Can you lose weight by being vegetarian?

Was it easy? Did you really have more energy? I'm NOT interested in being a full fledged vegan but I can do vegetarian! And input would be appreciated!


Asked by Anonymous at 8:24 AM on Jan. 6, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • I've been a vegetarian, since my mom was three months pregnant with me, and if you're thinking of becoming a "veggie", it's best to educate yourself on how to blend the right foods to make a complete protein, if you're not using dairy and/or eggs, since dairy and eggs are complete proteins.  Tofu, lentils and soybeans are protein packed and can be flavorful, if you know how to make it that way, also you can use tofu, beans, lentils, and soybeans in place of meats, poultry and fish for your mainstream meals.  The next time you visit your local grocery store (depending on where you live), go to the health food sections, also, look for  Morningstar  Farm, Worthington and Loma LInda products,just to name a few.  Google "Vegetarian Times", "The Food Network", etc. and narrow your search to vegetarian.  Good Luck.


    Answer by mamadee1971 at 11:53 AM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • I was a vegetarian by choice for about 10 yrs. It wasnt to lose weight or feel better I just dont really like grease and alot of foods made with meat seem greasy to me. My kids also never ate meat unless they were with their grandparents or whatever. I wasnt a nazi about it by any means when it came to the kids it was just I cooked what I cooked so they ate what I ate like most parent/child relationships. I was thinner & cant say I felt any better lol. I still drank soda, ate icecream and things like that.

    Answer by gemgem at 8:26 AM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • you can loose weight but you have to be a healthy vegetarian. so that means dont fill up on pizza, grilled cheese, fries and ice cream. if you give up meat its really easy to fall into that pattern of replacing meat with cheese. bad idea, youll probably gain weight. have a variation of fruits, veggies, grains, beans and a couple servings of dairy like cheese or lowfat yogurt

    ive been on and off vegetarian for years and i was vegan for about a year. while being vegan my asthma improved, my skin was flawless and i had so much energy. you can tell the difference, you just feel better

    Answer by learae at 9:09 AM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • I was a vegetarian growing up for religous reasons. I will say that me and my sisters did not have any weight problems until we started eating meat. I still remember vegetarian meals that my mother made when I was a kid that I loved. The last posting is right thought you do have to eat right. The stores do carry many products for vegetarians that are really good. I believe the brand is Good Morning which makes sausage links and veggie burgers that are really good. I could live without meat but try telling my husband that. I married a hunter! But honestly if going vegetarian is not for you I lost the most weight when I quit drinking soda, no snacking and switch to shrimp and fish versus red meat. I lost over 40 pounds and never felt better. Of course that was before babies but I am trying to get back to where I was and seem to be doing great. 15 more pounds and I will be back to pre baby weight.

    Answer by maddiemygirl at 10:02 AM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • my brother lost weight not eating meat but my sister in law gained weight while on the same diet. I think it depends on how your body functions also. it's like the lady said, if you replace meat with bad carbs then you will certainly either stay the same or gain. i'm a terrible eater. I'm trying to find a balance between both. I don't think i can give up meat unless i stick to eating morning star original grillers or the prime. I once tried the asian ones, i did not like them. I recently started like resturant made tofu but i don't know how healthy that is if it's packed with calories because of how it is prepared. More vegs and fruit, more protien less bad carbs and of course the dreaded workouts should do the trick.

    Answer by Aasiyah at 12:26 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • I am vegan..

    But I would say that you can definitely lose weight.

    Your body does NOT need a lot protein either. 10% really which you can get from fruits and greens.

    Just try not to eat lots of cheese and milk in replacement of the meat.

    Answer by keyaziz at 4:01 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • I was vegetarian for awhile. It does make a difference in your body type, but not so much with weight. You tend to be a bit more lean without the animal protein. I would suggest to continue eating fish. It's lean and has a lot of nutrients that are very good for your body.

    Answer by julipickle at 4:24 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • I noticed when you go vegan you lose weight, dont eat dairy like cheese eggs milk butter margarine mayo,no meat at all, fish is very good for you, eat whole grain breads! When I went vegan this worked for me, also you can try cream of wheat,its really yummy and good for you,yogurt is also very good for you, stay away from processed foods as much as possible sometimes this is easier said than done. I was also drinking natural apple cider vinegar tohelp burn the fat.

    Answer by MarGeee at 4:35 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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  • Yes, you can lose weight on a vegetarian diet. However, you would be more likely to lose weight on a vegan diet (or at least ovo-vegetarian), because dairy is just plain fattening, no matter what the United Dairy Farmers of America say. (Really, think about it. Aren't they trying to SELL a product?)
    Still, like the other moms say, you have to do it the right way. Try reading the book Skinny Bitch. It does suggest a vgean diet, but it will also tell you what other mistakes the average American makes in theri diet. It's not for the faint of heart though! The language in the book is far worse than that of the title.

    Answer by MomEveryDay at 11:39 PM on Feb. 4, 2009

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