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Can vegetarian food and diet help us to lose weight?

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Created March 04, 2013 at 6:13 AM

Is vegetarian food good for health and thus it help to lose weight?

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on March 04, 2013
at 02:23 PM

If it were posted as "can we eat grain products and vegetable oil and lose weight" it would've closed in less than a minute. With clever wording the veggie troll keeps it open a little longer.

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on March 04, 2013
at 02:07 PM

Twinkie diet anyone?

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on March 04, 2013
at 02:04 PM

Vegetarian = grain products + vegetable oils + a little bit of healthy stuff.

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on March 04, 2013
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Baloney. People have lost weight on SAD, veg and paleo diets. People can lose weight eating twinkies. But I agree that in order to do so losing weight has to be your be all and end all. Losing weight improves health generally but there are better and worse ways to do it.

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Depends what you mean by 'vegetarian' food, depends what you mean by 'good for health', depends what you mean by 'losing weight'.

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To be considered "vegetarian" a food simply has to not contain meat. Thus, all the high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil filled junk food is technically vegetarian. So no, vegetarian food is not inherently good for health. I don't think anyone disputes this.

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on March 04, 2013
at 10:33 AM

This is a completely misconceived question. "Vegetarian" is defined by exclusion, namely: food that isn't meat. Therefore it makes no sense to ask whether 'vegetarian food' is good, because this is just asking 'is food which is not meat good?'

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on March 04, 2013
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Vegetarian = grain products + vegetable oils + a little bit of healthy stuff.

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on March 04, 2013
at 02:01 PM

Not for me. I got fat eating vegetarian foods like cookies, cereal and bread. I lost weight when I cut them back. Vegetarian doesn't mean shopping the whole foods produce aisle. The calories there are way too expensive.

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on March 04, 2013
at 11:42 AM

Weight-loss is the be-all and end-all? Many forms of eating, except SAD (proven not to) can be used to lose weight if that is the goal.

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on March 04, 2013
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Baloney. People have lost weight on SAD, veg and paleo diets. People can lose weight eating twinkies. But I agree that in order to do so losing weight has to be your be all and end all. Losing weight improves health generally but there are better and worse ways to do it.

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on March 04, 2013
at 02:07 PM

Twinkie diet anyone?

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on March 04, 2013
at 10:17 AM

Yes and no... My personal view of eating is to try and eat foods exactly as they are - ie. a tomato is a tomato, an egg is an egg etc. they're ready to eat, or cook and eat just as you found them.

And of course vegetables definitely come into this description and are extremely healthy! Thats my 'yes'!

My problem is with the wierd 'vegetarian foods' that have been man-made - things like quorn-burgers, or soya cheese etc. full of additives and preservatives and flavourings that surely nobody on this earth was meant to eat? And that is my 'no'...

As for weight loss, I've been a constant weight since I was about 12 (I'm now 32) until I cut out grains and potatoes last year... I lost about 9lb, kept it off and feel great! I was never fat in the first place but I'm now very lean and muscular and very happy with my size. For me this was nothing to do with a vegetarian diet, although I know a lot of vegetarians do like to chow on the grains and therefore might not lose weight as quick as they want!

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on March 04, 2013
at 11:56 AM

Protein raises insulin, so if you are already eating paleo and you reduce or cut out meat for a bit, in theory it can help weight loss.

To be honest, I don't really see much of a difference between intermittent fasting and periods where one just eats low calorie vegetables.

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