Have you ever heard of the flexitarian diet? Let me explain what it means to be flexitarian and how it helped me lose 30 lbs. 

Quick Introduction

A flexitarian is "a person who has a primarily vegetarian diet but occasionally eats meat or fish" [1]. I think of the diet as a lifestyle that bridges the gap between eating meat and vegetarianism. To me it says ‘I want to open the door to the ideas of vegetarianism but not close the door to eating meat’.

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Pre-transformation Period

Before my transformation I had eaten meat all of my life. In the years leading up to my transformation I was eating more meat than ever before. The main reason for this was that I was in competitive sports where a heavy frame was an asset. In the pursuit and maintenance of a heavy frame I was eating meat six times a day on average. At this point I was 210 lbs and although muscular, I had a lot more body fat than I would like to admit. At this point I did not know any other way of eating and still meeting my protein requirements.

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Becoming a Flexitarian

My journey to becoming a flexitarian began when I met the woman who is now my wife. She had been a vegetarian almost half of her life. I had not known many vegetarians leading up to meeting her so the concept of a meatless diet was fairly new to me. 

At first, I was very much of the mindset that being vegetarian was not for me. How could I have a meal with no meat? I had tried tofu and other common vegetarian foods before but found them to be tough to swallow, literally. 

As my then girlfriend and I become closer she began to cook more and more of the meals I ate. The meals that she cooked were vegetarian of course and, to my surprise, I liked everything that she cooked. This has led to most of my meals being vegetarian. To my pleasant surprise I also started to lose weight quite consistently.

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Post-transformation Period

Now, post-transformation I am much lighter. At 180 lbs I have more energy and feel more athletic than before. Typically all of my meals during the week are vegetarian with a few meals with meat on the weekend. I find that I do not aim to avoid meat but with so many convenient, inexpensive vegetarian options they fill more than 75% of my meals. 

Overall, I recommend the flexitarian diet to anyone. With my personal experience of losing 30 lbs and cutting my grocery bill drastically I have nothing but good things to say. If you feel up to it, give flexitarianism a try. Most importantly, have fun.