The Modified Vegetarian Flexitarian Diet

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 The Flexitarian Diet

Are you looking for a way to lose weight that will not restrict your food choices, and will be reasonable for the long term?  The Flexitarian diet may be what you are looking for.  The Flexitarian Diet gets its name from the book Dawn Jackson Blatner published in 2009 by the name of The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease and Add Years to Your Life.  Ms. Jackson Blatner is registered dietician, and her premise is that by eating a healthy vegetarian diet most of the time, it is okay to eat a steak or hamburger now and then and still reap the health benefits of a vegetarian diet.

The Flexitarian Diet adds five food groups to the daily diet.  These are protein, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and sugar and spice.  Protein comes mainly from plant sources such as beans, tofu, nuts, seeds, and lentils.  Eggs are also acceptable.  The sugar and spice group includes items such as herbs, salad dressings, and sweeteners.  This group also adds a lot of flavor to your food.

The calorie breakdown for the Flexitarian Diet adds up to about 1500 calories a day.  It is recommended to eat 300 calories for breakfast, 400 for lunch, and 500 for dinner.  Two 150-calorie snacks throughout the day are also included.  Recipes and meal plans are provided for those who want to follow a plan.  Moderate exercise is recommended for the Flexitarian Diet to be most effective for weight loss.

Weight loss isn’t the only benefit to the Flexitarian Diet, though.  The diet has also proved successful to lower the risk of heart disease by keeping cholesterol and blood pressure numbers down.  Plant protein is higher in fiber than animal protein, and it is also low fat and cholesterol free.  Fiber rich diets also increase the feeling of fullness so you end up eating less food altogether.

So what would a daily meal plan look like under the Flexitarian Diet?  Think about starting the day with a bowl of oatmeal, either served hot with almond milk and a cranberry topping, or cold after it has been soaked in milk in the refrigerator overnight and then topped with your favorite fruit, nut, and or vegetable mixture.  If oatmeal isn’t your thing, you could cook up a tofu pesto scramble.

Lunch might be a bowl of soup, a salad, or a personal pizza.  The options are truly endless.  Flexitarian recipes have lots of vegetables and flavors included in them so your palette will not notice the reduction in calories.  Dinner options include such dishes as kale burgers, salmon cakes, and carrot coconut curry.  And there are always the two snacks to consider.  You might choose to satisfy your sweet tooth with 3 ingredient banana bread cookies, or go savory with buffalo hummus and your favorite vegetables.

The Flexitarian Diet stacks up well against other diets, according to US News and World Report.  It allows for a lot of flexibility in food choices, and includes options for vegetarians and vegans, gluten-free, low salt, kosher, and halal diets.

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