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Intermittent Fasting for Vegetarians
Some people choose to start a whole new health regime and go all out. This might be you. You could already be a vegetarian or vegan eating machine and want to lose weight.
Or you could be a carnivore and choosing to adopt a new way of life!
Whatever way you look at it, vegetarian or not, Intermittent Fasting is here to stay! This health approach has been used for many many years but as science has evolved so has our understanding on the immense benefits intermittent fasting has – lets just say fat loss is a by-product of this way of life.
Adopting this type of Intermittent Fasting (IF) plan can be a great way to stay healthy and get all of the essential nutrients you need.
First off; Intermittent fasting is a popular dieting strategy that involves periods of fasting for a set amount of time followed by periods of eating. It can be a great way to help you lose weight, improve your overall health, and increase your energy levels.
For Vegetarians, it is important to make sure that you are still getting all the necessary nutrients while adhering to the intermittent fasting diet.
The My Action Project Team have these Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss Meal Plans sorted for you but for breakfast, try having a smoothie made with frozen fruit, almond milk, and some vegan protein powder. This will help give you energy and fill you up for the day.
For lunch, a bowl of warm vegetable soup or a bean burrito can be a great way to get in some healthy carbs and protein.
For dinner, a vegan stir-fry with tofu, vegetables, and brown rice is a great option.
Snacks are also important when it comes to intermittent fasting but only when you fit it within your allocated time frame for eating your macros. So a handful of nuts, some fruit, or a few slices of vegan cheese can all be great choices.
You can also try some homemade energy bars by combining oats, nut butter, and dried fruit.
Vegetarian Diet Benefits for Intermittent Fasting
Becoming a Vegetarian can be a little daunting at first. Whatever your reasoning might be, you’ll notice incredible health benefits – and your digestive system will thank you in the long run, and Daisy the Cow also is quite pleased.
Vegetarian diets can be a healthy and nutritious way of eating, but there are some important things to consider when planning a vegetarian diet for intermittent fasting weight loss programs.
First, it is important to make sure that the time you allocate for eating, lets say MAP’s 16:8 IF method is one of the most used methods for IF. The MAP plans are evidence based, balanced (and full of variety) plus it provides all the essential nutrients that are needed for good health.
There is No thinking what’s for dinner here! It’s planned out for you using MAP’s personalized recipe planner and smart shopping lists.
Also, many vegetarians have historically relied heavily on processed foods, such as soy products and packaged snacks, which are often high in salt and sugar and low in fiber.
MAP programs are lower in salt and are balanced plus it delivers the correct amount of calories so your smashing fat out of the park!
Vegetarian Portion Sizes
Paying attention to portion sizes when following a vegetarian diet is critical. If you’re overweight, and a Vegetarian it’s due to a variety of things and portion size is likely to be one of them.
Since plant-based foods tend to be lower in calories than animal products, it is easy to overeat and consume more calories than needed. Vegetarian Diets can at times be carbohydrate heavy too.
To ensure calorie intake is in line with weight-loss goals, it is important to be mindful of portion sizes and choose nutrient-dense foods rather than empty-calorie snacks.
Again, M.A.P has you covered. We’ve got your macro-nutrients sorted with each vegetarian meal plan designed automatically inclusive of smart shopping lists.
Can Vegetarians Do Intermittent Fasting
Although intermittent fasting may be an effective way to lose weight, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and improve overall health, it is important for vegetarians to understand how to incorporate it into their lifestyle in order to reap its full benefits.
The most common type of intermittent fasting is the 16/8 method. This involves fasting for 16 hours and eating all meals within an 8-hour window. Vegetarians can easily adhere to this type of fasting by eating plant-based foods during the 8-hour window.
My Action Project Meal Plans has a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes. Other types of intermittent fasting include the 5:2 diet, which involves eating normally for five days and then consuming just 500-600 calories on the other two days. We don’t recommend such low calories.
This can be a challenge for vegetarians, as it is hard to obtain adequate nutrition on such low caloric intake; so we suggest the 16:8 plan is best suited to vegetarians.
Although you’ll be getting a considerable amount of nutrients with MAP Plans. Most Mappers prefer to have additional nutrients which support their weight loss journey.
We recommend USANA Health Sciences.
USANA Vitamins are world-renowned. They are manufactured in a FDA Registered Facility and compliment any MAP Meal Plan.
Best Vegetarian Diet for Intermittent Fasting
The best vegetarian diet for intermittent fasting includes a variety of nutrient-dense, plant-based foods that provide adequate amounts of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
It should include a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Eating a variety of plant-based foods helps to ensure that you get all the essential nutrients your body needs during your fasting window and at times there can be a re-feed day in there where you are allowed to eat a little more food but staying within the IF time period.
It is important to make sure you are getting enough protein. Plant-based protein sources such as quinoa, tofu, tempeh, lentils, and black beans are excellent sources of protein for vegetarians and are included in the MAP IF Plans.
Additionally, incorporating leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and legumes into meals is a great way to increase your protein intake.
During fasting windows, it’s important to stay hydrated. Water is essential for keeping your energy levels up and especially important if you exercise over the course of the Intermittent fasting period.
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