Weight Loss Recipes

Vegan Broccoli Soup PinIf weight loss is your goal, going plant based is a great first step. Of course, that means you have to eat a healthy plant based diet…not a vegan junk food diet. But that’s easy to do with our plant based weight loss recipes.

You don’t have to eat a salad for every meal or drink a protein smoothie three times a day to lose weight eating a plant based diet. In fact, many plant based recipes are high fiber so you’ll feel fuller while eating fewer calories.

One of the easiest ways to reduce the calories in a recipe is to replace the oil with double the vegetable broth when you sauté your veggies. Ounce for ounce, oil is the highest calorie food we eat so replacing it with vegetable broth cuts out a LOT of calories.

On that same note, you’ll also want to steer clear of avocados and nuts until you’ve reached your weight loss goals. While they are packed with nutrients, they’re also very high calorie. Despite what some people say, a calorie is a calorie and if you eat more than you burn, you will gain weight.

We know Dr. Greger is a big fan of nuts, even quoting studies (funded by the nut industry) that show the benefits of nuts for weight loss, but from our own personal experience, nuts lead to weight gain. That’s because it’s really hard to stop eating at 1 ounce, which is roughly 150 calories or almost 10% of the day’s calories for most people. An ounce of nuts isn’t very many nuts, so it’s easy to eat 3 or 4 ounces before you realize how many you’ve eaten, and that’s 30% to 40% of your day’s calories.

If weight loss is your goal, cut out all of the high fat foods until you reach your goal.

Roasted Green Beans
Roasted Edamame
Roasted Garbanzo Beans
Tofu Scramble
Vegan Spaghetti Sauce

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