How to Survive Being Vegetarian

So you are thinking about becoming a vegetarian? Good for you! Whether it’s for health reasons or a personal decision, becoming a vegetarian can be a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. So how do you go about doing it? Can you just cut all the meat out of your diet? It isn’t quite that simple. There are a lot of important nutrients found in meat that you are going to get sick without. Fear not though because there are plenty of ways to get those nutrients without eating meat.

The first question you should ask yourself is where are you going to get your protein. This is not as hard of a question as you might think to answer but it does need answering. Despite popular belief, meat and protein are not mutually exclusive. There are many veggies that contain proteins so you just need to find the ones that work best for you. Soy products are the most popular protein supplements because they are the closest vegetable proteins to meat proteins but there are tons of options to choose from.

Does becoming vegetarian mean giving up all your favorite meat based foods?

Search For Some great Vegetarian Recipes Online

Search For Some great Vegetarian Recipes Online

Certainly not, unless your favorite food is steak. There are tons of vegetarian alternatives to all your favorite recipes and a quick Google search can help you find them. Veggie burgers are usually the first thing that comes to mind but there is a large variety of them as well. Don’t want to eat a tofu burger? That’s fine. Try a black bean burger? Or maybe you would rather try a mixed vegetable patty? The possibilities are all up to you. Do you love ravioli? Replace the meat and cheese with tofu and spinach. It is just that easy.

Are you worried about all the foods you can’t have? How about focusing on what you can have. Make vegetables the stars of your meals. Nature provides hundreds of different flavors through fruits and vegetables and now is your chance to try as many of them as you can. With the increase in popularity of vegetarianism and veganism over the years there are dozens of cookbooks and thousands of websites dedicated to original and delicious vegetarian recipes. Don’t worry you won’t be missing out on good food.

Will I have to eat less now that I’m eating differently?

With vegetarian meals you'll need to eat bigger portions

With vegetarian meals you’ll need to eat bigger portions

Yes. You have to eat more if you are taking out meat. Many vegetarians think they can eat the same amount as always when they cut out meat but this just isn’t true. Cutting out meat will cause a huge change in your caloric intake. You need to eat more or you are going to be hungry. Think about it like this; you are going from eating a sandwich with ham, cheese, tomato, and lettuce to eating a sandwich with only lettuce and tomato. This is why substitution is a better option that just cutting everything out. Don’t just get rid of the ham and cheese, find something to replace it.

How will this affect my body? One of the noted benefits of going vegetarian is the wonderful effects it can have on your overall health. People who become vegetarians have been documented to have lower cholesterol and increased happiness. However this does not mean that you should just assume everything is fine and ignore the signals your body is sending you. Does something not feel good in your stomach when you eat it? Don’t eat that anymore. Do you find yourself craving food you used to eat? Try and figure out what part of that burger you’re really craving. Is it the salt? Is it the fat? Find out what you want from the burger and fill that need with you can eat with your diet. If you feel hungry, then eat.

07Yes there are some pitfalls from adopting a vegetarian diet. It will be hard at first but everything that’s worth it is. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting a big change in your diet. As long as you are smart about it and careful about planning your diet, becoming a vegetarian can be a very rewarding and healthy life choice.


Why You Lost More Weight When You Started Dieting

Most people who give up cold turkey on dieting do so because they realize that they aren’t losing as much weight as they were when they first started their diets. That is pretty disheartening, we get that. Though, what people don’t seem to think about is why they might have lost more weight at the beginning of a diet and then had their weight loss plateau after a huge weight loss spike at the start. Don’t give up just yet! This article will tell you exactly why you had such dramatic results at first, and why you won’t be seeing the same results as time goes on.

Water Weight

Water Weight Is The First To Go

Water Weight Is The First To Go

The human body is largely comprised of mostly water, and when you start dieting, it goes away immediately. This weight is just called water weight, and it’s the first thing to go when you start a new diet. A lot of people report losing up to ten or twenty pounds right off the bat, so understandably you would get a little upset when you suddenly stopped losing huge amounts of weight at a time. Just keep in mind that your body will lose this weight at the start, and don’t bother factoring it into your overall weight loss goals. Accepting this will make it a lot easier to bear when you don’t keep dropping weight at the same rate.

No Muscle Built

Muscle Weighs More Than Fat

Muscle Weighs More Than Fat

When you first lost all that water weight, you hadn’t built any muscle yet from working out. Muscle weighs a lot more than fat because it’s very dense, so it might actually look like you’ve gained weight the more you hit the gym. This isn’t a bad thing – your body will start becoming more toned, and you’ll start seeing results after about a month or so of diet and exercise. Some people assume that they’re failing on their diet because they’ve gained weight or haven’t moved down at all on the scales for weeks, but don’t worry. That’s just your body building up muscle. If you give up after that, then you’re just going to end up gaining all the weight back and you’ll be back at square one all over again. Just keep persevering, because your body is going to start getting better and better.

Foreign to Your Body

Remember, if you haven’t tried diet and exercise before, your body will respond to it in new and foreign ways. Some people actually feel sick when they start dieting, so just remember that it’s not something that you’re doing wrong. This is just your body’s way of coping. Once you start exercising, the muscle tissue is constantly being torn and then built back up to be stronger than before. You lost weight at the beginning because your body thought that you were entering a more stressful time in your life, so you needed to get rid of your fat reserves. There are always going to be stubborn bits of fat that you just can’t get rid of, too. Sadly, this is just biology and it can’t be avoided. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Just keep working those problem areas to smooth them out as much as possible.

Why You Shouldn’t Give Up

Keep At It And Reach Your Goals!

Keep At It And Reach Your Goals!

You shouldn’t give up because then all the effort you put into dieting would be all for nothing. You lost weight at first, and you can keep losing weight. Just because it plateaus doesn’t mean that the diet isn’t working. In fact, it’s healthy to lose only two or three pounds a week. This means that you’re losing weight at a healthy rate and that you’ll be able to keep it off for the long term. Sometimes it might even take years to reach your weight loss goals, but you have to keep at it. You won’t accomplish anything by giving up when you’ve just started, so believe in yourself and keep pursuing your weight loss goals. You’re going to be just fine, we can promise you that.