Healthy fat forms such an important cog in the LCHF diet, so what do you do if you are a vegetarian? On this episode of the LCHF Podcast, Dr Ann Childers tells you great meat free fat options; while also looking at why vegetarians may be battling to lose weight on the diet. 

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Welcome back and another edition of the LCHF podcast, I’m Brad Brown and I’ve got Dr Ann Childers with me once again. Doc, a question in from Vanessa. She says she’s a vegetarian, she’s really struggling to lose weight by following a LCHF diet. She wanted some advice as far as following this way of eating, from a vegetarian perspective. Could you give her some advice and some help?

What level of vegetarian are you?

Ann Childers: Yes, my question for her would be whether she’s lacto ovo vegetarian, that is that she takes eggs and also milk products, cream etc or whether she is more extreme and on the vegan side. Some vegetarians consider themselves vegetarians even when they eat fish. So they call themselves tescatarians etc.

I’m not sure exactly where she is on the spectrum, but the more extreme toward vegetation one goes, the harder it is to do an LCHF diet. This said, there are some really great fats for those who are on lacto ovo vegetarian diets and one is butter, a well sourced butter from pastured animals and also coconut oil.

How to reduce carbs and raise fats as a vegetarian

She can raise the levels of these and lower the amount of carbohydrates that she’s eating and she should get pretty good results. One of the things that vegetarians often embrace are seed oils and I would say seed oils are unadvisable. There was a recent study on soy oil and admittedly it is in mice, but what they found is that the mice were headed towards diabetes, who drank the soy oil and I have to say, I was surprised by that, I was actually surprised by that.

I was not surprised by the obesity, but to see that they were more likely to become diabetic was an interesting finding. So, if she’s indulging in seed oil, I’d definitely stop that and replace it with olive oil, perhaps well sourced butter if she’s so inclined and coconut oil, virgin or extra virgin type.

BB: I think you make an important point, obviously the more extreme you are, the more difficult it is to follow this diet, but Vanessa, thank you so much for submitting your question. Best of luck.

If there’s anything else we can do to help, please do be in touch. The website to get to, lchfpodcast.com, that’s where you can submit yours and who knows, we could be answering it again next time out. Until then, from myself Brad Brown and Dr Ann Childers, it’s cheers.

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Welcome back and another edition of the LCHF podcast, I’m Brad Brown and I’ve got Dr Ann Childers with me once again. Doc, a question in from Vanessa. She says she’s a vegetarian, she’s really struggling to lose weight by following a LCHF diet. She wanted some advice as far as following this way of eating, from a vegetarian perspective. Could you give her some advice and some help?

What level of vegetarian are you?

Ann Childers: Yes, my question for her would be whether she’s lacto ovo vegetarian, that is that she takes eggs and also milk products, cream etc or whether she is more extreme and on the vegan side. Some vegetarians consider themselves vegetarians even when they eat fish. So they call themselves tescatarians etc.

I’m not sure exactly where she is on the spectrum, but the more extreme toward vegetation one goes, the harder it is to do an LCHF diet. This said, there are some really great fats for those who are on lacto ovo vegetarian diets and one is butter, a well sourced butter from pastured animals and also coconut oil.

How to reduce carbs and raise fats as a vegetarian

She can raise the levels of these and lower the amount of carbohydrates that she’s eating and she should get pretty good results. One of the things that vegetarians often embrace are seed oils and I would say seed oils are unadvisable. There was a recent study on soy oil and admittedly it is in mice, but what they found is that the mice were headed towards diabetes, who drank the soy oil and I have to say, I was surprised by that, I was actually surprised by that.

I was not surprised by the obesity, but to see that they were more likely to become diabetic was an interesting finding. So, if she’s indulging in seed oil, I’d definitely stop that and replace it with olive oil, perhaps well sourced butter if she’s so inclined and coconut oil, virgin or extra virgin type.

BB: I think you make an important point, obviously the more extreme you are, the more difficult it is to follow this diet, but Vanessa, thank you so much for submitting your question. Best of luck.

If there’s anything else we can do to help, please do be in touch. The website to get to, lchfpodcast.com, that’s where you can submit yours and who knows, we could be answering it again next time out. Until then, from myself Brad Brown and Dr Ann Childers, it’s cheers.

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