Not losing weight on a vegetarian diet: Nutritional tips to help you burn belly fat fast  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images
New Delhi: A vegetarian diet is known to have benefits not just for the environment but also health. Vegetarian diet comprises of only plant-based product and animal-based products like dairy and not meat, fish, eggs, etc. A vegetarian diet can aid weight loss, keep chronic illness away and also is a healthier option among diets for the heart.
According to one review of 12 studies, vegetarians lose weight faster than non-vegetarians, on an average. However, if you are still not losing weight on a vegetarian diet, here are a few tips that may help. READ – 3 simple steps to permanent weight loss and a flat tummy- Tips to trim belly fat without hitting the gym
Plenty of water
One reason you may not be losing weight despite following a vegetarian diet is the lack of hydration. If you do not drink enough water while on a diet, your digestion and metabolism may go for a toss. This can mess with your weight loss efforts.
Regular exercise is very important to lose weight. No matter what diet you follow, if you do not exercise the results are going to be limited. Regular exercise is the key to ensuring a vegetarian diet works well for your weight loss.
Plenty of protein
One drawback of a vegetarian diet is the lack of protein in the food items you eat. Meat, eggs, fish and other non-vegetarian items are rich in protein and they are off the table on a vegetarian diet. Protein plays an important role in weight loss and therefore you must assure to intake enough protein through supplements or other foods specifically rich in protein. READ – On a weight loss spree? Here are 5 healthiest things you can eat at night!
Include quinoa in your diet
Quinoa is a highly nutritious, high fibre food item to include in your diet, especially if you are on a vegetarian diet. Rich in vitamins, protein, calcium, iron and potassium, quinoa is a food item that can help you lose weight easily by improving your digestion and keeping your stomach light.
Nuts are the best snack
Nuts and seeds are the most nutritious and healthy snack to eat when you are on a weight loss vegetarian diet. Nuts are rich in fibre, vitamin A and E particularly, and can help in weight loss by helping you snack healthier. Replace any unhealthy snack with nuts for a healthier snack option.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.