Whether we admit it or not, we are right smack in the middle of an obesity epidemic. Kids and adults alike are now seemingly overweight for rather obvious reasons. No matter where you look, there always seems to be more than enough fast food restaurants that offer quick meals. They are admittedly tasty as well, making them all the more irresistible for extremely busy people. Apart from consuming a lot of those trans fats that fast food contains by the bulk, a lot of people also live sedentary lives. As a break from days of working in front of a computer, people tend to spend hours, even days sitting in front of the computer or the TV to play games or watch something.
Bad eating habits and lack or absence of exercise make for a very dangerous combination. As they gain weight because of these, the chances that they will develop diseases commonly associated with obesity become higher. High blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes are just three of the medical conditions that overweight people tend to suffer from. If they make no effort toward slimming down and losing excess weight, it’s already a foregone conclusion that they will be hit by these diseases. Thankfully, many people are now realizing this, and are now consciously doing something to lose weight.
People are trying to lose weight via a number of programs and diets. One of the more popular ones is switching to a vegetarian diet. However, many people are wondering if being a vegetarian can actually help you lose weight. The answer, as it turns out, is a bit trickier than it seems. A vegetarian diet can help one lose weight, but it can also lead to weight gain if not done properly.
Before anything else, let it be established that becoming a vegetarian is less a weight loss measure than a lifestyle choice. Admittedly, however, vegetarians tend to be a bit leaner than those who continue to eat meat products. That’s because they are eating food that have less saturated fat and calories. Still, becoming a vegetarian is no guarantee that you’ll lose weight. Anyone on a vegetarian diet can actually gain weight. Weight gain on a vegetarian diet happens when you eat portions that are too big. There are also vegetarians who gain more pounds by consuming sweetened drinks, fried stuff, desserts and other high-calorie items. And if you think that foods marked ‘vegetarian’ are safe calorie wise, you’re wrong. Soy cheese, soy hot dogs, snack bars and refried beans contain a lot of calories and fat too.
To make a vegetarian diet an effective weight loss measure, you need to eat just the right portions of vegetables. Although they may be lower on calories, eating them in excess is simply not good. Just consume the right amount of veggies and balance the calories you have consumed with the calories that you have burned. Speaking of burning calories, exercising on a regular basis also goes a long way in helping you lose weight, whether you’re a vegetarian or not.