My Surprising Vegetarian Experiment!

by Belinda on October 7, 2017

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I’ve had several phases in my life that were totally meat free. But while working on my Get Lean Vegetarian Guide I decided to investigate the benefits and challenges of the vegetarian diet specifically relating to fat loss and fitness.

First, I was amazed at the lack of vegetarian weight loss programs out there.  Especially given that many vegetarians struggle with the same problems:

  • How to lose weight while still getting adequate protein intake
  • Difficulty managing portion sizes
  • Confusion about carbs and when to eat them
  • Eating the wrong foods due to boredom and cravings
  • Lack of easy and satisfying vegetarian fat burning recipes
  • Excess hunger despite adequate caloric intake
  • Knowing what to eat in order to achieve their fitness and physique goals

It doesn’t have to be this hard!!

And what’s more, it’s surprising how many people have never ever had a break from eating meat or experimented with alternative sources of protein. Even if you’re not intending to become “a vegetarian” a few weeks of meat free nutrition has tremendous health benefits.

This is because your nutrients need to be sourced from a wider variety of foods than traditional meat based diets – and this has a roll on effect in terms of health benefits. Research by the American Dietetic Association has found a vegetarian diet is normally lower in saturated fat and cholesterol, and higher in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, soy products, fiber and health promoting antioxidant phytochemicals.

As a result, they found that vegetarians typically have lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure; reduced rates of death from heart disease; and decreased incidence of hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.

Now, this doesn’t mean giving up your meat BUT it does mean it’s worth considering more vegetarian variety in your nutrition.

However, it’s not as simple as cutting out meat, seafood or even dairy!

First, it’s vital you get the right amount of protein from the right sources. If you’re not getting all nine essential amino acids every day then your health will suffer, you risk losing your lean fat-burning muscle and you’re likely to feel hungry through the day.

Second, you not only need to know what to eat but how much and when.  It’s easy for the portion sizes to get out of control especially in regard to carb rich foods and for late night snacking to creep in.  Many vegetarians find themselves putting on weight instead of losing it for this reason….

So, at the request of my vegetarian Get Leaners I’ve put together a set of proven guidelines that will show you exactly what to eat, how much to eat and when to eat it.  With a variety of delicious vegetarian recipes and precise meal plans for kicking your body into fat-burning mode.

Here’s what they had to say about the program!
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Even if you’re not a committed vegetarian I suggest you seriously consider an occasional “vege-holiday” to help cleanse out any accumulated toxic build up from long term meat consumption (unless you’re totally organic) and boost your antioxidant and fibre intake. And yes, if you follow my Get Lean Guide, you’ll also lose weight without compromising your energy levels or training results.
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Check Out The Get Lean Vegetarian Guide Here <—

 

P.S. For those who are interested, the Get Lean Vegetarian Guide is included in my Get Lean Transformation Program (just message me via Facebook when you join and I’ll send this to you). It’s a 12 week complete transformational program that literally takes you by the hand and walks you step by step to losing weight, getting rid of cellulite and building lean, body toning muscle — in a healthy and sustainable way. You deserve the best that life has to offer and I’m here to help you make it happen!

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Marissa October 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Hi Belinda,
you don’t know me but im a long time fan. I fixed my body up with metabolic style cooking and a series of 12 week programmes a couple years back, I hadn’t heard of you yet but your amazing journey has been such an inspiration to me ever since I stumbled across you. every time I read something on this blog, I remember why im a fitness advocate, why being lean is so important to me and it helps me to keep motivated to smash my personal goals again and again and again not only in health and fitness but life and love and all aspects of my personal journey. just wanted to say yay to being a sometimes vego! I am not a vegetarian but I don’t eat any meat unless its organic, free range and or pasture fed. same with any animal bi-products. because I live in the city I find it difficult to find these proteins and 80% of the time I have to opt for vege proteins. since eating this way I have remained at a steady 12-15% body fat for over 2 years now and I haven’t been sick since. not even a cold at winter time!
keep up the amazing work you are so very inspirational and I just love your beautiful outlook on life!! I get so excited I check your blog every day
x Marissa

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Belinda October 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Hellooo Marrisa! I love meeting long time fans lol! Seriously, I am in the middle of writing a new blog right now and just saw your comment. It’s given me an energy boost, thank you.

I am so on the same page as you here…I also try to buy the purest form of protein that’s available It makes me shudder to think of what’s in most supermarket shelf meats, chicken and eggs. Years ago, I used to think it didn’t matter, now I know, the cumulative effective of making those healthy choices every day, makes a huge long term difference.

Congrats on finding the nutritional formula that works for you – that’s impressive! The results speak for themselves.

Thanks heaps for your kind words of encouragement – I’ll keep up the inspiring posts!

Hug, Bel xo

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