The key to losing weight effectively for vegetarians is to make it easily sustainable so you won't give up halfway through. To make it sustainable you have to take baby steps in progression. Here's how...
1. Phase Out Junk Food One by One
Transitioning to a vegetarian diet doesn't mean you'll lose weight if what you eat is all processed vegetarian food. Such veggie-in-a-box is way too convenient especially for busy people who want a quick fix. But your waist suffers as a consequence.
It's hard to quit them overnight for weight loss due to your already habitual cravings for these vegetarian foods which are high in sugar, sodium and fat. So, list out the vegetarian foods you normally eat in order from the one you like most to the one you like least. Then starting from the bottom, strike off the one you like least and replace it with a healthier choice.
For example, you generate 10 names and the last on the list is chocolate cookies. Now, replace that with a fresh fruit snack. 3 days later, move up the list to get rid of another one or two more, until you replace all your junk vegetarian foods with healthier options. This way you'll lose weight more easily than those who quit all junk foods in a week. You won't likely suffer rebound effect. And your cravings for them will vanish as your weight shrinks and health improves.
2. Raise Your Metabolism to Burn More Fat
Making wise food choices gradually is one easy way to lose weight for vegetarians. Another easy way is raise your metabolism by increasing your physical activities, again, progressively.
Have you been stopping exercising for months? It's not easy to get your butt off the cozy couch and start working out like a pro. You need to start off with something easy, say, walking.
For example, on Monday morning, you spend 30 minutes on that. In that 30 minutes, you walk at your normal pace for 3 minutes then brisk walk for 1 minute and then normal walk again. This is what we called interval training. This may not result in much fat loss as compared to higher intensity interval training, but it's definitely a good start-off point for you to begin with, especially when you've not been working out for so long.
As you progress through to lose weight the vegetarian style with interval training, you can increase the intensity level week by week such that instead of walking-brisk walking, you can go with jogging-running and so forth. Do the same for any other sports, you'll burn more fat in due course.
3. Find a Buddy for Your Vegetarian Weight Loss
Do you find it difficult to execute the vegetarian weight loss plan all by yourself? Indeed, if you can have someone standing by to give you support or even better, an overweight vegetarian who wants to lose weight like you, I'm sure your vegetarian weight loss plan will progress by leaps and bounds. With a buddy, the two of you can remind each other of what to eat and what not to eat. However, if you can't find a weight loss buddy, take your room mirror as your weight watcher then.
Are these vegetarian weight loss tips easy to carry out? They're simple to do but you must exercise discipline in order to succeed. No weight loss regimen requires no discipline.