Are you trying to lose weight? Do you often feel that your energy reserves run lower than they should? Then perhaps you need to become a pescetarian!
What is a Pescetarian?
A pescetarian is a person who consumes a diet consisting of seafood, eggs, veggies, nuts, beans, grains, fruit, and dairy. It is basically a full vegetarian diet that also calls for nutrition from fish and shellfish to serve as healthy alternatives to meat.
Sound easy? It’s not. Well, not at first, as what many report. We are so accustomed to eating a diet consisting of a lot of meat, but lately it is being thought that we aren’t supposed to be meat eaters at all, rather fish eaters!
We do not possess many of the characteristics of a typical carnivore: sharp front teeth, sharp claws or talons, perspiration by way of the tongue, and so on. So why do we eat meat? Because it’s good, we’re used to it, and changing a diet dramatically requires a lot more discipline that what many of us can find within ourselves.
Why Go Pescetarian?
Weight loss is reported by many of those who decided to convert to pescetarian. Weight loss plans continue to fail many, so rather than looking into more of those commercial diet plans, they look to see what they can do for themselves at home instead. Although pescetarian weight loss is the most common, they also often report:
- Feeling like they have much more energy
- Lighter on their feet
- A more positive outlook
- Less brain fog
- Healthier complexion
- More self control
And the list goes on! The benefits are seemingly limitless. Maybe these changes occur as a result of eating a cleaner diet, or perhaps it’s because we aren’t stuck digesting heavy meat in our long digestive tracts. Either way, the diet works for many, and seeing the promising, positive results makes it easier to stick the diet out indefinitely!
Sample Diet Plan
You might be wondering about portion control and calories, and how that is all figured into the mix for this diet. As with any diet, there’s some guidelines to follow, and if you’re in this to lose weight, then you will want to stick to a plan where you can track your caloric intake and keep it between 1200 and 1600 calories a day.
Since you are already aware of much of the restrictions, I’m going to delve into a couple examples that will show you that cutting out meat isn’t all that bad!
Sample Day Plan #1:
Breakfast: Green smoothie: 2 cups of spinach or kale, ½ avocado, 2 apples skinned, cored and sliced (I prefer green), 1 banana, add milk or almond milk until desired consistency.
Handful of fruit and nut trail mix.
Snack: Peanut butter and apple slices, limit 2 tbsp peanut butter
Lunch: Tuna melt (~4 oz.) on whole grain bread with light mayo, lettuce, tomato, and mozzarella cheese.
Side salad with red wine vinegar
Snack: 6 Cheese cubes and 15 multigrain crackers
Dinner: Bourbon-glazed salmon and ½ cup of white rice with baked zucchini and squash
Dessert: Popcorn drizzled with coconut oil and sea salt
Sample Day Plan #2:
Snack: 1 whole fresh fruit with peanut butter, or yogurt, or peaches with cottage cheese
Brunch: Egg and salmon on English muffin With choice of fruit or side salad with vinaigrette
Snack: Hard-boiled egg with sea salt and pepper
Dinner: Seafood fettuccine, side of choice steamed veggies
Dessert: Banana ice cream (delicious!!)
Seeing these sample plans, you can see that pescetarian weight loss is easy and delicious!
It won’t even really seem like you are on a diet, and after so long, you won’t miss eating meat at all!
The Posh Pescatarian: My Journey to Becoming a Pescatarian
- 1200 Calorie Pescatarian Meal Plan - Diet.com
Diet.com Premium members can follow along with a 4-week 1200 calorie pescatarian diet meal plan, designed by registered dietitians.
- List of Foods That a Pescatarian Can Eat | LIVESTRONG.COM
Pescatarians are similar to vegetarians. The difference between pescatarians and vegetarians is that pescatarians eat fish and shellfish in addition to an otherwise vegetarian diet.
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