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Ask the expert: I’m a vegetarian yet unable to lose weight

Your current diet lacks good fatty acids and protein, both of which you need for hormone synthesis

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1 Nov 2016 | 12:55 pm

Even though I eat only vegetables and fruits. I am overweight and unable to lose any of my excess kilos.

If you are a vegetarian, it is difficult to eat a low-carb diet. In fact, I hate to break this to you, everything you are eating currently is nothing but carbs. This diet is not just high in carbs, but also not a good long-term strategy to lose weight. Your current diet lacks good fatty acids and protein, both of which you need for hormone synthesis. When you live in hormonal balance, your appetite is well adjusted, you sleep better, you think better and your body has better resources at its disposal to help you burn fat. Remember, 80 per cent of your hormones are made up of fat. You need to start waking up to a tablespoon of ghee, followed by increasing the amounts of nuts, avocados and nut butter – if you are not allergic to nuts, of course. You must include some legumes such as chickpeas and black-eyed peas, and start having some almond milk or coconut chunks as quick small snacks to boost your metabolism. Also, cut back on fruit juices; you might as well be having liquid candy.

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Rashi Chowdhary

is a nutritionist, an inch-loss expert and a certified diabetic educator. She can be contacted on 050 181 5030.