Adopting a vegetarian diet shouldn't just entail omitting animal products from your next shopping list. If you're considering making the switch to being a vegetarian, follow our tips to ensure your new diet meets your body's needs.
Remember, first of all, that any diet change should aim for a balanced range of wholesome foods with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods. Make sure you are still getting enough (but not too many) calories for your activity level and weight-control goals. Continue to restrict saturated and trans fats and simple carbohydrates.
It is always advisable to speak with a dietitian, nutritionist or other qualified health expert before making significant changes to your diet.
If you’re changing from a non-vegetarian diet to a lacto-vegetarian diet (still includes milk products and eggs), keep these pointers in mind: