Post # 1
I was told that you could lose a lot of weight by simply cutting out meat from your diet. Has anyone found this to be true?
Does this mean that I can still have fish and eggs? And when I go out for dinner, does this restrict me to only having a salad or vegeterian pasta?
Post # 3
Yes you can lose weight this way, but unless you are very careful about replacing your meat with the right legumes and other non-meat items, you run the risk of being deficient for a lot of vitamens and more importantly, protein! your body needs protein to function properly and maintain muscle mass. If you want to lose weight, stick to lean meats (e.g. chicken, non fatty fish, and even certain cuts of beef) rather than cutting it out altogether.
Post # 4
I’ve been trying to be more meat-free during the week and have brought quinoa dishes instead for lunch. I think it’s helped me lose a few pounds. Plus, it’s nice to have something a little lighter.
Echoing what ktisthatbees said, just make sure you’re still eating a balanced diet.
Post # 5
I think this would be very risky unless you’re VERY careful. It is so easy to replace meat with pasta and other carbs, and that is a quick way to gain! A lot of meat like chicken, turkey, pork, and fish is very lean and healthy for you and low cal! Cutting out fatty meat like beef, and fatty pork (bacon, sausage, pork chops) will be your best bet rather than just losing all meat.
Post # 6
@CorgiTales: I didn’t realize that pork chops are fatty and high in calories- yikes! I always thought pork really was the “other” white meat. I usually just bake it or throw it on the George Forman grill. What types of lean pork are the alternatives?
Post # 7
I cut out red meat from my diet at one point and lost so much weight it was unbelievable. You can still have lean chicken and turkey if you have a meat crave.
Post # 8
I have better results when I ADD more meat to my diet and cut out carbs! Every time I cut protein my body seems to freak out and holds onto weight. Now I eat meat with every meal and limit it to lean meat (most of the time) and cut out the refined and processed foods. I think I end up fuller when I eat more protein so I end up eating less. You’ll just have to see what works for you though! Everyone is different! DO make sure you get enough iron and other vitamins and minerals (and protein) to stay healthy though!
Post # 9
I eat a mostly vegetarian diet since we can’t afford meat! We get meat on special occasions – birthdays, holidays & when friends get together. It saves money and keeps from eating lots of fatty meats. When we do we get chicken, fish and sausage. We eat lots of beans and veggies at our house!
Post # 10
I cut out the fatty meats that CorgiTales mentioned. I stick to chicken, turkey & fish. I’ve lost a little bit this way. If DH really wants some beef, we get the leaner cuts and %. I’m just too afraid to cut out ALL my protein from meat.
Post # 11
I’m a vegetarian… and when I initially stopped eating meat, I did lose a little bit of weight. But eating meat and fish and whatever else doesn’t really matter as much as portion control. Grilled chicken is as good for you as fish can be. I think people tend to put a lot of condiments on meat and that’s where your extra intake comes from.
Post # 12
I tried doing the mostly-veggie thing for a while, and just couldn’t handle it, myself. I admire folks who can do it. I’m sometimes-severe hypoglycemic, so I have to watch the carbs, which was part of the problem. I just felt I couldn’t find enough to eat and get enough protein at the same time.
If you do go the no-meat route, it really does help to have another veggie-minded pal in the area who can help guide you to new food options, and recommend vitamins to supplement.
Post # 13
I lost 10 pounds so far as my 5 months as a vegatarian. I still eat fish and eggs. I eat a lot of tofu and veggies. I have a sweet tooth and I still eat cookies and sweets and soda but I dont overdo it.
Post # 14
I’ve been a strict vegetarian (no meat, no fish) for 11 years and counting. I reached my highest weight during this time (someone joked I was really a “Carbetarian” 🙂 ) So like others have said, it all depends what you replace the meat with. I eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies now (frozen when I’m short on cash or its out of season), and try to have a big salad every night with a small main dish. If you give up meat you should also take a multivitamin just in case (I’m not experiencing any deficiencies, but like to cover my bases). Watch protein and fiber–both will let you feel fuller longer. Good veggie sources of protein are low-fat dairy (I love, love, love greek yogurt), beans, cheese, tofu. There’s even some protein in rice!
When I finally lost weight, it wasn’t because I ate meat or didn’t. I did it the same way most people do–eat more “whole” foods, and watch those calories!
Post # 15
Oooh I don’t know. I know a few people who have been successful at losing weight and keeping it off. These people all did a modified Atkins or South Beach, which is sort of the opposite of what you are suggetsing. I think you need to cut outr carbs, not meat.
Post # 16
Yes and no.
You will lose weight if you cut calories from your diet. That means, you could stop eating the meat in your diet and so long as you didn’t replace it with anything, you’d lose weight. But the same holds true for if you cut out alcohol. Or bread. Or dairy. If you replace the calories you consume from meat with something else, no, you probably won’t lose weight, because the calorie-count is the same. Like Srast, my beau became a vegetarian and so because I lived with him, I became a quasi-vegetarian and I gained quite a bit of weight because the meat I was eating was replaced by carbohydrates and a lot of processed vegetarian convenience foods (soy nuggets, that sort of thing).
In general, it’s not nececssary to cut out any entire food group (although we could probably do without refined sugar)–you can still lose weight by making at least 50% of your diet plant-based and cutting back on meat, dairy, and processed grains. Keep your portions small and watch your calorie-count.