Flexitarian Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on May 14, 2014

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The Flexitarian Diet may be a good diet program for those who would like the benefits of being a vegetarian, but who do not want to cut out all meat from their diet. The “Flexitarian” term was created by combing the words “flexible” and “vegetarian”. The idea behind this diet, as outlined in registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner’s book, “The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease, and Add Years to your Life”, is to control your calorie intake and eat healthier by consuming more plant-based foods and less meat.

The Flexitarian Diet involves a five-week meal program that instructs dieters on what to consume for their three major meals and snacks. Followers of the program can use the recipes provided in the book or they can create their own plan that better suits their lifestyle. Whatever the flexitarian chooses to do, their primary goal is to maintain a daily 3-4-5 calorie system.

In other words, a flexitarian should try to limit their calorie consumption to 300 at breakfast, 400 at lunch and 500 at dinner, with snacks at around 150 calories each. Including the three meals and two daily snacks, the standard number of calories the average flexitarian should have in a day is 1,500. That being said, an individual’s calorie count may be greater or less than this number depending on various factors (ex. age, gender, height, weight, etc.).

PROS

It is possible to lose weight following the Flexitarin Diet. Research has found that those who follow a vegetarian lifestyle usually have a lower calorie intake and are typically 15 percent lighter than non-vegetarians. Additionally, vegetarians often have a lower risk of developing certain health complications including cancer, diabetes and heart disease. According to Blatner, within 6 to 12 months, the average person, who follows the Flexitarian Diet to the letter, can lose as much as 30 pounds.

CONS

Although becoming a flexitarian may be less challenging than switching to vegetarianism, it is still a very strict diet plan. Blatner’s tips and guidelines that are outlined in her book are helpful and useful, but you will still need to drastically change your eating habits. Furthermore, preparing the necessary meals can be time consuming and involved. This is not a practical or ideal diet for everyone. In addition, keep in mind that weight loss doesn’t just come from following a calorie controlled diet. You also need to engage in regular exercise.

It is recommended that you consult with your medical practitioner prior to following any weight loss regimen that requires you to make drastic changes to your diet.

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