There is more to a vegetarian diet meal plan than just leaving out meat and animal products. If you’re not careful, you can end up consuming just as many calories on a veggie menu as you can on a meat eating diet. Properly planned, a veggie diet can be high in healthy carbohydrates, fibre and antioxidants and low in the less wholesome saturated fats and cholesterol typical of many meat eating diets; and those carbs, fibres and antioxidants will assist in good health and weight reduction. But the key word here is ‘planned’, any proper diet which is going to produce the desired results of weight loss and good health has to be planned and vegetarianism is no different.
One of the first things people often mention, when considering a vegetarian diet meal plan, is: where will the protein come from? It is a mistake to think that meat is the only good source of protein, and some might even argue that meat is not even the best source of protein. A vegetarian meal plan can be as high in protein as any that includes meat, and will be free of the saturated fats and cholesterol that accompanies most meat protein.
There are many sources of non-meat protein: nuts, beans and pulses, seeds, soya and tofu are top of the list, and are as good a source as any animal product, while protein can be found in many other sources too. In fact, there is nothing in meat which cannot also be found in a non-meat food; the vitamins and minerals we get from beef or chicken can also be found in nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables and there are far less concerns in preparation and storage and you don’t have to splash out to buy the best cut each time, either.
The main thing to consider in any structured vegetarian diet meal plan is that all the necessary vitamins, mineral and nutrients are accounted for and that the body has enough energy to work with. Eating as a veggie is no different but the unexpected outcome may well be that after a few months of following a vegetarian diet plan you find that, with your body free of the meat fats and your palette cleaned and cleared from eating plenty of fresh produce, you no longer wish to return to eating meat.
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