Vegetarian Diets – Flexitarian Diet
So what is the Flexitarian diet? If you want to get all the health advantages of a raw vegan diet–without giving up animal meat… If you want to increase energy, boost your metabolism, and increase your immune system – but don’t want to follow a whole bunch of strict dietary rules and regulations… The Flexitarian diet is for you! In fact, it’s been one of the biggest successes in the worldwide “vegan” movement.
There are many different types of diets out there; some are “dietary” (meaning that you are allowed to eat certain things on a regular basis), others are “functional”. However, the flexitarian is a special type of functional/diet. Basically, it’s what I would classify as a “vegan diet”, with the main difference being that it encourages a lot of fresh fruits & vegetables, which are very important for weight loss, muscle building, and general well-being.
Its also worth noting that its creator, a certified Nutritional consultant, has had personal experience with the flexitarian approach to eating. As a result, the diet is designed with you in mind–that is, to help you achieve and maintain your ideal weight, as well as to help prevent and combat diseases and ailments. Basically, this means that the meal delivery plan consists of an assortment of whole plant-based meals, along with a variety of snack and quick meal alternatives.
It should be noted that most people who adopt the flexitarian diet fall into several different categories. For example, there are those who simply want to lose a few extra pounds, while others will do so for health or functional reasons. Still others are in it for the exercise and the benefits (as well as the motivation to stick to a healthy lifestyle). However, the most common reason why people choose to adopt this approach is because they are on a weight loss program and are concerned about the amount of calories they are consuming. This is especially common in people who are extremely overweight.
The flexitarian diet is designed around six main food groups. These include fruits (which are the main source of vegetables), vegetables, legumes (especially lentils), nuts, seeds, and whole grains. While most of the meals are served on a separate day (hence its name), the main ones consist of two large meals and three small meals. While most of the meals are served on separate days, the main ones consist of two large meals and three small meals.
Obviously, eating a whole, plant-based diet is the first step to losing body weight. As you know, being overweight increases your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and other serious health problems. In addition, the extra weight can make it more difficult to get in and out of bed, to perform simple activities, such as getting dressed. If you are overweight, losing weight now will significantly improve your health and reduce your risk of chronic diseases later in life. In fact, studies show that weight loss leads to decreased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. That’s why people who are interested in improving their health should consider adopting the flexitarian diet, which is based on eating six major food groups and taking a daily vitamin supplement.
To make eating a flexitarian diet easy, the meal plan combines foods from several plant-based groups and minimizes the use of meat, poultry, and fish. For example, you could eat a salad with one half cup of reduced fat milk, one tablespoon of reduced fat margarine, four ounces of mixed nuts, one cup of lightly steamed broccoli, one ounce of low fat ice cream, and one-third teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt. There are plenty of tasty options for your meals. You don’t have to worry about making the menu boring or avoiding delicious tastes because you can modify the meal plan to include a variety of tasty vegetables. As long as the food you choose is low calorie and has the nutrition you need, you will be well on your way to losing weight.
In one study, participants who took part in a four week flexitarian diet that restricted consumption of red meat and processed foods had a significantly lower risk of developing heart disease. In addition, participants experienced a significant improvement in their mood, energy level, cognitive function, muscle mass, bone density, and mental well being. Participants also experienced a decrease in joint pain, a reduction in stress, improved sleep quality, and enhanced fitness. These results suggest that adopting a vegetarian diets such as the flexitarian diet can provide a variety of health benefits for the long term.