A vegetarian diet is often thought of as a weight loss solution for those looking to shed off extra pounds. There are a variety of reasons as to why people adopt such a diet. People also adopt these diets to prevent incurring a certain kind of illness or to avoid certain diseases. Vegetarians are able to eat a wide range of food like non-vegetarian foods and they do not need to fear that they might suffer from diseases like cancer or heart disease.
Research shows that vegetarian diets can indeed help you to lose weight within the short term. Vegans, lacto-ovo vegetarians and semi-vegans all have similar rates of weight loss over a two-week period when following a particular diet. Lacto-ovo vegetarians (people who consume dairy products) have a considerable weight loss compared to non-vegetarians (people who don't consume dairy products). Semi-vegan have a comparable weight loss rate as vegans while lacto-vegetarians experience significant weight loss only in the first week of their vegetarian diet. Vegetarian diets combined with low calorie intake make the best weight loss option among other options.
The reason behind this is that when you eat starchy vegetables like potatoes, you also eat more calories than non-starchy vegetables like carrots which then translate to weight loss because you burn more calories than you consume. So, when you substitute these vegetables with a vegetable you know that you are still consuming less calories than your usual intake and this should make a good reason to stick to your vegetarian foods for weight loss. It is better to take in a lot of fiber and to make up for the lack of dietary fiber in your diet by eating large amounts of non-starchy vegetables like onions, carrots and potatoes. You can also opt to eat eggs because of its high protein content and low calorie intake.