How to lose weight the vegetarian way

With it's emphasis on fruits and vegetables and grains, it can be a lot easier to lose weight on a vegetarian diet than on a non-vegetarian diet.

After all, they naturally have less calories than an equivalent amount of meat, and all that extra fiber makes for a very full tummy.

So whether you are a vegetarian or not, following at least somewhat of a vegetarian diet is bound to help you drop a few pounds.

And I've got the vegetarian tips to help you do just that.

Lose weight the vegetarian way
  • Eat your veggies, first. The second best plan is to start every meal with a salad. This helps fill the tummy. The first best plan is to make the salad the meal! Only don’t spoil it all with a fatty dressing. Instead, try a splash of balsamic vinegar. It’s what I use.
  • Eat your breakfast. If not, you are more likely to grab any old crappy mid-morning snack out of haste and starvation. Even some bread and a piece of cheese or fruit is better than nothing.
  • Get rid of temptation. See that bag of potato chips in the cupboard? The chocolate baking chips (and who, I ask you, in a fit of chocolate-deprived panic, has not reached for baking ingredients?). And so on. Into the garbage with them all, I say.
  • You need to move. Thirty - 60 minutes a day, assuming your doctor okay's it, is great. Especially if you haven’t been doing any physical activity already. Two tips for success here: Make it fun and do it with a friend. Both will encourage you to move again and again.
  • Variety is your friend. It is good for you (gives you lots of different nutrients) and it is satisfying (far more interesting than a steady diet of, say, celery).
  • Watch those portion sizes. You don't have to worry too, too much if all you eat is salad. But, let’s face it, you are bound to eat something else. And even good things are only good in moderation.
  • Watch out for the fat vegetarian’s downfall. I mean nuts and oils and honey and olives and so on. Sure, they are healthy. But they are also really high in calories. Cut them down or cut them out.
  • Don’t kill yourself if you fall off the bandwagon. It happens. Just get right back on. Remember, you are in this for the long-haul. One meal or one day is not, really, going to make a difference
  • Aim to change your life-long eating habits. You don't want to keep dieting, so try to change the way you eat so you eat more of the healthy, low calorie foods — fruits and vegetables and grains — and less of the unhealthy or high calorie foods (and you know what those are!), always. Remember you want to be thin and healthy for life.
So what about you? What are your best vegetarian dieting tips?