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redpine

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Posted: 19 Mar 2014, 13:11
I have used a low carb approach to weight management for a few years but it hasn't worked well in the last year or so. I just started, this week, on a vegetarian adventure. I am also going to focus on net calories, allowing myself a range of 1000 to 1250 per day. By net, I mean after I deduct any calories used by exercising (FYI, this is a big incentive to exercise). The calorie range may seem low, but I have check on several medical sites and based on my medical status, this should be adequate. I will of course adjust this if I find I get too hungry and start to binge. I am motivated by friends and family who have gone vegan and look and feel great. I'm not ready to go this far, but I have done the vegetarian plan before and know I can do it. Whatever happens, it will be a nice change of pace. One more thing, I found out that even 900 healthy calories was over 100 carbs so that really makes me wonder how healthy the low carb thing can be.
mummydee

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Posted: 19 Mar 2014, 17:16
We are all different redpine, I am a low carber now and for life and tried vegetarian twice in my life for different reasons. Both times I was sick, tired, sluggish, and shakey , I put animal protein back in and I felt great and lost weight. So whatever works for you, go for it... just curious, what is your blood type?
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 19 Mar 2014, 18:24
if you are eating complementary proteins your carbs will be rather high. also the fat secret tracker is not set up to calculate the protein combos so your protein values will be way off. i eat many meatless meals, try to keep my average calories at about 1200 and fat % around 30% I've slowly lost 50ounds, exercise and feel terrific.

Enjoy the summer and the sunshine.

Jeri
2ManyCurves

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Posted: 21 Mar 2014, 15:29
I'm so glad you posted this. I'm slowly integrating into a vegetarian diet with my husband as well. I'm counting the calories, but I am concerned about not getting enough protein. Lower carb has worked for me in losing my first 70+ pounds, but I suppose it is time to try something new. By lower carb, I mean that I had been shooting for 40% carbs, 30% fat, 30% protein. I struggled routinely with getting that much protein. Most of my calories were coming from fats (albeit, health fats like almonds). What I've seen in the last few days is that by restricting meat consumption, I am naturally consuming a few hundred less calories per day while still feeling satisfied. Keep in mind that I am just newly considering this change, so it has been progress, not perfection. Essentially at this point, I am trying to limit meals that include meat to about two times per week. Vegan is too restrictive for me personally. I love cheese...
nicholaix

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Posted: 21 Mar 2014, 15:59
Vegetarian eating is not so challenging as you might think for protein. Peanut butter, quinoa, beans and soy milk are easy alteratives for me. Soy milk in a smoothie with frozen fruit for breakfast, quinoa tomato veggie soup for lunch, and beans/nuts in my salad for dinner. Peanut butter on celery or apple for a snack.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 21 Mar 2014, 17:00
Mark Bittman has an amazing cookbook. How to cook everything vegetarian. He has another for vegan. There are also lots of other good ones. I like my "vegetarian planet" an oldie "laurel's kitchen" lots of ethnic books also have many meatless dishes. Also 2 more by Deborah Madison. The savory way and the greens cookbook. There are many out there.

Enjoy the summer and the sunshine.

Jeri
NCNOLE

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Posted: 21 Mar 2014, 17:45
I eat over 100 gm of protein daily. If you are eating healthy, mostly non-processed foods, your body will utilize the protein more readily and you will not need as much protein. I'm eating a lot because I am doing a lot of strength training. I get 75 gm from diet only and 25 gm from a protein shake, but again the shake is for body building. I make it with almond milk and vegan protein powder. If you eat lots of veggies, the protein adds up. I also try to eat a serving of nuts daily, often eat beans and edamame. A good book to read is "eat to live" by dr. Joel furman, it promotes a vegetarian lifestyle for disease prevention and weight loss. I've been vegan for almost a year now and love it. I had already lost the weight when I made the switch., so it is now just my lifestyle and maintenance plan. I eat a lot of veggies, usually 1-2 bags of spinach for a salad split in two meals and then whatever cooked veggies. I often struggle to reach 1600 calories and have been told I need 2000 for body building, but I'm not there yet. Good luck to you!
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 21 Mar 2014, 17:51
I also struggle to meet even 1200 calories on most days. Easy to go over if I eat red meat or sometimes even chicken.

Enjoy the summer and the sunshine.

Jeri



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