The Benefits of Vegetarianism for Weight Loss

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A friend of mine said he lost 15kgs in 6 months after his Vegetarian girlfriend moved in.
I've also known people who have a limited diet due to allergies to be very slim.
So what is it about being vegetarian that helps people to lose weight?
Ofcourse if you don't eat meat but you do eat Tim Tams you'll need to curb your sweet tooth to see and feel the benefits.
For the most part vegetarians tend to have a well-balanced low-fat high-fibre vegetarian diet and consequently often have lower incidence of coronary artery disease, hypertension, obesity and some forms of cancer. 
Because animal products are the major sources of dietary saturated fat they tend to have more polyunsaturated fat instead.
Remember you needn't be 100% vegetarian, but choosing meals that don't include meat is a good start, or becoming vegetarian for a few months at a time.
There are several different types of vegetarian diets.
Fruitarians: Avoid all animal products and processed foods.
Vegans: Avoid all animal products. 
Lacto-vegetarians: Eat dairy products but not eggs.
Lacto-ovo-vegetarians: Eat both dairy products and eggs.
Semi-vegetarians: Eat fish and/or chicken but no red meat. They are not officially classed as vegetarians.

As long as you eat a variety of foods you will be getting all the nutrients you need. 
If you're not sure where to start try including more of these ingredients in your diet:
Grains and cereals: Wholegrain bread, brown rice, wholewheat pasta, muesli.
Legumes, nuts and seeds: Soya beans. kidney beans, split peas, lentils, almonds, cashews, sesame seeds
Fruit and vegetables: As much as you want - think variety. Try new fruits and vegetables and include them in your diet every day
Dairy or soya products: Look out for fat free and reduced calorie options for milk, yoghurts, cheeses.
Many "meat-free" dishes still have the meaty consistency, and are significantly lower in fat and calories than their counterparts.  
 
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