I'm a Vegetarian and I just Can't Seem To Lose Weight. What Gives?
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:34pm
San Francisco Vegan Chiropractor comments:
Some of my chiropractic patients and friends tell me they eat only plant foods and they either gain weight or are unable to lose weight. They want to know what is wrong. So, for those that are interested in my opinion, we take the time to sit down and analyze the situation. What we usually find out is that the diet is loaded with processed carbohydrates and fat. Sure, maybe there is no beef, chicken, or fish, being consumed, but that does not guarantee weight loss. Often times I find out that candy bars and soft drinks are involved. In addition, things like potato chips, potato salad, even ice cream are on the menu. Here's a little known fact: Fruit juice can be bad if you drink too much of it. The reason is that when you convert fruit into juice you lose most of the fiber. Fiber slows down the absorption of fructose (fruit sugar) into your system. Fruit juice is a straight shot of sugar right into the bloodstream, which can elevate insulin levels and increase fat deposits. Soft drinks and candy do the same thing. Stay Away.
If you really want to achieve the benefits of a plant based diet you need to do it right. Do some homework. Visit websites like www.drmcdougall.com. You can even take the VegPledge, which will walk you through the whole thing. It's easy to get off on the wrong track and then give up. Believe me, if you do it right there is no way you are going to gain weight, or not shed extra body weight you are carrying. It's worth the effort. Good Luck and I am always available for questions or comments.
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