With all the fad diets out there these days, it can be challenging having to pick just one. Some of the kookiest ones promise to be miraculous quick fixes, especially if they have celebrity promoters and expert dietitians claiming credit for inventing them. Luckily, you don’t have to start eating only spinach or frozen grapes to get slim.
One simple way to shed the pounds is to go on a vegetarian diet. For those used to eating a certain amount of meat on a daily basis, it can be instinctive to assume vegetarian weight loss will be painful and include months of feeling hungry. This couldn’t be further from the truth. If you love warm, hearty meals and piping hot dinners, you can still eat your heart out on a vegetarian diet and still lose weight.
Contrary to popular belief, vegetarians don’t just eat rabbit food – lettuce and carrots. Before worrying about learning new vegetarian recipes, here are a few reasons to abstain from meat in the first place. After all, no diet can be successful unless you believe it will work. Otherwise, you won’t be able to stick to it.
When you’re loading up on veggies and fruits, you can eat a lot more and get away with almost no fat and very little sugar. The fiber in these foods causes your stomach to feel full so you don’t need to eat unhealthy fats or processed carbs to get rid of the hunger pangs. You lose weight as quickly as though you were fasting without having to feel hungry. Many vegetables even contain “negative calories”, which means your body has to burn fat to create the energy required to metabolize them. If you’re heard of foods that burn fat, this is what that means.
Load up on broccoli and spinach salads for main meals or side courses. To make a salad taste like a complex meal, you need to add a variety of foods to make it taste like a gourmet meal. Spinach salads taste great with strawberries, orange slices and pine nuts or walnuts.
Vegetarian doesn’t mean vegan so you can add cottage or feta cheese as well. The nuts and cheese provide much needed protein to keep you full for a longer period of time. The strawberries or blood orange slices give you a burst of energy with natural sugar. Salads are perfect meals for summer, when you need to stay full without overheating. If you live in a very hot city, watermelon is the best vegetarian dessert.
Even in winter, when you need additional calories for warmth, you can stay hot with vegetarian stews. Use lentils to make rich, hearty and piping hot stews. The best example is mulligatawny soup, a concoction from the times of British rule in India. The British are said to have had their Indian servants tweak the recipe of “daal” to make an Anglo-Oriental spin on an Indian dish. Vegetarians can nix the chicken and enjoy the rich flavors of yellow lentils, garlic, ginger, potato, carrot and Indian herbs. This soup is a favorite at all kinds of restaurants. Order a bowl and taste a spoonful before you try to recreate it at home.