The Flexitarian Diet: 9 Things You Need to Know

Every year Americans spend literally billions of dollars on weight loss supplements, diet books, medications, and exercise equipment. There are few questions pondered more thoroughly by the American population than “how can I lose weight?”

Unfortunately, it’s a tough question to answer. But when we take cues from celebrities, like Beyoncé and Jay Z, who attribute to a Vegan-fueled diet (or a flexible vegan-vegetarian diet approach that consists of eating veggies, fruits, legumes, nuts, and whole grains, as well as exercising daily) we often forget that stars have things like personal chefs, famous trainers, and at-home gyms.  However, that hasn’t stopped both everyday Americans from looking to icons to find the solution. Hence, the popular new diet known as the “Flexitarian diet”. It’s essentially a vegetarian-lite diet. And no, that doesn’t mean fewer calories for vegetarians–it means the option to eat some, though not much, meat. Here’s what you need to know about Flexitarianism…

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1. Flexitarians Eat Mostly Plants

For generations, the standard American lunch or dinner has involved a lot of meat and starches and a small portion of vegetables often featured in the form of a salad. The Flexitarian diet puts a spin on this by encouraging people to fill their plates with vegetables and limit consumption of meat.

In essence, then, the Flexitarian diet follower will substantially increase their consumption of plants (including fruits and vegetables) while cutting back (but not cutting out) the amount of meat they consume each day.

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