Going Vegetarian? Avoid These Mistakes!

A lot of people email me to say that the Cabbage Soup Diet has convinced them that going vegetarian is going to be a healthier lifestyle for them in the future.

If that is you, congratulations, and if it isn’t…that’s OK too, and the info here will help you as much as a non-meat-eater!

Why Should I Stop Eating Meat?

There are a lot of reasons why people choose to become vegetarian today…Some people use morality as a reason, some want to reduce their carbon footprints, and for others, it can be a religious requirement.

Other people insist that by going vegetarian, they will lose weight….

And while this lifestyle CAN help you lose weight, if you do it properly….

There are a few things you can do that will make you PACK ON the pounds, even while saying “no” to that hamburger.

Here Is What NOT To Do

    1. Don’t eat too much cheese!
      One thing NOT to do is slather everything in cheese.    Cheese is a good source of protein, but it is NOT the only non-meat protein available!  Eat products with good fats, like avocado, and tofu, which also pack protein without the high calories that come along with cheese!
    2. Faux meat doesn’t mean “healthy” meat.
      Just because your veggie burger doesn’t have meat in it, that doesn’t mean you should have three patties.  These products, like veggie burgers, faux-chicken nuggets, and other fake-meat products tend to be high in sodium, which means (especially for women) that we can retain the salt and feel bloated.  That BLOAT is what caused you to jump on the Cabbage Soup Diet plan, so don’t sabotage your weight loss with frozen, salty, faux-meat.
    3. Skimp on veggies.
      There is no substitute for fresh, healthy veggies.  Dried fruit has so much sugar that you should treat it as a dessert – NOT as a serving of regular fruit.
    4. Just skip the meat.
      It is also not healthy to eat as you normally would…and just take out the meat.  You NEED protein and healthy fats in your diet (just ask Isabel!) for your metabolism to work well consistently.  If you go vegetarian, you need a supplement, and you need to make sure you are eating protein on a daily basis!

So, while going green can be a healthy step in the right direction, it can also be a way to pack on the pounds if you don’t eat correctly.

Make sure to read up on your new found diet, and make sure you’re meeting all of your nutritional needs, to ensure you’re happy, healthy and thin, today AND tomorrow!

To your health,

Catherine