The Flexitarian Diet

When diet fads are scattered all over, it's difficult to find one that actually works for us for the long haul.

The flexitarian diet is an easy diet to follow that isn't restricting. The name itself means that it is a flexible vegetarian diet, hence, flexitarian. It is focused on having a diet that is more on being pro-plants but not anti-meat.

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Advantages:

  • It is a diet that is proven to be effective for weight loss
  • It reduces blood pressure
  • Lowers the risk of diabetes
  • Decreases the risk of dying from heart disease

Disadvantages:

  • It is a learning curve. It takes time to get used to the flexitarian diet especially for a beginner.
  • Less animal protein must be replaced with recommended plant proteins so that you'll be able to fill the gap of common nutrient deficiencies such as: iron, zinc, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, and omega-3 fats.

Since this diet is focused on having you eat more plants and plant-based protein like beans, lentils, and tofu. You can also mix it up with whole grains, potatoes, eggs, avocados, and even fish.

While there are no off-limit foods, keep in mind that its goal is to eat less meat so it is also important to keep in mind to limit the intake of poultry, red meat, pork, and animal fats.

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