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Can you suggest a healthy vegetarian diet plan?

Can you suggest a healthy vegetarian diet plan?

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Published At July 7, 2018
Reviewed AtApril 26, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a pure vegetarian. I have been hitting the gym on a regular basis during morning hours. I could feel the change in me but not the kind of lean body which I am looking for. I am a foodie and I love to eat everything which is vegetarian. Lots of fat is accumulated in my face and stomach rather than the other parts of my body. Can you suggest a diet plan for the whole day? From 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, I have to sit at my office. So, there are no physical activities involved during that period.

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Based on your current height and weight, your BMI (body mass index) is in the normal category. In order to give you a personalized diet plan, I need more information about:

  1. Your current diet and fitness goals.
  2. Also, can you provide me your report - body fat percentage and waist circumference.
  3. In addition, do you have any medical history and/or taking any medicines and supplements?

If you can send me your accurate 24 hours diet and activity diary, I can make a plan which fits in your schedule and is easy to follow.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you for your prompt reply.

My waist is around 32 inches. I wake up around 7:30 AM. I start my day with apple cider vinegar with honey, lemon, and cinnamon in warm water before I leave for the gym. I go to the gym at 8:00 AM and come back by 9.15 AM. After coming from the gym, I eat cottage cheese approx 50 to 70 mg along with a cup of green tea and four pieces of almond. Then, after I take my shower go for prayers and eat my breakfast.

  1. At 10.30 AM: two to three flatbreads with curd and vegetables. Also, milk tea.
  2. Around 1:00 to 2:00 PM: I go with a carrot and a cucumber or maybe any kind of fruit.
  3. Around 3:00 PM - I eat rice with papad dal and one vegetable.
  4. When I go back home in the evening, I take some snacks with a cup of green tea and maybe popcorn, or any other items cooked at that time like fried samosas.
  5. At night, again I eat two to three flatbreads with a vegetable.
  6. During the night, I take a glass of milk.

On the weekend, I am out with friends. So, once in a week, I drink. I am a regular smoker. It happens twice in a week that I eat a lot of high-calorie food at the restaurant. My sitting duration with no physical activity is from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. My goal is to have a healthy life, and fittest body so that I can show off.

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

After considering your current diet and activity record, it seems you are restricting your full intake in the early hours of the day, and by the evening time you compensate for it with high-calorie, high-fat foods. The better approach is spreading your food intake equally throughout the day. Also, your diet seems to lack enough fruits and proteins. Including at least one fresh fruit a day will be helpful. Consume three wholesome meals preferably homemade and two healthy snacks. Below is a sample meal plan. Use mindfulness to decide quantity.

  1. Early morning snack - 6.00 AM - dry fruits.
  2. Breakfast - 8.00 AM - Homemade idli sambar/upma/traditional local breakfast.
  3. Mid-morning snack - 10.00 AM - Fruit.
  4. Lunch - 12.30 PM - Flatbread/rice + vegetable curry + dal (lentil) + salad + ghee (clarified butter).
  5. Afternoon Snack - 3.30 PM - Dry fruit bar.
  6. Dinner - 7.30 PM - Flatbread/rice + vegetable curry + dal (lentil) + salad + ghee (clarified butter).
  7. Late night snack - 9.30 PM - one glass milk.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Kulkarni Shilpa Prakash
Dr. Kulkarni Shilpa Prakash

Ayurveda Specialist

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