Your Questions About Vegetarian Diet For Weight Loss

Your Questions About Vegetarian Diet For Weight Loss

Paul asks…

Cutting soda out of my diet for weight loss?

Normally I drink one soda a day. But I know its not good for you… I’m a vegetarian and eat pretty healthily but since I’m trying to lose 20 pounds do you think dropping soda and drinking primarily water will help me? Thanks!

Joy answers:

Yes it will definitely help! My cousin tried doing this because he is overweight and he weighs less than he did last year since he stopped drinking sugary drinks and drinking water instead. Good luck!

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Ken asks…

Am i slightly chubby if so whats my ideal weight?

Hey everyone,

So i have been getting kind of obsessed with my weight recently and as much as i try to hide it, i think its obvious.I have no one to speak to, trust me you dont know my situation.Anyway since i was five i’ve been thinking about weight, i am now 13 years old!When i was five i first weighed myself only to discover i was 20kg i felt horrible.I then weighed myself at six after being constantly being called ‘fat’, only then did i discover that i’d actually ballooned to 28kg so i dieted all the way to 21kg and at the age of seven i was skin and bone.I refused to eat through the winter holidays abroad and i loved the new slim me. I was at a healthy weight till year five when i was ten and became 30kg i hated myself for it and wanted to lose weight, it didnt happen. THEN i became eleven and it was weigh day at school and all my friends were 33 or 34 kg i was 35 and being overly obsessed about my weight, i once again went on a diet.I began thinking that i was not that fat for the time in between and i relaxed eating everything from icecreams to fruits to chocolates to crisps to big meals in the summer holidays of 2009, i was twelve.It was only when i saw a video my dad had tooken of me on a bike that everything was torn apart. At 4’9 i was a whopping 48kg, i knew i had gained weight and i finally had the courage to face up to the scales. I was shocked, if i didnt lose weight i would eventually hit 50kg which would be devastating. Still in a state of shock i went to extreme measures to slim down. My dad had openly said i looked kind of fat to me and my mum would tell me to cut back on the eating from time to time! I starved myself for 24hours every day only having a meal at 3 o clock and i was ecstatic when i went down to 42kg after my holiday in morrocco, my pictures were disgusting and they pushed me forward to lose more, by then i was 4’11 and people were commenting on how slim i looked. I had once again acheived the weight loss satisfaction. My parents tried to stop me losing weight which made me angry because i still had the ‘fat’ image in my mind. I eventually stopped and my weight steadied. I would often gain 2lb or so but i quickly lost it in fear of gaining weight! I have to say last summer was the biggest wake up call for me and since then i have dreaded all forms of holidays and chances to eat. Im always dieting, sometimes i starve for two weeks, eat for a week starve for a week, but all of a sudden my mum bribed me, she said she wouldnt take me to the gym unless i eat atleast 1000 cals a day, so after a week of starving i opted for a week of eating AND going to the gym everyday.Mum only gave me a weeks membership though so im back on a diet now. Im 4’11 and a half or 5 foot and about 43kg, am i slightly chubby, what would be considered slim, because i know for a fact im NOT slim!!?All advice appreciated, thanks XD XD


Joy answers:

OK so the clue to solving this easily and with as little stress as possible is to forget about the ‘weight’ part straight away. You’re more aware of your body shape and size that ever before so concentrate on that, and I’ll show you how in a second.

You see, what you think about the most will most probably happen so if you focus all of your efforts on an ideal weight amount, you’ll have found yourself forgetting what you really want to do, change your body shape back to the way it was.

So first things first, concentrate on your shape, but be positive with it. No more thinking about your body as fat, because trust me, you carry on doing that, you’ll stay that way.

Time to spend minutes per day imagining yourself as a beautiful, thin and healthy person (that you really are) behind that unnecessary excess weight you’re carrying around (which really doesn’t belong to you).

See what we’re doing here? More positive proactive thoughts and the rest will actually come easily.

There is plenty more to this and sites like talk about changing your mind so your body can follow so check that out, but before I stop writing I want to leave you with this little exercise you can try right now, which will demonstrate just how powerful your imagination can be and how thinking positively will actually change your body postively;

OK ready? Lets go!

Close your eyes and make yourself comfortable.

Now imaging a medium sized, beautifully colourful orange fruit on your lap, which you take hold of and bring up to your nose to smell.

As you do, with your eyes closed, you can immediately pick up the zesty citrus fragrance coming from the fresh ripe orange and as you squeeze it you can hear slight fizzes of juice and even stronger sharp sweet scents from the fresh fruit. You want to peel it and taste the sweet sharp zest of the orange right now.

Now, tell me if your mouth is watering? Your mind made that psychical change happen :)

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David asks…

do you think these 10 Rules to Lose 10 Pounds and Cut Belly Fat are good and safe ?

here is the website i got it from .

this is what the site said to do

“Here are 10 simple rules to lose 10 pounds and cut belly fat in 2-3 weeks.

1. Eat a big breakfast with protein and fiber.

This helps you to start the day right so that you don’t have to play calorie catch-up later in the day using high calorie convenience foods.

2. Start each meal by eating a fruit such as an apple, grapes, or a grapefruit.

This helps to fill you up before you eat your meal… a meal which is more likely to have higher calorie, bad foods.

3. Eat beef jerky or string cheese for snacks.

These are some good protein snacks. Much better than carbohydrate snacks with simple sugars in them.

4. Take fish oil pills.

The healthy omega 3 fats in fish oil help with long term weight loss. Ideally, you take 6-10 grams each day with a meal.

5. Take a cold shower.

Or if you can’t do that, just rinse your body with really cold water for 15 seconds after your normal shower. This causes your body to slightly raise it’s internal core temperature. When that happens, the elevated body temperature becomes a more hostile environment for fat cells. Fat doesn’t like heat.

6. Eat 3 apples a day.

Kinda similar to another rule, but apples are incredibly powerful for weight loss due to their high water content, low calories, and high fiber. Using this rule alone would probably help you to lose 2 pounds a month without changing anything else.

7. Use a hula hoop at home.

Yep, the good ol’ hula hoop is actually a pretty good weight loss tool… works great for toning your hips and waist. Do it for 5 minutes a day.

8. Do high intensity interval training (HIIT) at the gym.

This is different from typical jogging on the treadmill. You’ll want to do whatever cardio exercise really intense for 10-15 seconds and follow it with 20-30 seconds of going slow. Keep repeating that and you’ll get an “afterburn” effect. That means you burn calories at a higher rate even after you’re done.

9. Eat 1 can of black beans everyday.

I consider black beans a super food. High in protein and fiber. Each 15 ounce can has 25 grams of protein and 25 grams of fiber. For just 48 cents at Wal-Mart, that’s quite good… especially considering the rapidly rising prices for most other foods these days!

10. Cheat

Hey, if you’re on a strict diet, if you don’t cheat you may “down-regulate” your metabolism. What that means is you will slow it down and burn less calories than you normally would. You avoid that by cheating once a week. The cheating helps to spike up your calories for 1 day which actually boosts your metabolism. Just don’t think eating a lot of calories everyday will do the same thing. It won’t.

So there you have it… 10 rules to lose 10 pounds and cut belly fat.

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so what do you think , is it safe, are there side affects, is it really fun and easy,and is there anything better


Joy answers:

I think rule number 2 & 6 are not right because no food is good in excess. Eating one apple a day and eating any of the berries family fruit or grapefruit a day is more affective & good for weight loss.

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Your Questions About Safe Weight Loss Products

Mary asks…

Is Acai Berry and Colon Cleanse effective for weight loss?

So guys… I have been researching quite a lot after many failed attempts at losing weight i want to come down 3 dress sizes in a space of a year which i feel is fairly achievable, I was wondering whether the two products Acai Berry and Colon Cleanse are effective for weight loss as aparently their natural products obvisouly alongside my normal gym routine? And are the two products safe?

Please try to explain as much as possible.. Thanks :)

Joy answers:

The two products are expensively useless.

Colon cleanse will give you diarrhoea – you lose fluid not fat.

There are no magical berries from Brazil, it’s a hyped up scam.

There are more antioxidants in blueberries, black cherries and /concord grapes.

Antioxidants will not aid weight loss.

Oprah Winfrey, Mehmet Oz, and Rachael Ray have all publicly disassociated themselves from the açai sites that make unauthorized use their names.

The diet ‘bloggers’ are just a mirage, their weight loss is courtesy of Photoshop, not açai.


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Richard asks…

I started a weight loss plan with diet and exercise and lost 50 pounds in 5 months.?

People keep asking me how I did it. I kept a Journal of calories, protein, carbs, ect consumed and also what workouts I did that day. How could I publish that journal and sell to other people to help them with their weight loss goals?

Joy answers:

Get it printed in your local photocopy shop.Get a book agent to share your diary out to bookstores and libraries and you have your anwser.

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Your Questions About Vegetarian Diet For Weight Loss Plan

James asks…

How do I become a vegetarian?

I’ve been raised to eat meat but have always felt incredibly guilty about it even as a child. I have been changing my diet for weight loss since march and now eat every healthy and am successfully losing weight slowly (a pound a week). I don’t eat much meat anymore (I have lean turkey in my sandwiches and chicken caesar salads at restaurants sometimes but thats pretty much it).

I also don’t want to be one of those vegetarians that looks like a corpse, so first off what would be a good LOW CALORIE alternative to turkey meat, something lean please (I know yves has meatless turkey but its 100 calories for 4 slices and my current turkey is 45 calories for 6 slices, is there anything lower than yves thats meatless).

What are some other good meat alternatives so I don’t lose out on my protein? (I plan to still eat eggs and dairy products).

What are some healthy meatless things to order at restaurants besides veggie burgers, as restaurants don’t have them all the time.

How do I deal with unsupportive family members? I know my mom will worry like crazy for health reasons she is convinced that if I go vegetarian I will become anemic, is she right?


I now have the self control to do it, I just want to know “how” so to speak without getting anemic and looking like a corpse, also without gaining weight, b/c I still really want to keep up my weight loss and fat loss.

I have achieved self control I never thought imaginable so I do have the self control.

I know that scott, I am trying to find healthy alternatives to what I already eat so I don’t gain weight and I want to know how to do it healthfully so I don’t become anemic.

Joy answers:

Actually being a vegetarian requires more sacrifice that people think. You can get the same benefits of a vegetarian diet by eating healthy everyday. Vegetarian people often support other causes such as animal cruelty or global warming.So first you should go to a nutritionist so she can give you an appropriate diet plan that will work for you, with a wrong diet you are vulnerable to gain weight, suffer from anaemia and even faint, as ur mom said. Then you should begin to take an iron supplement which will be prescribed by the nutritionist. After that just be aware on how your body reacts to this change. Soy is an excellent source of iron and protein, same with the grains. If you follow all the indications u should be able to live a healthy life just as any other person, being a vegetarian reduces chances of getting cancer. :)

i know that when you are a vegetarian eating out can be a real problem sometimes, but almost all the restaurant have vegetarian choices and you can always order something like pasta or pizza , it should be even easier if you are up to eating eggs and dairy.

All my family are meat lovers so you can imagine their reaction when i told them i didnt want to eat meat anymore, just give ur mom sometime to get used to the idea, printing some vegetarian recipes will show her your commitment and will help her a lot when she is cooking. Tell her to go with you to the nutritionist so she can hear there is nothing wrong with this kind of diet, its actually very thoughfull with the global warming :)


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Your Questions About Healthy Diets For Weight Loss

Michael asks…

Is this a healthy weight loss diet?

I want to make a Life-Style diet for a healthy diet.

I made a list of foods I’m willing to eat to live a healthy life & to lose weight.

I’m an average height, overweight 18 year-old male.

Will these foods help me lose weight?

DRINKS: water, tea, iced coffee

SPICES: cinnamon, hot sauce, oregano

BREAKFAST: eggs, oatmeal, Honey Bunches of Oats cereal w/ skim milk,

DINNER: whole wheat spaghetti, tuna, salad w/ spinach

SNACKS + OTHER: vegetables, fruit, frozen fruit smoothies w/ yogurt, almonds

(should I buy Protein powder???)

I’m going to start eating only these foods and exercising by running, doing push-ups, sit-ups and some weight lifting.

Will this life-style help me lose weight and make me healthy?

Joy answers:

Hi Jacob

I used to train people and the best advice I can give you is, if it is processed don’t eat it. This is hard because eating foods that are not processed or out of a package is convenient. It may be time consuming when it comes to preparation but fresh is best. Eat 5-6 small well balanced meals a day, and lots of water!!! I can’t stress that enough, one glass every hour. You should always have a bottle of water with you. As far as snacks go, almonds are great. This is not easy at first but well worth it, because the feeling you will have when the weight starts coming off is awesome. Don’t give up, if you are feeling pain about how you look use that to drive you, pain is a great motivator.

I hope this helps you, good luck


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Susan asks…

What multi vitamins and weight loss products can i use whilst on Setraline (Zoloft)?

I am currently on Setraline, I have been on these since Nov 2010. I am 14 stone and need to loose weight. I do currently excersize, but generally need a little help. I took hoodia before and it helped me to loose 1.5 stone (it works – even if it just a placebo effect!!) I would like to try them again but am worried if it may react with my meds. I would also like to take some multi vitamins just as i always had up until 2 years ago. Would it be safe enough to take any of these? Which should i steer clear of? Thanks

Joy answers:

Ideally none at all. Bad news not only do diet pills not work, but so called dieters like you who try for the quick fix have a 2 in 3 chance of ending up heavier in the long term! Vitamin supplements are best avoided. In the UK at least deficiencies are rare and there is neither need nor therapeutic advantage in taking supplements. Recently there has been increasing concerns about what is effectively overdosing on synthetic vitamins. The fat soluble vitamins are the most potentially toxic, A to the eye, D to the kidney K to the blood clotting mechanism and E appears to increase all cause mortality. The most recent, and one of the most worrying papers concerns women taking multivitamins. There appears to be an associated 19% increase in the risk of breast cancer in women on multivitamin tablets, though further investigation is required to confirm that the risk is causal.

Do you see the box near the top of the page?

The one labelled ‘Search for questions: ‘?

Well type in ‘lose weight’.

You will find over 518,682 pre-existing questions.

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In all there are over 637,715 Health section questions requesting solutions to being or thinking you might be overweight.

On average these each yield 6 answers, that is nearly 4 million answers.

(Without searching for any other variations on the question!)

I can usefully summarise these answers in 4 words:

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Mandy asks…

Studying Abroad and Weight Loss?

Even though I am so excited to leave the country to study abroad in a month, I am a little worried about my progress and how I will continue.

I am going to Spain (leaving from the good ol’ northeast), where I have heard the food is a mixture of a lot of influences. Basically, heaven… but, stuff I try to limit. Here, I am able to limit what I eat, count out 1500-1700 calories a day, and exercise 6 days a week. I am worried that when I get there and am living on my own in another country with little money, the healthy food is going to go out the window.

As far as exercise, I will probably be walking more than I do at my regular college and especially more than I do now while at home (mostly sedentary right now except exercise, while at school I am moderately active plus exercise).

I was just wondering if anyone had any advice about how to adapt to another culture without giving into all the amazing foods all the time, and how to adapt to another culture’s exercise routine/options? Maybe other people have studied abroad/travelled abroad and have had these same concerns? Maybe I should just limit calorie-counting and just focus on eating when I’m hungry and stopping when I’m full… or if it might be easier to keep it up this lifestyle change then I think?

Joy answers:

My best friend studied abroad in Spain. She did a homestay, and often her host mother would cook potatoes in oil.. As in boiled potatoes, cooked in oil instead of water. She said this was thematic – as you suspect, everything is very rich in olive oil.

However, you WILL have options. I think if you focus on eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full, and avoiding things that are obviously super caloric like fried chicken (poor example, I know) then you will be fine. Avoid the churros, or enjoy in moderation :)

Breakfast in Spain is quite simple, and lunch is MUCH later. Same with dinner. Also, many meals are tapas style, so you can really pick and choose.

And also, a lot of the fat used is olive oil, as opposed to butter, which is a heart healthy oil.

Spain is one of the healthier countries out there — just have fun and enjoy life there!

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Your Questions About Vegetarian Diet For Weight Loss Fast

James asks…

vegetarian questions?

I have recently become vegan .. I dont want to ever touch any animals foods again… my parents are concierned because of my weight loss and that I am not eating right… I am 17, 111, 5″4.5 … They keep begging me to eat more protein, and healthy foods. I eat alot of veggies and fruit. I dont eat any artifical foods or fast food crap. I exercise twice a day for 2 hours… What foods are high in protein??? I purchased special k protein drinks and some south beach diet protein bars… i have no one supporting my choices so i need some help… everyone i know thinks i am being silly and that i am crazy

half hour of fast walking and half hour of jogging before breakfest and then around late afternoon I repeat

I eat when I am hungry I dont have a strong appetite I hate food I find it a waste of time but ohh welll

I am not really an athlete, I do ballet

Joy answers:

Vegan Sources of Protein

The foods which commonly supply the most protein in a vegan diet are pulses (peas, beans, lentils, soya products), grains (wheat, oats, rice, barley, buckwheat, millet, pasta, bread), nuts (brazils, hazels, almonds, cashews) and seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame).

Vegan Sources of Calcium

Good plant sources of calcium include tofu (if prepared using calcium sulphate contains more than four times the calcium of whole cow’s milk), green leafy vegetables, seeds and nuts. The calcium in green vegetables which are not high in oxalate e.g. Kale, is absorbed as well or better than the calcium from cow’s milk. Some soya milks e.g. Provamel, Plamil, Granovita are fortified with calcium. Drinking hard water can provide 200mg of calcium daily but soft water contains almost none. Other calcium rich foods include black molasses, edible seaweeds, watercress, parsley and dried figs.

Sources of Nutrition for Vegans


Soya products such as tofu*, wild rice*, quinoa*, wholegrain rice, millet, pulses such as lentils and beans, oats, nuts and seeds. *Complete proteins


Wholegrain pasta, wholemeal bread, potatoes, wholegrain rice, pulses such as beans and lentils.

Essential Fatty Acid

Flaxseed oil (alternatively known as Linseed oil)*, rapeseed oil*, hempseed oil*, walnuts, sunflower oil, olive oil, nuts and seeds. * Rich in Omega 3

Essential Vitamins

Vitamin A (Beta Carotene)

Carrots, dried fruit, red and orange peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, mangoes, sweet potatoes and squash.

B Vitamins / Folic Acid

Pumpkin seeds, broccoli, wholemeal bread, mushrooms, bananas, peas, nuts, beansprouts, millet, soya, figs, yeast extract and prunes.

B12 (essential in a Vegan diet)

Fortified yeast extract, fortified soya milk, fortified breakfast cereal, margarine (non-hydrogenated) (best absorbed when eaten with folate).

Vitamin C

Most fruit and vegetables, including lettuce, oranges, peas and green peppers.

Vitamin D (calciferol)

Sunlight, fortified breakfast cereal, margarine, fortified soya milk.

Vitamin E (tocopherol)

Sunflower seeds, margarine and oil, most nuts, avocados, green leafy vegetables, oats, wholemeal bread.

Vitamin K

Kelp (seaweed), peas, lettuce, soya products, green leafy vegetables.

Essential Minerals


Green Leafy vegetables such as broccoli, parsley and watercress, orange juice, sesame seeds and tahini, fortified soya milk, almonds, dried fruit such as figs, brazil nuts.


Pulses such as beans and lentils, green leafy vegetables such watercress and spinach, dried apricots, pumpkin seeds, tofu, wholegrains, blackstrap molasses. *Iron is more easily absorbed when eaten with foods rich in vitamin C.

Zinc & Magnesium

Most nuts, tofu, pumpkin seeds, whole grains, pulses such as beans and lentils.


Seaweed (kelp) is by far the best source.

Selenium, Potassium and Phosphorous

Chick peas, brazil nuts, wholegrains, pumpkin seeds, yeast extract and potatoes.

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