So, you want to achieve your goals, follow the Ideal Protein Diet and remain a vegetarian? Well that is perfectly acceptable. According to a recent Gallop Poll, up to 9% of the population in America have self-reported as being vegetarian. With a population that size, it is inevitable that there will be many options to be successful and adapting will be a breeze for the perfect Ideal Protein Vegetarian Diet.
As we have previously talked about in the Ideal Protein Phase 1 protocol, most of your food will come from Ideal Protein packets or Ideal Protein Alternative packets. With being said, knowing what vegetarian options are available will be the key to maintaining your diet and achieving your goals. You may have to choose from a meat replacement protein such as eggs or Tofu or be willing to research products to review the ingredient lists. We have done our best to help identify some available options, but the list of options really is endless.
The key to being successful with the IP Diet, and especially with the vegetarian modification, is finding something that works for you. You will need to identify the products that you enjoy, ones that you can sustain over a long period of time. Ideal Protein Phase 1 is just the begging of the program and the beginning of a new you. You will have to learn your triggers and cravings are. Identifying what IP products will satisfy those cravings and IP sweet treats will be enough to keep you going strong. Ideal Protein has proven to be successful and the Ideal Protein Vegetarian Diet can be successful as well. You just need to keep your motivation strong and follow our suggestions below.
Ideal Protein Vegetarian Meat Replacements
Trying to replace meat in a relatively high protein diet can prove to be difficult. However, there are many meat replacements options available now that will make following the IP diet easier. Things like tofu, eggs, and plant-based meat substitutes all will help fill in the Ideal Protein Packet and meat requirements. The truth, like always, will be in the labeling. Paying attention to the labels, avoiding soy, and sticking to only IP allowed ingredients will be the key to your success.
We understand at first there may be a transition period or learning curve. However, this would be true with any new diet not just an IP Vegetarian diet. Moreover, trying to maintain high protein, moderate fats, and low carbohydrates can be even more difficult. Choosing from one of the following meat substitutes make your choices a little easier.
The following options will help maintain ketosis and provide a similar fat loss rate as the normal Ideal Protein Phase 1 protocol:
- 4-5 oz firm or extra firm tofu – See Ideal Protein Tofu Recipes
- Eggs as meat shown on the phase sheet under poultry (6 eggs with 2-4 whole eggs and the rest as egg whites)
- Two Unrestricted Packets
When using plant-based meat replacements, it is important to keep in mind these products may contain ‘Added carbs’. This doesn’t mean the Ideal Protein Diet will not work. It simply means fat loss may be a little slower than following the traditional Ideal Protein Diet. The rate of fat loss could be compared to the Ideal Protein Alternate Phase 1 Protocol for Athletes and Ideal Protein Phase 1 Protocol for Diabetics. No matter how fast or slow you loose fat, the important thing is that you are losing fat. You are headed in the right direction and moving closer towards your goal. In the grand scheme of things, there are short-term goals and long-term goals. Losing fat each week is a short-term goal and reaching your goal weight is a long-term goal; so any amount of weight-loss big or small will help you achieve greatness.
Ideal Protein Vegetarian Options
Not only can adhering to a diet be difficult but balancing your vegetarian lifestyle can be even more difficult. It is not easy adhering to a strict Ideal Protein Diet. That does not mean there are not options available. It just means you will have to pay closer attention to the labels. You may have to be more intentional about what is going into your body. I am sure, just like every vegetarian, vegan, or specialized dieter, these habits have already been ingrained into your lifestyle. Making the right choices more than likely will come naturally. However, ensuring you are sticking to the Ideal Protein Guidelines will greatly increase your chance of success.
If you are looking for a great snack and what to maintain the Ideal Protein Vegetarian Diet, the following options may be just want you need:
Vegetarian Chips –
In addition to your packets, snacks, shakes, and bars, you can also focus on eating higher protein vegetables. Some high protein vegetables include:
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green pepper, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard green, Onions, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnip greens, Watercress, Zucchini
Whatever you choose to substitute or add-in as a vegetarian option, keep in mind the criteria for IP Phase 1. For the first 3 weeks carbs should be below 7 grams. Protein should be around 20 carbs, and fat calories no more than 30% of the total calories. After week 3 and the remainder of phase 1, net carbs can increase to 14 grams. Protein remains at 20 grams, and fat still should be below 30% of the total calories.
Being a vegetarian and adhering to the Ideal Protein Diet can be challenging. We have outlined the basic keys to being successful and identified some tasting options to substitute along the way. The key to fat loss while following the Ideal Protein Vegetarian Diet will be paying attention to the label. Watching for ‘added carbs’ and using an IP Calculator to make sure you are staying in ketosis. If you have any questions follow the Ideal Protein Vegetarian Food Guide. If you can balance all these factors, you will greatly increase your chances of achieving your goal. We believe you are capable, and we know you will do great. Smash IP Phase 1 and we can’t wait until you move onto Ideal Protein Phase 2!