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Jessica Rice
Jessica is certified as a Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Exercise Science from Azusa Pacific University. She is seen by her clients as an awesome resource for providing nutritional guidance and safe, effective workout routines in every session. Her training programs have helped a wide population of people, from overweight individuals to athletes, elderly clients and those want to strengthen/tone their bodies. With her years of experience, Jessica's goal is to teach people a lifestyle instead of a quick fix to a bikini body, to share her knowledge, get results, and to show that being truly happy means being healthy!
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vegetarian mistakes - cq nation

Myth – Becoming a vegetarian will help me drop a size.

Eliminating meat from your diet can result in great health benefits, but if you don’t follow a vegetarian diet properly, you could accidentally pack on pounds.

Here are some common vegetarian beginners’ mistakes that may cause weight gain. Avoid becoming these vegetarian “types”:

Cheese-aholic vegetarians:

They cut out meat from their diets and turn to cheese as a protein source. But cheese is a high-calorie, high-fat food and should be eaten in moderation.

Faux-meat fixators:

All they eat is boxes of frozen faux meats, such as soy chicken nuggets, vegetarian sausage links, and veggie bacon strips. These products are okay once in a while, but they are heavily processed and can have a lot of sodium, resulting in bloating and water retention.

No-veggie vegetarians:

A lot of vegetarians don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. They eat only grains, beans and veggie burgers, all of which can be high in calories.

Same-meal-minus-the-meat vegetarians:

These people eat the same meals they did before, but without the meat. If they’re not replacing the protein, they’ll probably have a ferocious appetite and may be missing out on essential nutrients.

“Vegetarian” food label fans:

These people find any recipe or packaging that contains the word “vegetarian” or “meatless” and then overeat that food. They often wind up taking in too much junk food. Be aware that the word “vegetarian” is not synonymous with “healthy” or “low-calorie.”

If you are vegetarian start replacing meat with beans in recipes for an easy, healthy—and inexpensive—protein source. Also  start having fun with vegetarian recipes. Find ones you like that you’re going to keep eating. Enjoy the journey of it!

Learn to balance your meals, eat healthy and find a consistency with exercise that you love! Enjoy the journey and don’t ever let any of these “weight gain” excuses to hold you back!