By Dr. Ritu Singh, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Brought into circulation by dietician Dawn Jackson Blatner, a flexitarian diet is a seamless amalgamation of a vegetarian and non-vegetarian diet. The principle on which it operates is the consumption of very limited amounts of animal products along with majorly vegetable products on the side.
This diet is a step away from the more constrictive vegan and vegetarian diets, which advise the entire rejection of animal foods in your diet. It was introduced so that people could usher in positive lifestyle changes while having moderate amounts of fun on the way.
What is the core idea of flexitarianism?
Flexitarianism stands on the pillars of a few ideas, which may either be called principles or lifestyle choices. These include-
• Not skipping any of your required proteins in the diet, but obtaining it from the plant and not animal products
• Do away with certain other kinds of foods even above and beyond animal products, like added sugar
• Whatever you eat, make sure it is not extensively processed. Try to go for fresh fruits and vegetables.
• Whenever you feel like taking a break, incorporate some meat products in your diet
Why you should consider flexitarianism-
A diet plan may be all the rage, but before you adopt it, you want to be sure it is the perfect thing for you. Here are a few health benefits listed for you-
• A flexitarian diet may decrease your risks of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and increasing good cholesterol, in the same way, a vegetarian diet does it. However, since a flexitarian diet is not completely vegetarian, the extent of the good effects is yet to be precisely determined.
• This diet may very possibly help you lose weight. The weight loss is brought about by the rejection of processed high-calorie food that a normal non-vegetarian diet affords. Also, there is a great reduction in the consumption of meat and foodstuff rich in fat if a flexitarian diet is followed properly.
• The weight loss triggered by consumption of more dietary fibre and less processed food leads to a direct reduction in your risk amounts for diabetes. Considering the sheer discomfort of the complications of the disease, and the number of people it affects regularly across the globe nowadays, the reduced risk levels alone could be reason enough to adopt this diet.
A flexitarian diet is gaining ground with health enthusiasts everywhere nowadays as it provides an enticing middle ground between good health and indulgence. You have the freedom to switch back and forth between vegetarian and non-vegetarian items, making sure you include mostly healthy foods in between. After going through the list of probable health benefits, you can decide for yourself if switching to flexitarianism might help you.