If you’re looking for easy ways to lose weight as vegetarian, you must
know that it’ll probably take you slightly longer time to achieve your
weight loss goal. You want faster result, you’ll have to use somewhat
hardcore techniques. Simply put, there’s no such thing as losing weight
fast and easy, to be honest. However, I encourage vegetarians to begin
with the easy way before they progress to the hardcore techniques for
smoother transition. Of course, if you want to stick to the easy ways
throughout, by all means, you’ll still lose weight as a vegetarian at
the end of the day, albeit slower.

1. Phase Out Junk Food One by One

One of the main reasons for most overweight vegetarians stems from
eating too much prepackaged vegetarian foods. They’re convenient,
indeed, but too convenient for your belly fat to grow easily.

It’s hard to quit them overnight to lose weight due to your already
habitual cravings for these vegetarian foods which are high in sugar,
sodium and fat. So, list out the vegetarian foods you normally eat in
order from the one you like most to the one you like least. Then
starting from the bottom, phase out the one you like least and replace
it with a healthier choice.

For example, you generate 10 names and the last one is chocolate
cookies. Now, replace that with wholegrain crackers. 3 days later, move
up the list to get rid of another one or two more, until you replace
all your junk vegetarian foods with the healthier options. This way
you’ll lose weight more easily than those who quit all junk foods in a
week. You won’t likely suffer rebound effect. And your cravings for
them will vanish.

2. Raise Your Metabolism to Burn More Fat

Making wise food choices gradually is one easy way to lose weight as
vegetarian, another easy way is raise your metabolism by increasing
your physical activities, again, progressively.

Have you been stopping exercising for months? It’s not easy to get your
butt off the cozy couch and start working out like an athlete. You need
to start off with something easy, say, walking.

For example, on Monday morning, you spend 30 minutes for that. In that
30 minutes, you walk at your normal pace for 3 minutes then brisk walk
for 1 minute and then normal walk again. This is what we called
interval training. This may not result in much fat loss as compared to
higher intensity interval training, but it’s definitely a good
start-off point for you to begin with, especially when you’ve not been
working out for so long.

As you progress through to lose weight the vegetarian style with
interval training, you can increase the intensity level week by week
such that instead of walking-brisk walking, you can go with
jogging-running and so forth. Do the same for any other sports, you’ll
burn more fat in due course.

3. Find a Weight Loss Vegetarian Buddy

When you have someone having the same goal to lose weight as you,
wouldn’t that make you even more motivated than working alone? You two
can watch over what each other have been ingesting and then remind each
other about the goal. But if you can’t find one since you may not have
an overweight vegetarian buddy, then use your room mirror as your
weight watcher. Put your scale near the refrigerator or kitchen where
junk vegetarian foods are that you can reach for easily. This way it
serves as a reminder for you to stay away from them if you want to keep
your weight in check.

Now, these vegetarian weight loss tips may look simple, but it does
require certain degree of self-discipline from you to execute to
succeed. Start doing now or you’ll never get to where you want to be.

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Found this great post on Chinese Herbs for Weight Loss

Traditional Chinese Medicine makes use of a number of herbs. In fact, there are about 500 different herbs that are used in Chinese herbal medicine today. These herbs are not generally recommended individually for ailments or weight loss. Instead, many herbs are combined together for treatment. It isn’t uncommon for there to be 25 different herbs used in one remedy, and this is true concerning Chinese herbs for weight loss as well.

Understanding the Basics of Chinese Herbs Used in TCM

In TCM, or Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs are classified and used based on the four natures, the five tastes, and the meridians. The four natures refer to yin and yang and include cold, cool, warm, and hot. Cold is yin to the extreme and hot is yang to the extreme.

The five tastes include sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and pungent. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that each of these different tastes has different functions. For example, an herb that has a sweet taste is thought to bring the bodily systems into harmony.

The meridians come into play in the use of herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine in that they each relate to an organ or organs within the human body. Each meridian has a relation to the four natures and the five tastes in terms of what herbs are needed to treat maladies that affect those organs.

10 Chinese Herbs for Weight Loss

Herbs are generally mixed together to treat ailments, including weight loss in Traditional Chinese Medicine. While each of the herbs listed below [click to continue…]


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