Eat healthfully and lose weight without feeling deprived by combining the best of vegetarianism and meat-eating.
Step 1: Count calories Count calories. The plan allows for between 1,500 and 1,800 calories, depending on how much weight you want to lose, and how quickly.
TIP: To lose a pound a week, you need to cut about 500 calories a day from you current diet, or add in exercise that burns calories.
Step 2: Go meatless two days a week Go meatless two days a week, and don't eat more than 26 ounces of meat over any five-day period. Replace meat with beans, nuts, seeds, and tofu.
Step 3: Eat breakfast Eat a meatless breakfast of one slice of whole-grain bread with almond butter or peanut butter and a sliced apple.
Step 4: Eat a meatless lunch Eat between a quarter and a third of your calories at lunch. Eat a vegetarian burger on a whole-wheat bun with avocado, salsa, and cilantro.
TIP: The Flexitarian diet allows for the use of flaxseed oil, agave nectar, and sunflower-seed butter in cooking.
Step 5: Flex it up for dinner Eat a dinner of around 500 calories. One recommendation is a stir-fry with brown rice, mixed vegetables, ginger, garlic, and a half-cup of tofu.. Substitute 2 ounces of chicken or lean steak if you wish.
Step 6: Eat low-cal snacks Eat snacks that have around 150 calories, such as popcorn with parmesan cheese and herbs or pineapple with candied ginger and pecans.
Step 7: Research shows that vegetarians, on average, eat fewer calories and less fat than non-vegetarians.