Our expert says:
If you are eating a vegetarian diet then you would need to reduce the amount of fat you use in your diet (e.g. oil or fats used for cooking or in salad dressings, etc). A recent survey of one of our SA Indian communities (some of whom were also vegetarians) found that the greatest amount of energy in the diets was derived from fats used in cooking. High intakes of sugar and sugar sweetened cold drinks and fruit juices can also contribute to weight gain. So try to reduce how much fat and sugar you eat and concentrate on eating unprocessed grains and cereals (brown rice for example), legumes, vegetables and fruit, and nuts and seeds, (in moderation as they also have a high energy content). If you do use milk and dairy products please use low-fat or fat-free yoghurt, milk and cottage cheese in your slimming diet.
If you find it difficult to work out how to reduce your fat and sugar intake, please consult a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area).
Also keep in mind that daily aerobic exercise (e.g. running, jogging, cycling, swimming, skipping, going to the gym or doing brisk walking) for 30 or more minutes a day will also help you to lose weight and tone your body.
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