatedly sabotaged both her diet when away from home, and my own at home. Short of being obnoxious at the dinner table by refusing to eat foods she had chosen, I could not get to a strict lacto-ovo vegetariansim, much less my hoped-for vegan diet.

    I must concede that I find the mysticism surrounding a vegan diet to be deeply offensive. DON’T link my becoming a vegan with my becoming a heretic. Adam and Eve … all the way through Noah AFTER the flood … were vegan. Mysticism has NOTHING to do with it but I am extremely touchy about being smeared with that label.

    As a result, all 17 of the pounds I initially lost as a “nearly” vegetarian have returned. Every one of them. I am back to a BMI of 29 and deeply resentful that I have to FIGHT to do this healthy thing.

  109. Anonymous July 30, 2006 at 5:22 pm #

    your friend has real courage to give up meat completely, I tried put couldn’t keep it up for 2 weeks. but i’ve found other ways of loosing weight. I’d recommend Go-advise.com, they have plenty of usefull advice.
    Jen

  110. orlando@gotdesign.net July 5, 2006 at 8:09 pm #

    I find that vegetarian diet’s do work for some, but it does require a strong commitment. I have a friend who was always trying to lose weight, he tried everthing, but was unable to reach his goal. He then told me that he was going to become a vegetarian. Now mind you, this guy loved eating all type of food. In any event, he became a truw vege., took him about 6-12 to get it right. He now looks wonderful, he was went from 312lbs., to 200lbs. I’m very proud of him.

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