Research shows that low carbohydrate diets are very effective for short term weight loss – a diet of grilled fish or meat together with lots of leafy vegetables can very quickly ‘melt’ away surplus kilos. What happens, though, if you are a vegetarian? Is it still possible to follow a low carb diet plan for vegetarian while respecting the principles of a vegetarian diet?
Protein shakes are an obvious choice for breakfast and delicious protein rich smoothies can be made by blending protein powder, milk, frozen fruit and nut butters. Lunch and supper can be based around vegetables supplemented with a variety of vegetable proteins, while aiming to keep the carbohydrate content as low as possible. Charlotte Debeugny is a bilingual UK Registered Nutritionist and published author working in medical centres in and around Paris. I’m still thinking of becoming a vegetarian, even though I’m not eating meat so often its still a hard decision to say NO forever!
In the first couple of months she tried restricting her calories to 1200 Kcals (a big no no of the Banana Girl Diet) and ended up binging, consequently gaining 10-15lbs pounds which she had worked hard to lose.
In contrast, an average serving of 100g cooked lentils contains 20g of carbohydrate and if you add in a serving of rice, you can easily consume 50g of carbohydrate during one meal!
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