Low carb and vegetarian may seem like two eating styles or diets that contradict. You can cut back on meat with a semi-vegetarian diet and still keep it somewhat low carb. Going extreme low carb is not healthy anyway!
Too Much Meat Makes You Fat
Does meat make you fat? The key to successful dieting is moderation and understanding the acid-alkaline connection. British researchers who conducted a six year study found women who ate the most meat (which is highly acidic to the body) gained more weight. For every 9-ounce increase in meat consumption each day, the woman gained an additional four pounds.
If meat makes you fat; then should you adopt a low-carb diet? I don’t recommend a strict low-carb diet. But I do recommend eliminating high carbohydrate “empty” calories from sugar, breads and pastas. There are healthy vegetarian sources of protein.
Is Low Carb Diet Healthy?
Is a low carb diet healthy? According to a 26-year Harvard University study, long-term low carb dieters had an increased risk of death. They had a 23 increase risk of mortality in general and 14 percent from cardiovascular and 28 percent from cancer. It makes sense because meats all cause an acidic reaction in the body. Cancer thrives in an acid state. But cancer cells don’t thrive in an alkaline state. The most alkaline foods include fruits and vegetables.
When you look at some of the healthiest diets such as the Sonoma, Japanese or Thai diets, the meals include a lot of fresh green vegetables, herbs and seasoning and just a small amount of meat, fats and starches.
So if you should avoid too much meat and avoid sugars, breads and pastas, what should you eat?
Here are some tips for being semi-vegetarian and semi low-carb:
No. 1: Watch your sugar intake. I absolutely love Silk mint chocolate soy and Soy Nog but it’s only a treat. The Soy Nog has only 3 grams of protein and 12 grams of sugar. If you need a sweet fix, try Truvia which is made from Stevia, a plant you can even grow yourself.
No. 2: Breads, cereals and tortillas. The key is not to give up eating these starches, but to pick the healthier kind. The best breads and cereals are made from sprouted grains that form a complete protein. You will often hear famous trainers such as Jillian Michaels recommend Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted grain products. Eat clean by including sprouted grain products and plenty of fruits and vegetables in your semi-vegetarian or vegetarian low-carb diet.
No. 3: Include eggs in your diet. Consider making an egg wrap with an Ezekiel tortilla. Simply fill with scrambled eggs and veggies. Eggs fill you up and have been shown to dampen your appetite through the day so you eat fewer calories and lose weight.
No. 4: Order tofu sometimes. As a semi-vegetarian you can eat tofu most of the time, seafood much of the time, chicken sometimes, and beef rarely if ever. If you can tolerate beef products, and it helps with anemia, limit it to twice a week. I love the spinach and shrimp salad from Applebee’s because the spinach provides iron, and the shrimp gives it a boost of protein and flavor without being too heavy of a meat. Just ask for dressing on the side.
No. 5: Consider healthy soy or whey protein shakes while losing and maintaining weight. I love Almased, which is a powder that combines soy, honey and yogurt. I did not have the best results when testing their Bikini Emergency Plan for just a few days, but I had amazing results by using Almased long-term as a meal replacement once or twice a day.
Other good vegetarian sources of protein include almonds and beans and rice.
When it comes to health, remember the acid-alkaline link. Is low carb diet healthy? Only if you go easy on meat. Go heavy on foods that create that alkaline state in your body such as watermelon, lemons and other fruits, vegetables and green or herbal teas. Dairy products are in the middle. Then go light on the acidic foods and drinks such as sugar, red meats, black tea and coffee.
Does meat make you fat? Yes, so eat in moderation!
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