Mods, I’ve put this in IMHO as I’m looking for advice. Feel free to move if necessary.
I’m very overweight and also vegetarian. I’ve always been overweight and have had some luck with diets. Primarily, I get really horrible feelings about dieting because of various childhood ‘issues’ (persistently being on a diet and excluded from things, being berated by one parent repeatedly and yelled at for eating in front of him, etc.), but on the other hand I hate being overweight. It’s really a mix of being horribly busy and also using food when stressed.
As an adult, I consulted a doctor to try to find weight-loss advice. He did offer me medication (which helped losing the weight, but also prevented me from sleeping due to being really hot and agitated) but both the doctor and the nutritionist couldn’t instruct me what to do as a vegetarian. They always offered me regular diet books and told me to take the meat out. That doesn’t really work.
I would really like to know what I, as a severely overweight person, should be eating. I know a lot about what I shouldn’t eat, but I’d like a diet that’s going to let me lose weight but also be good for my health long-term. Weight Watchers was somewhat helpful, but it didn’t tell me what to eat – just how much of it I could eat. I’d like to know about protein and fat and carbs. What should I be aiming for? Should I not be worrying about it? What about vitamins?
Also, is there any good fitness programs out there for people like me?
FYI: I’m in my twenties and female. I know I can walk, but that gets tedious, and I’m looking for some variety Anyone have videos and stuff like that? I tried Tae-Bo but it was really too difficult for me to keep up with. Most of the stuff I’ve tried is really too fast for me.
I’m also thinking about the medication option. I am severely overweight and in the class of people that I probably should be taking medication to drop the weight. The metabolism-boosting drug did help (I lost 20 pounds in the first month) but was difficult to deal with. Does anyone have advice here?
Books on dieting for vegetarians with qualified medical background would be helpful. Advice from successful vegetarian dieters is especially welcome.