Has anyone had any success with either flexitarian diets or vegetarian diets? My plan is to cut out red met for my heart health and to feel better in general. I want to fast one day a week and also want to juice one day a week. I want to lose 20 lbs. I will be starting yoga as well. Basically I want to better myself as a person and stop taking in processed sugars and foods. Any pointers/tips for a 20 year old female?
A flexitarian diet or a pure vegetarian diet can be good. However, you can eat lean cuts of meats other than red meat, fish (very heart healthy is eaten steamed or baked), chicken and eggs without the yolk. You should fast only if it acts as a stress buster for you. If fasting builds up stress or results in binge eating the next day, it is best avoided.
Also, apart from yoga you need to exercise regularly. You need to start slow and then build up stamina as the days progress. A combination of aerobic, strength training and stretches works best. Many people find it difficult to fit an exercise regimen into their lives. The best way is to join a gym. If that is not possible, try building exercise into your daily life. If you lead a busy life, then walk to work, or to bus stand etc, climb stairs instead of using lifts, walk while talking on cell phone, or briskly walk to any place you are going to. See how you can change your lifestyle to incorporate exercise. Hope this helps. Take care!
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