Can I lose weight from being a lacto-ovo vegetarian?
I have been a lacto-ovo veggie for almost about a month now and I’m also hoping to lose weight and get slim for college next year.
Vegetarianism is NOT one of the weight loss solutions lufe offers as an option.
Remember that our weight depends on the total calories that we eat, which is equivalent to the total food intake we have consumed during the day.
Typical synonym to this phenomena is a Law in Physics: Energy is neither created nor lost. And another formula that follows this rule is: Energy intake minus energy expenditures equals enrgy gains or lost. If you have energy gain, then it is equivalent to weight gain, and on the other hand if you have a negative energy balance, then its a weight loss.
Whatever you eat cannot be lost anywhere else, and therefore are absolutely counted from every single calorie it contains.
Becoming a lacto-ovo-vegetarian alone cannot guarantee you any weight loss at all.
So what do we need to do to mae it a complete healthy lifestyle that can promote weight loss?
We have to calculate the total calories that it sholuld not exceed your total daily requirements and eventually will make you have a negative energy balance that will promote weight loss.
How will we do this?
I cannot possibly tell you how much you should eat because i did not know your age, current weight, height and gender. But what I can tell you now is that you have to increase your total bodily exercises like doing some tasks, walking, or jogging, etc. This will help you loss more energy and promote weight loss.
Also one way is to cut your snacks. This will help you loss more weight. Another is eating at least 4 hours before going to sleep.
But unless we have your complete information, i cannot give you a complete advice as to how much and what you should eat.
Finally, remember that:
1 gram of Fat = 9 Calories
1 gram of Protein = 4 Calories
1 gram of Carbohydrates = 4 Calories
1 tsp of sugar = 5 grams of carbohydtares = 20 calories
1 tsp of oil or butter = 5 grams of fat = 45 calories
Although it is not a good weight loss plan, my experience is that you do lose weight when you go veggie. I lost about 10 pound in a few months, and I’ve stayed within ten pounds of my high school weight for the last 10 years or so.
Not to mention, going veggie is great for you! Yes, there are some really bad vegie foods you can eat, but in general it is *MUCH* easier to eat terrible food if you eat meat. Not eating fast food alone is enough to make you lose a bit of weight.
And don’t listen to what anyone says about not getting enough protein. Every doctor I’ve met always says “Oh, you’re a vegetarian! That’s really really good for you!” I haven’t yet had one ask me how I’m getting my protein…