Weight loss is a major frustration for most people. This is because we live in a world where people who are stick-thin surround us and images of perfect bodies abound. The fact that the media is saturated with these images does not help either.
Many people think that the best way to lose weight is to actually do so the short cut way. However, there is really no short cut to losing weight, the fast track, after the initial loss, rarely produces lasting results. For really consistent and sustainable weight loss you will need to follow a sensible formula, targeting to lose a few pounds each month with the aid of appropriate exercise and proper diet. Check out our guidelines for becoming involved in an exercise routine.
A comment from a vegetarian
Not for everyone, but for some people, a proper diet would be to follow vegetarian principles. Being a vegetarian doesn’t mean that you are depriving yourself. It simply means that you are actually saying “no” to meat and replacing it with good alternatives, such as tofu, as a substitute for protein-rich meats. Brown rice, wheat bread and pasta, oatmeal and salads are a good source of your carbohydrates. Nuts such as cashew, pine, almond and others as a source of good fat and a replacement for the bad fat you get from meat.
Being a vegetarian now should not be that difficult. If you feel like you are missing out on steak and burgers, you can still have a vegetarian version of them in a different form. There are “burgers” that look, smell and taste much like real burgers but are not made of meat and are vegetarian-friendly. There are even processed foods such as simulated hotdogs, bacon, ham, etc. that are really vegetarian-friendly and nowadays the retail food market embraces vegetarianism.
Let us face it, you do not need to be the next Jenny Craig to lose weight. If you can give up meat (or even red meat to start) then you are on your way to losing weight successfully. And the vegetarian way of life provides a healthy life.
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