What You Should Know
The Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian Diet is similar to the Lacto Vegetarian Diet, but the dieter is allowed to consume eggs. The roots of vegetarianism are religious, but westernized cultures throughout the world have adopted the plan for a variety of reasons. In the United States, some people choose to follow a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet to lose weight while others simply want to eliminate meat products and byproducts from the diet for personal reasons. Strict lacto vegetarians do not allow eggs because taking eggs is the same as taking young from the animal. Lacto-ovo vegetarians are not as strict. In terms of weight loss, vegetarianism is not typically a low calorie diet. Eating vegetables in place of meat may decrease calories, but only if the dieter chooses to eliminate starchy vegetables and vegetable-based oils. There are plenty of lacto-ovo vegetarians who are overweight.
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Diet plan that allows no meat products – aside from eggs.
To immediately assume a vegetarian diet leads to weight loss would be incorrect. Vegetarian diets are not low fat or low calorie diets by nature. They are diets that eliminate meat products, but vegetable based fats like corn oil and vegetable oil are allowed, so the dieter must make healthy, low calorie choices to lose weight.
The lacto-ovo vegetarian diet is considered the first phase of moving from a typical diet to a vegetarian or vegan diet. The dieter eats eggs as a source of protein. In some cases, eating excessive amounts of egg can lead to unhealthy cholesterol levels, so moderation is the key. If a dieter wants to lose weight using a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet, they must control portion sizes, eliminate excessive fat intake and eat only the egg whites and not the egg yolk. Tofu and certain vegetables contain protein, so moving from a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet and maintaining good health is possible, but require attention to detail and regular food tracking.
- A lacto-ovo vegetarian diet is easier to follow than a vegan diet.
- Eggs provide a good source of protein.
- Diet information is free online.
- The diet lacks lean sources of protein.
- Eggs may grow boring after a short time on the diet.
- A lacto-ovo vegetarian diet is not necessarily low calories.
- No exercise is required to follow the diet plan.
Some dieters believe consuming animal products causes weight gain and increased health risks. The lacto-ovo vegetarian diet is a step in the right direction, but losing weight is not automatic. Dieters need to keep a detailed food journal and record protein intake to maintain good health. To lose weight, the lacto-ovo vegetarian must reduce caloric intake and exercise regularly.