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Heya!

So you want to know whether it’s possible to lose weight on a vegetarian diet? Heck yeah it is! That’s good news already, isn’t it?

Now you probably want to know an easy to follow way to put a vegetarian diet into practice and lose a good amount of weight along the way. Well, you’ve come to the right article.

First we go over the basics of weight loss. Then we put everything into practice with our meal plan including ONLY quick and easy recipes. And for everybody who wants to dive down deeper we’ll finish this post with some nutritional information all about the vegetarian diet.

To keep you motivated we’ve created the Veggie Support Group here. You’ll find a friendly community where we share our meals and support each other. Join us! 🙂

Ready? Let’s dive right in!

Before we start – The Weight Loss Basics

Did you know? As a rule of thumb, weight loss is about 75% diet and 25% exercise (1). So just by eating right, we can do loads already!

To lose weight you need to take in less calories than your body requires for maintaining its weight – no matter whether these calories consist of protein, carbs or fat. As simple as that. In reverse: if you eat more calories than your body requires, you gain weight.

Now, what is the easiest way to turn around your calorie balance from gaining weight to losing weight?

Answer: Less highly processed foods, more whole foods. That’s it. We promise you, any serious weight loss diet is based on that fundamental rule.

By highly processed food we mean multi-ingredient industrial mixtures that are no longer recognizable as their original plant or animal source, eg. canned soups, frozen pizzas, sweets, cola (2). 

frozen-food-processed-food

By whole foods we mean food that is not or just a little processed and refined before being consumed, eg. whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, fresh milk, eggs (3)

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What’s the problem with highly processed food? Most of them contain a lot of sugar, unhealthy fats and artificial ingredients. And on top of that they are low in nutrients (4). On the other hand whole foods are exactly the opposite.

Vegetarian Diet For Weight Loss - Get our Free Meal Plan! | hurrythefoodup.comFollow these tips from our friend and certified nutritionist Claire Ruiz MSc BSc and you’ll be sure you automatically eat more whole foods and reduce calorie intake a lot.

  • Use less oil, butter or margarine in cooking
  • Replace sugary snacks like donuts, chocolate, cookies and sweets with nuts and fruits
  • Use low calorie sauces and dressings
  • Replace salted or sugared nuts and seeds for its natural versions
  • Replace high fat cheese with low fat cheese (less cheddar, more cottage cheese)
  • Replace sodas and juices with water and tea (without sugar!)
  • Avoid large portion sizes

Our vegetarian meal plan has all this incorporated, so you can easily follow along. It’ll help you making the 28 day weight loss challenge fun!

Our Veggie Weight Loss Pack

The Meal Plan

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Alrighty, on to the veggie meal plan! It’s only moderate in carbs and higher in healthy fats/proteins making it easier to lose weight. Many of the carbs are fibre, also beneficial for weight loss and maintenance.

Note: this is a 7 day meal plan. ‘Why not more days?’ you might ask. Well, losing weight requires serious will power. That means everything else around should be as easy as possible. Now imagine trying out new recipes almost daily for four weeks straight while you work in your job, care for your kids and so on. Impossible.

Let’s stick to a couple of new recipes in the first 7 days and then tweak for the weeks to come, ok?

We’ve made it as easy as possible for you to follow the meal plan and luckily with the feedback from all of you we are able to improve it continuously.

What if I don’t want to prep all meals?

If you don’t like some recipes or just want to skip breakfast – no problem. Just cross those off the meal plan. And since each meal is assigned to a letter you can find all respective ingredients on the grocery list and cross them off as well. That way you won’t buy anything you won’t use. Easy.

For how many people is the meal plan set up?

The meal plan is laid out just for one single person. Also the recipes only call for ingredients to make only one or two servings. If you want to use the recipes of this meal plan for your partner or whole family you’ll have to multiply the ingredients.

Are there different meal plans for men and women?

Yep, there are two meal plans. One 1500 kcal/day (women) and one 1800 kcal/day (men). If you want to calculate your individual calorie intake we recommend modifying the snacks to reach your daily calorie limit. Alternatively you can always vary the calories of a meal by adding or removing certain ingredients (bread, avocado, etc.) to adjust to your individual level.

When should I start with the vegetarian weight loss meal plan?

Begin whenever you like. How about today? 🙂

And what about drinking?

Avoid soft drinks and alcohol. Stick to water (with lemon or mint), tea and coffee without sweeteners. You’ll save a ton of calories!

What should I eat for the weeks after the 7 day meal plan is over?

Easy! Either you repeat our 7 day meal plan, or even better: you customize your own! That’s why we’ve added a meal plan template to the pack as well. Just copy-paste what you liked from the previous week and add new recipes to the plan (there are loads more ideas here).

Last but not least: don’t overthink things. It’s ok to skip a meal from the meal plan. For example Hauke almost always has muesli with soy milk for breakfast. (‘Leave me alone with those complicated recipes in the morning, will ya?’)

And if you want to swap a dish from one day to another, that’s fine too! Or maybe you want to make that delish Black Bean Soup more often? Go for it!

Tracking Results

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It’s nice to see how you slowly build your weight loss graph 🙂

Yeeesss, tracking stuff can be fun, if you’re commited!

1. We’ve created a super simple sheet for you to keep track of your weight loss. Give it a chance and write down your weight here each week. Holding yourself accountable is a magical trick that helps to keep you much more motivated!

2. Join our Veggie Support Group on Facebook! Whether you’re looking for vegetarian recipe inspiration, motivation or tips to overcome weight loss plateaus, just ask away in this group.

People who are already further in their weight loss journey are there to help out. Plus, with Claire Garcia Ruiz MSc BSc, we also have a nutritionist very familiar with the vegetarian diet and specialized in weight loss supporting us! How cool is that?

Alright, now it’s time to finally get you going! These are the steps to get started in a nutshell:

  1. Download the Vegetarian Diet For Weight Loss Pack (below)
  2. Hop over to the meal plan, and print it out along with the grocery list
  3. See which recipes you don’t want to make and cross them off the meal plan and grocery list
  4. Think of what you want to eat instead. Note those groceries on the list, if needed
  5. Buy the groceries as soon as you want to start the challenge. How about now?
  6. Start tracking the your progress on your weight loss tracker
  7. And most of all: have fun!

Additional Chapter: Nutrition Basics in a Vegetarian Diet

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We included this part for everybody who wants to know more about how a vegetarian diet influences your nutrition intake.

First off, if you are eating a variety of foods in appropriate quantities, it’s unlikely that you are missing out on any key nutrients as a result of going vegetarian.

Actually, being on a vegetarian diet can have many health benefits, if you avoid processed foods and stick to whole foods as mentioned earlier. Compared to the “standard western” diet including meat, vegetarians as a population have a lower rate of the common conditions list below (5, 6):

  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Lower rates of hypertension
  • Lower LDL cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Type II diabetes
  • Overall lower rates of cancer

That said, there are some important points to mention in relation to:

  • Protein
  • Omega 3 fats
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B12

Protein

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Against popular belief meeting protein requirements shouldn’t present any issues at all. A balanced vegetarian diet can provide all the protein you need (7). Include a wide variety of protein containing foods into your diet and you’ll be absolutely fine:

  • Nuts, peas, beans (including peanuts)
  • Dairy products (cheese has similar protein to meat/fish by weight)
  • Eggs (considered a complete protein)
  • Tofu and meat substitutes
  • Rice, grains, pasta, quinoa and breads

Omega 3

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In general the typical Western diet is too high in Omega 6 relative to Omega 3. This means even though you were not eating vegetarian it would be recommendable to have an eye on your Omega ratio (8, 9).

Omega 3 fats have important anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic effects (reducing the risk of blood clotting). Their anti-inflammatory processes may be particularly important if you have an inflammatory condition such as arthritis or eczema. Also they appear to be important for our brain to perform well.

For you it means to include foods with a good Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio into your diet to get the balance right.

Eat more

  • flax seeds,
  • chia seeds
  • flaxseed oil

And avoid vegetable oils high in omega 6 like sunflower oil. Here’s also a list of foods high in omega 3 and omega 6 for you to get an overview.

Vitamin B12

Important functions of vitamin B12 are the formation of red blood cells as well as maintaining a healthy brain and nervous system.

Most animal foods contain vitamin B12, especially fish. Vegetarians (as opposed to vegans) can get their B12 intake from dairy products and eggs.

Also, many foods are fortified with B12. Examples of these include breakfast cereals, yeast extracts, soy, almond and rice milks. But definitely check labels to be sure.

Good sources of vitamin B12 in a vegetarian diet include:

  • Eggs
  • Dairy products – cheese and milk are natural sources
  • Yeast extract – a fortified source
  • Fortified cereals, soy milk, and soy yogurt

Iron

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Iron is needed to carry oxygen to all the body’s cells. It is also involved in the cellular production of energy, which is why one of the first signs of low iron deficiency is feeling tired and fatigued (10). For the challenge it means we need to eat enough nutrition dense foods in order to get the amount of iron we need.

Good sources of iron in a vegetarian diet include:

  • Chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans and other pulses
  • Tofu
  • Sprouted beans and seeds
  • Breakfast cereals and bread
  • Green leafy vegetables like kale and cabbage, and also broccoli
  • Nuts, such as almonds and cashews
  • Dried apricots, dates and raisins
  • Date syrup and molasses

Luckily you won’t have to worry about all this every time you grab something to eat, if you follow our “Less Carb Vegetarian Meal Plan”. The meal plan is designed to take care of those nutrients.

To finally finally finish this post we can’t let you go without mentioning one last time the simple steps for starting out with our Vegetarian Diet For Weight Loss Meal Plan. It couldn’t be easier:

  1. Download the Vegetarian Diet For Weight Loss Pack here
  2. Hop over to the meal plan, print it out along with the grocery list
  3. See which recipes you don’t want to make and cross them off the meal plan and grocery list
  4. Think of what you eat instead. Note those groceries on the list, if needed
  5. Buy the groceries as soon as you want to start the challenge. How about now?
  6. Start tracking the Challenge on your weight loss tracker
  7. And most of all: have fun!

Talk soon!

Disclosure

We would like to take a moment to note that this post is for information purposes only. It does not claim to provide medical advice or to be able to treat any medical condition. It makes no claims in respect to weight loss, either in terms of the amount or rate at which weight loss could be achieved. If you have any concerns regarding your health please contact your medical practitioner before making changes.

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79 comments

  1. hmm, strange – you should have received it via email. Did you sign up? Otherwise let me send it to you via email 🙂

  2. Sure thing! I’ve sent the files over 🙂
    Sorry for the confusion!

  3. Sorry! Now I got it… 😉

  4. Hi Anjana,
    we’re just in the process of updating it 🙂
    I’ll send it over asap!

  5. Evening. I would like to try this out. I’ve actually been in debate with going vegan or this. Could you possibly send me meal plan as well sir? I’d really appreciate it….And not exactly sure how you sign up…Help would be nice. 🙂 Thanks. -Michelle

  6. Hi Harpreet,

    as mentioned in the beginning, we’re updating the plan at the moment. Will get back to you asap 🙂

  7. Hi Latora! Sorry for the late reply. I worked on the meal plan last week and finally updated it. You can download it now on this page 🙂

  8. Hi Madelien,
    sorry for the super late reply! I finally updated the vegetarian weight loss meal plan. You can download it for free in this post 🙂

  9. Hi Kate,
    sorry for the really late reply! Lot’s of changes in my private life lately, but last week I finally found the time to update the veggie weight loss meal plan. It’s downloadable on this page for free 🙂

  10. I signed up for the vegetarian meal plan and did not receive an email. I may i have typed in my email incorrectly :/.

  11. Hi Natalie, sorry for the late reply! I double checked the download form. It should work. But yep, sometimes there might be a hick-up or something. I have sent you the meal plan manually via email. It should have arrived already 🙂

  12. Hi Paul! I found you on the email list as “confirmation pending”. I guess you didn’t receive a confirmation email yet. I guess it’s in the spam folder. Anyway, I added you manually to the list now 🙂
    I hope the meal plan arrives well!

  13. Hiya, I’m having trouble downloading the meal plan – could you send it to me via email please?

  14. Hi Kirtee, just fill out the email box and it will be sent to you 🙂

  15. email address sent. Can’t wait to get some lovely recipes!!!

  16. Where do I download the 7 day vegetarian diet plan???

    • Hi Nora! At the bottom and middle of the post is a box to enter your email address – add it in there and you’ll get the plan via email 🙂

  17. Hey guys, I signed up on the website and downloaded the Vegetarian 7 day meal plan but I dont see it in the email.
    Could you please see what is happening? I really want to give this a try.
    BTW this is an awesome website with tremendous information. Thanks!!

    • Hi Lakshmi! Thanks for the comment, and really pleased to hear the website has been so useful 🙂

      Could you check your promotions/spam folders for the email with the plans please? Particularly using Gmail they end up there. If not, just let me know and I’ll get everything sent to you separately. Cheers!

  18. Hi Guys, I think there’s a problem with the link on your website for the download of the week weight loss plan. Can you please send to me?

  19. Hi Kat! Do you mean the link within the email you received? Would you mind sending the email to [email protected]

    That would be very helpful, thank you! Will forward you the weight loss plan now anyway 🙂

  20. Hi Isabel! Please check all sub folders (spam/promotions/junk) etc as the meal plan often gets sent there instead of your regular inbox!

  21. I’ve sent it to you via email. Should be there by now 🙂

  22. Hi Bella, did you sign up for the meal plan using your email? It will be sent to you. Please check your spam/promotions/other inbox if you still can’t see it. Thanks!

  23. can I have the meal plan please?

  24. Hi guys, where is the sign up option?

  25. Hi Soni, just add your email to the sign up box and we’ll send everything to you 🙂

  26. Hi Pearl, there’s a box to sign up with your email address. After you’ve entered that it’ll be sent to you automatically. Thank you!

  27. Hi,

    Doesn’t show me the Sign-up button to enter my email address. Is it possible to send the plan to my email address attached here?

  28. Hi Amanda, it’s very odd and we’re looking into the issue, thanks. For now, I’ve emailed you the plan 🙂

  29. I can’t find the plan. Could you email it to me please. Thank you.

  30. Hi Sant, how are you? You should be able to download the meal plan from the download-form just underneath the article photo. Do you see it?

  31. Hi Manish, please check your ‘promotions’ folder, it often finds its way there when using gmail!

  32. Hi Amma, please scroll back to the top of the page and enter your email into the green box, and we’ll send it to you from there 🙂

  33. Sent the email id still no mail for recipe download

  34. Hi,
    I have signed up for the meal plan, but i do not eat eggs. any suggestions on how to substitute a recipe that requires eggs.

    • Hi Seema, in the meal plan most of the eggs are based in pancakes. They’re quite tough to replace as an individual ingredient, so instead of taking the pancakes for breakfast I’d choose a different breakfast (or two) from another day and make that twice. We do have pancakes without eggs (https://hurrythefoodup.com/vegan-banana-pancakes/) but they’re higher in calories and I wouldn’t neccessarily recommend them for weight loss). With the farmer’s hash you could definitely skip the egg, or add in some cottage cheese at the very end of cooking for a protein kick. The last egg is as a snack – just pick another snack instead. I hope that helps!

  35. Didn’t get the 7 day plan after entering my email and confirming the email.

  36. It says an error occurred when I try entering my email any resolves

  37. Hi guys, first of all keep up the good work. I am following your website from lat couple of weeks. It’s not easy to be a Vegetarian…I went on adding my email address to download 7 days weight loss plan. Haven’t received any email. Can you please help with this. Thanks heeps. Jas

    • Hi Jas! Good to have you with us. Don’t worry – it gets easier! There’s lots to learn, and lots of tricks to help out. In my humble opinion, it’s worth sticking to! I’ve just reset you in our email server – sometimes hotmail moves the emails into the ‘junk’ folder. If you still can’t find it, please search your inbox for ‘your meal plan is here’ and it should pop up!

    • I finally showed up. Thanks.

  38. Tried twice. Never recieved the email. Is it possible to send it to me?

  39. Made two requests, got nothing, help!

    • Hi Cheryl, nothing has gone into the system, yet. I’ve double-checked and everything seems to be working though. Do you have another email address you could try? Cheers!

  40. I am quite impressed with this simple to do diet plan. Nothing fancy at all. I started today. Hope if I follow it properly I will loose. Anything specific to alter I am 5 feet and 65.7 on a digital scale.

    • Very cool to hear you like the plan! Yep, quite some effort went into it 🙂
      I don’t think there is much to alter for you. There should be a small guide on calculating your necessary calories. Then I’d have a look how the female plan compares to it. If you notice the calories are a bit to high I’d just leave out a snack or so. Or maybe reduce the serving sizes a bit. Enjoy! 🙂

  41. Hey, Is it possible to have meal plan without egg? I hail from India and vegetarians over here do not eat egg however can have dairy products.

    • Hi, at the moment we’re working on a vegan meal plan. In the meantime I’d suggest just removing the recipes with egg, and replacing them with an alternative from the plan. For example, get rid of any breakfasts with egg, and choose your favourite breakfasts without egg instead 🙂

  42. Loving the information on this website, you have done great job on the
    articles.

  43. Shanelle Doucet-Dupre

    Hi, I tried to sign up twice and never received an email:/ Is it possible to re-send it to me please? 🙂

  44. I signed up for the meal plan but nothing has been sent through. Because I didn’t get the email, how do I get the meal plan?

  45. Hi I’m looking forward to trying this diet. I’ve been mostly vegan for a little over a month with no weight loss. I’m thinking I’m probably eating too many carbs and too little protein .

  46. I already subscribed but not getting the meal plan.
    I need 160 gms of protien per day, and i am pure vagetarian, not even eggitarian also.

    So please give me a weight loose plan for that.

    • Hi Bhavin, please check that you entered your email address correctly, and if you have then please also double-check your spam/promotions folder. The meal plan should be there. At the moment we don’t have an egg-free high-protein meal plan, but a vegan one is in the works as we speak, so watch this space!

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