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August 25, 2011 9:37 AM
Is it a good idea or no? ive heard alot of people that are nessacarily (sp??) vegetarians, but when they were trying to lose
weight they said cutting out meat was how they were able to lose the pounds. i usually eat meat with my dinner, even if im just trying to have a salad, i put little chunks of chicken in there. should i just completely stop eating it for awhile? =/
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August 25, 2011 9:37 AM
sorry. i meant ARENT vegetarians :)
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August 25, 2011 9:41 AM
It's pretty much a personal choice... I lost weight and I eat some form of meat everyday.
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August 25, 2011 9:41 AM
You have to do what works for you.
I'd say salad dressing would be worse than the chicken.

I haven't eaten chicken in over 15 years. I can get just as fat not eating meat.
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August 25, 2011 9:41 AM
That's not really a decision to be made by random strangers on the internet. If it's something you WANT TO do, then just make sure you incorporate non-meat sources of protein (soy products, different kinds of dairy, beans and legumes, etc.) and probably take an iron supplement as well.
August 25, 2011 9:42 AM
I have increased my meat and protein and limit my carbs. I finally broke a plateau. BTW, cows are vegetariansbigsmile
Edited by Nanadena On August 25, 2011 9:42 AM
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August 25, 2011 9:42 AM
I've been a vegetarian for 20 years, and would never go back, but you really do have to be careful about finding other protein sources. If you don't mind the chicken, it's really not that bad for you-low fat, high protein... Sometimes I think life would be much easier if I ate chicken.
August 25, 2011 9:42 AM
WHY??? Oh my I couldn't live without my lean proteins.
August 25, 2011 9:42 AM
i started incorporating more meat into my diet and I have actually lost more weight that way... it keeps me satiated for way longer. I really just think balance is key- make sure you are eating veggies and getting a good source of protein during your meals.

Becoming a vegetarian just to drop weight makes no sense...I know a lot of fat vegetarians lol.
August 25, 2011 9:43 AM
You'd be better off cutting out carbs and fatty stuff. Protein should be your largest side of the protein-fat-carb triangle. Check out the dukan diet, www.dukandiet.com.
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August 25, 2011 9:43 AM
I was already overweight when I only ate seafood, but I gained even more weight after I started eating other types of meat. Take that as you will. I'm sure if you are sensible about eating meat, you can lose at the same rate as you would without eating it, though there are other health benefits to vegetarianism. It's a personal choice that nobody can really make for you.
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August 25, 2011 9:45 AM
It's a personal thing .... you will have to decide what you think about meat and why you eat it.

Just know that you can get plenty of protein without eating meat.

Do some research (NOT here), watch some shows, read some books.

You don't just stop eating something on a whim....

I would suggest that you watch Food Inc. if you truly want to never eat meat again.
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August 25, 2011 9:45 AM
WHY would you cut out tasty bacony goodness!?? WHY??? *LOL*
August 25, 2011 9:46 AM
If you're going to cut it out forever maybe? cause if you cut it out now then bring it back when you get to your UGW then you might gain some weight back that you don't really want? Chicken is a very good lean meat so i don't see why you should cut it out, maybe lessen the portions?

Overall I'd say it's up to you :)
August 25, 2011 9:47 AM
This is a personal choice you have to make. But one thing I did was cut out red meat and eat more chicken, turkey and fish. In fact, I have pretty much replaced ground turkey for and type of hamburger meat. Chicken and turkey are leaner meats and have more protein.

Just curious, why do you necessarily want to cut out meat from your diet?
August 25, 2011 9:47 AM
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Is it a good idea or no? ive heard alot of people that are nessacarily (sp??) vegetarians, but when they were trying to lose
weight they said cutting out meat was how they were able to lose the pounds. i usually eat meat with my dinner, even if im just trying to have a salad, i put little chunks of chicken in there. should i just completely stop eating it for awhile? =/


I cut back significantly on meat, and it really does help keep the calories and fat lower. You don't have to cut it out, but start paying SUPER close attention to portion size. 6oz of chicken is the size of 2 decks of cards, etc

I try to eat meat-free at least 2 days a week. Incorporate grain and bean dishes. You should know that the volume of vegetables and grain you need to eat to feel full is a LOT more than meat. Meat is just more filling. I end up eating a CUP of brown rice with a 1/2 cup of black beans and a CUP of steamed veggies to complete a meal.

Great protein options are eggs, beans (lentils, black beans), quinoa, farro, whole wheat cous cous, brown rice, occasional soy products (but avoid overly processed meat substitutes), and hearty whole grain pastas. Enjoy!
Edited by ShapeUpSidney On August 25, 2011 9:48 AM
August 25, 2011 9:47 AM
It is definitely a personal choice, but if you do not want to give meat up, you might consider leaner cuts of meats. I've increased my protein and cut back on my fat intake at the same time.
August 25, 2011 9:48 AM
QUOTE:

Is it a good idea or no? ive heard alot of people that are nessacarily (sp??) vegetarians, but when they were trying to lose
weight they said cutting out meat was how they were able to lose the pounds. i usually eat meat with my dinner, even if im just trying to have a salad, i put little chunks of chicken in there. should i just completely stop eating it for awhile? =/


Fats and proteins are very important to the proper function of the human body. It is not recommended to cut out unless you are educated in getting protein and fats in your eating plan through other sources.
August 25, 2011 9:48 AM
If it's just to loose weight then no I wouldn't cut it out, cut out grains they are mch less beneficial than meat and are calorie dense when you look at there nutrient profile. Cut grains completely for a few weeks and see what happens.
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August 25, 2011 9:48 AM
People debate whether or not we "need" meat, but I think all in all it's a personal choice. There are certainly enough food sources out there that offer all the same benefits that you get from meat. I know a lot of vegans who are very healthy with a varied diet and supplements.

Personally for me, I'm not a huge meat eater, so it's much easier to just watch my portions. I mainly stick to poultry and fish, but every once in a while I crave a good burger. What I've found even *before* starting MFP is that my fat intake was always lower than recommended, but I've made up for it by using healthier oils in salads rather than heavy dressings.

You'll find what works for you. A lot of it is experimentation. I don't think there's a universal way of doing things, and your body will definitely tell you when you're doing right.
Edited by jtoz88 On August 25, 2011 9:50 AM
August 25, 2011 9:49 AM
You have to do what you feel is best for yourself. But for me, I love bacon and burgers and chicken way to much to cut them. The one thing that will never work for me is feeling restricted. As soon as I know I cant have something I want it more than ever. For me this is a lifestyle change. I'm not trying to do it super fast or cut half the things I love out of my diet.
I like that I can see what I eat and better plan my day. When I finally get to my goal weight I want to have learned how to properly plan normal meals for my normal day. I don't want to gain my weight back again because I start to eat the old things that I used to eat.
For example: If I cut out steaks from my life until I reach my goal and then start eating grilled steaks again I wont have the proper knowledge as to how much steak to eat or what a portion size should be. I want to make this a a way of life for myself and my family. I want to eat the foods that they do and not feel guilty. I want ability to know that if i'm out for a meal or in my home for a meal that I have the knowledge of how much to eat and to know that I'm not going to freak out and gain 10lbs from eating one steak or chicken breast.
August 25, 2011 9:50 AM
Removing meat from your diet can be hard for some. I'm vegan and it was not a hard decision for me. I never ate much meat - mainly fish, occasional chicken. But you do have to pay more attention to your nutrition. Being vegan, all animal sources of out for me. I have to watch not only protein consumption, but iron and calcium intake as well. That said, there are vegans who are overweight and unhealthy. It's not simply cutting meat out - it's your whole dietary picture. Try replacing what you eat with leaner cuts of meat/fish and have a few vegetarian meals a week and see how that works for you. You can always cut out more.
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August 25, 2011 9:52 AM
For bacon lovers, I recommend the low fat center cut option. I also use kitchen shears to trim down the excess fat before making it. Yum!
August 25, 2011 9:53 AM
I went vegan and didn't lose any weight from doing so. But then once I started purposely dieting and counting my calories the weight began to come off, whereas, for years before that when I had been eating meat, I'd tried losing weight several times and it didn't work. So, cutting out meat by itself, no miracle for me. But I think it DID play a big part.
Everyone is different though, I think cutting out meat probably effects your body more as far as weight loss goes if you have a lot of weight to lose. A friend of mine made no other purposeful change in the way she ate besides going vegetarian (and then later vegan) and she effortlessly lost 100lbs pretty quick and cut her insulin medicine by a LOT.
August 25, 2011 9:54 AM
Cutting out meat in your diet is not going to help you lose weight, it will make you healthier on the inside if you follow some guidelines and proper nutrition, and it will keep you from eating Burger King, but you have to be really careful about getting enough protein and vitamins from other sources. I have been a vegetarian for 2 years and me not eating meat had nothing to do with my weight loss, in fact I gained weight when I first made the choice. Sometimes I wish I could still eat fish and chicken but I just can't do it.. My best suggestion would be to do research research research first and then slowly make the change...If you only eat a little meat with your salad then just cut it out all together, just be sure not to replace it with too much fatty cheese or croutons! HA! Replace it with some black beans or a few almonds....hope this helped a little!

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