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Initial post: May 27, 2009 11:03:08 AM PDT
J. Hardesty says:
I am finding it difficult to find a weight loss plan that not only takes into account vegetarianism but doesn't make it an afterthought.

And I am definitely not one of those folks who will "bend the vegetarian" rules for a few weeks for weight loss -- like I've seen on some weight loss forums. I eat the way I do for medical reasons -- my kidneys think things with wings and legs are poison. I'm actually a lacto-ovo pescatarian (vegetarian who eats eggs, dairy and fish, but that's even harder to find a weight loss plan for. ;)

With the increasing popularity of vegetarianism, organic foods, unprocessed foods, etc., I'm actually surprised there aren't a bunch of fad organic vegetarian diets.

Posted on May 28, 2009 8:35:18 PM PDT
I agree with you that it is very difficult to find a weight loss plan for vegetarians. While I can usually find useful tips in most diet books, the majority are loaded with meat-based recipes. Like you, I changed my eating habits due to medical reasons, as well as a desire to improve my health and reduce my weight. I am primarily a vegetarian, but like you I also eat eggs, some dairy and fish. A friend and I decided to each bring a healthy dish to share at lunch, partly due to the fact that our husbands are die-hard meat eaters. We began this about 4 years ago, and decided to write a book called Lunch Buddies: Buddy Up for a Better Diet. While not just a "diet book" or a cookbook, Lunch Buddies contains more than 90 recipes. Most do not include meat. You can substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth in any of the recipes. I don't know if this is what you are looking for, but the recipes emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans. I found many wonderful vegetarian cookbooks, like Deborah Madison's collection, but have not found any vegetarian "diet" books.

Posted on May 29, 2009 7:53:35 AM PDT
Karina says:
There actually are several "fad organic vegetarian diets" out there -- but unlike some fad diets, like grapefruit or cabbage soup or whatever, they all come a little closer to being true sustainable lifestyles. I don't have experience with all of the below listed, but I'm listing them as information. As always, your mileage may vary (YMMV). :)

** Engine 2 Diet: I've heard good things about this one (well, from my vegan friends, so a biased source :P). A firefighter got healthy with a plant-based diet. May not be in line with lacto-ovo-pescatarianism, though I suspect you could tweak it.

** Dr. Dean Ornish: Kind of a long-time face in the diet debate, he's the "anti-Atkins". His dogma is low-low-fat (although I hear he's relaxed this with his latest book, The Spectrum or something like that). But along with that, he makes his patients (in for heart disease and/or weight loss) eat no meat and very few animal products. Again, may not be quite right for you, but might be worth a look. His cookbooks, naturally, are good about providing nutritional info (unlike many other vegetarian cookbooks).

** The Raw Food Detox Diet: I like this one and have been using some of its recommendations, like drinking her green juice for breakfast. I don't buy all of her claims by a long shot, but I appreciate her moderation and lack of extremism -- i.e. she uses a lot of raw fruits and vegetables for their stellar nutritional content, but she also uses cooked vegetarian foods, fish, and raw goat cheese in her plan as well. She doesn't get hung up on macronutrients (carb-protein-fat) so there's no carb-counting or fat-counting. If you wish to follow her instructions, she provides very specific daily schedules. For instance, her plan is to transition you to eating fruit (and ultimately to drinking her vegetable + fruit juice recipe every day) in the morning, possibly a light green salad at noon, and a mix of raw and cooked pescatarian foods for dinner.

Posted on May 31, 2009 11:47:44 AM PDT
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L. Vazquez says:
Are you unable to take in a lot of protein?

I recommend John McDougall, MD. Very easy to follow and lets you eat unlimited amounts of the right foods. His book The McDougall Plan gives a lot of information and the The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss explains why "diets" don't work and how to trust your hunger. This is a vegetarian plan though meaning no fish, but he does say that once you've regained your health and reached your desired weight, you may have a "feast" on holidays and birthdays.

I started eating this way in April and I've lost about 18 lbs. I'm already at my desired weight and I really enjoy eating this way. I stay true to the program about 95% of the time and it's still effective.

His website offers everything you need to know to start for free including recipes and a forum:

Protein and kidneys:

Clearly explains protein needs:

Posted on May 31, 2009 6:32:29 PM PDT
R. Sinnen says:
Eat-to-Live by Dr. Joe Furhman
I did his plan for a bit and lost a bunch and now and planning to go back to it.

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 12:43:34 PM PDT
J. Hardesty says:
Oy. I didn't realize it'd be so hard to find my way back to my own post in these forums!

Thanks for all of these recommendations!

Lynnette -- I added your intriguing cookbook to my wishlist. :) Any chance it'll go Kindle any time soon? (I've discovered how wonderful having a cookbook on the Kindle is recently.)

I bought and read The Engine 2 Diet since he seems to base a lot of his ideas on The China Study, Ornish, and McDougall. Vegan is a bit stricter than I wanted to go but he talked about bringing back some elements after the first 28 days if you really miss them; I'm going to discuss this with my GP tomorrow.

I think it's kind of similar to the old WW Core Plan minus the dairy requirement.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2009 8:29:37 PM PDT
Sorry for the delay . . . I've been on vacation visiting my mom in SC. As soon as I receive my debit card for my business account (within days), I'm going to have my book converted for Kindle. I wish I could figure out how to do it myself, but I'm going to have Greg Banks who designed my book cover do it. A Kindle is on my wish list, BTW. When you do purchase my book, I hope you'll write a review. Thanks for your interest!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2009 9:25:38 AM PDT
I recently purchased a book named "The Flexitarian Diet by Dawn Jackson-Blatner" it is a vegetarian cookbook, but it does allow you to eat a burger every now and than. The book is packed with many delicious recipes that are simple and quick to make. Cooking shouldn't be complicated, cooking should be a joy by eating healthy, eliminating processed foods and focusing on organic fruits, vegetables and grains are the way to go. I say, keep it simple.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2009 1:34:24 PM PDT
I'm not vegan either. Mostly I try to eat whole foods, grains, vegetables, and beans. I hardly eat meat any more, but every once in a while when there is nothing else (like at a cookout or dinner party) I eat a small amount of meat. Whenever I am traveling, if I eat a lot of restaurant food . . . my colon lets me know that wasn't a good idea. Are you trying to lose weight or just eat healthier? I'd be curious to know what your GP said.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2009 2:27:55 PM PDT
I recently purchased the book named "Cook Yourself Thin." Loved it! I watch the show on Lifetime and after two weeks of preparing recipes from this book, women have lost a dress size. The book is not designed for women only, its healthy eating for the entire family. Although its not a vegetarian book, you can revise the recipes to fit your vegetarian lifestyle.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009 9:02:48 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 17, 2009 8:10:15 AM PDT
J. Hardesty says:
I am trying to lose weight and become healthier. My GP seems to think that as long as I'm careful about making sure I get a balanced diet and check in with her in 3 months, vegan eating is a healthy thing to try.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2009 8:27:28 AM PDT
You should try and take a free "what's your metabolic type" test online. There are three different types and through the extensive questions, it told me that I'm a mixed type. It shows what your plate should look like when it comes to protein, carbs & fat. It was interesting and can give you a guide as to what you should be eating and how much.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2009 5:34:08 PM PDT
C. Fahy says:
Look up Dr. Joel Furhman's books and plans. You can even visit his website and get more information and support. This is what you are looking for.

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 10:51:50 PM PDT
M. Conforti says:
2 worthy new titles:
The Love-Powered Diet (vegan)The Love-Powered Diet: Eating for Freedom, Health, and Joy (I believe this is a revision of an earlier work.)
Go Green, Get Lean (flexitarian)Go Green Get Lean: Trim Your Waistline with the Ultimate Low-Carbon Footprint Diet

Posted on Jul 5, 2009 12:37:22 AM PDT
J. Hardesty says:
I've decided to do a 1 year experiment of eating completely vegan -- or is it totally vegetarian? No animals or animal by-products. (But this is just eating, I'm not preposing giving up my wool skirts; for goodness sakes, I live in Maine!)

I'm also bending to peer pressure and restarting Weight Watchers.

I'll be blogging about the 1 year Vegan experiment when I start it after my vacation. Starting in a week or two.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2009 7:35:28 AM PDT
D. Petersen says:
I'm a Certified Nutritionist with Just a couple of ideas. If you are eating great and exercising and still not having success with weightloss, you may want to look at different areas to see if something else is the culprit. ie. Hormonal Imbalance, food allergies, etc. If you want some tips, we have free info on our site. Look under the "Health Info" tab - Ten Secrets To Make You Fit. Good luck with your healthy lifestyle!

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 10:57:12 AM PDT
The reason that you can't find a vegan diet book is because that is redundant. If you ate a vegan diet (no animal products at all) you will automatically lose weight. Just be careful of volume. After all, a calorie is a calorie no matter what. It's a simple math equation. Eat less calories than your body needs daily & do some exercise like walking & you will lose weight. I suspect you may be eating more than you think. Keep a journal for a week to find out. I have gone from 240 to 210 in 3 months doing this.
Stay away from all these fad diets, they aren't necessary. Too many people are looking for some secret to weight loss. There isn't any. Do it the right way in a way you can live with for a lifetime & you'll be fine. All these diets do is make the authors wealthy.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2009 11:09:16 AM PDT
R. Sinnen says:
Congrats on your weight loss! And while I agree with all of what you said, it is awful nice to have the recipes found in a good vegan book. I suggested Dr. Joel Furhman's Eat to Live. His new set is Eat for Health which gets a person to the vegan side of life in a baby step sort of way rather than Eat to Live's shock mode. Some people need the guidance, direction, and encouragement that comes from a book. Some people need to be explained "why" they should go through the trouble of eating healthy. At least I was in need. I have lost almost 10lbs myself in 3 weeks by doing what you suggested but I wouldn't have stuck to it had I not learned the "why's" to it all through reading Fuhrman's books.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 5:35:45 AM PDT
i would like to find out nutrional value for indian foods

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2010 2:26:02 PM PDT
Hello J.,
I would recommend to you the dvd by Dr. John Douillard: Ayurveda for Weight loss. It's very beautifully done and very realistic to get real results. Best of luck!

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2010 2:55:07 AM PDT
mapsy says:
Thank you for pointing me to Dr. McDougall. I will use his methods and see how it goes. He seems to have a much more scientific basis for his regime, than anyone else. I have read or tried so many books on this and because I can no longer eat any soy, I have had to rethink everything. Thanks again for your recommendation.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2010 9:37:02 AM PDT
mammoth says:
Dr. McDougall's "12 Days to Dynamic Health." He's a vegan and makes so much sense you can't help but learn from reading his books. He's online also

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2010 9:39:47 AM PDT
mammoth says:
Dr. McDougall's "12 Days to Dynamic Health." He's a vegan and makes so much sense you can't help but learn from reading his books. He's online also

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2010 3:56:44 PM PDT
M. Astrin says:
Look at the Alicia Silverstone book The Kind Diet. It's great for vegetarians.
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