A flexitarian diet encourages you to slowly wean yourself off of eating meat. You start off at the beginning level where you do not eat meat for two days a week, then you work your way up to three to four days, and eventually you do not eat meat for five days a week.
To many people, reducing your meat intake may seem silly, but there are actually a lot of good reasons why you should go flexitarian.
Studies have shown that those who do not eat meat weigh about 15 percent less than those who do eat meat. This diet can help you to lose up to 20 pounds in 6 to 12 months without having to do anything else. This is because the flexitarian diet encourages you to eat healthier by avoiding meat, and eating more fruits, vegetables and nuts. These foods naturally help to increase your energy levels, which means that you will exercise more. Plus, they help to reduce those nasty food cravings.
A flexitarian diet is higher in fiber because you are eating more fruits and vegetables and substituting more nuts for the meat proteins. The fiber helps the body to get rid of all the cholesterol and unhealthy fats which we consume, and thereby our blood remains clean which helps the whole body to be in better health.
Fruits and vegetables are also high in antioxidants, which help the body to get rid of all the toxins which enter into the body either by ingestion or inhalation. If these toxins are not removed they can cause serious damage to the immune system as well as cause cancer, Alzheimer's and many other diseases.
Lower Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Meat is high in cholesterol and triglycerides, which contribute to the clogging of the blood vessels. These conditions can result in heart disease and high blood pressure. However, a flexitarian diet will not only help you to reduce your cholesterol and triglycerides, but it will also help to keep your blood clean.
People who are on the flexitarian diet generally have more energy than those who eat meat. This is because they choose a variety of healthier foods which provide the body with the right nutrients and do not spike their energy. They are better able to deal with stressful situations.
Look and Feel Younger
All the natural oils that you obtain on a plant-based diet will help you look and feel younger. These oils work from the inside out to clean out all the toxins and keep your skin well hydrated and increase your collagen levels to reduce wrinkles.
Because the flexitarian diet is less stressful on your body, it will help you to live a longer and healthier life. Studies have shown that a vegetarian can increase the life span on average by 3.6 years.
What makes the flexitarian diet so great is that you do not have to quit eating meat altogether. You can gradually reduce your intake when you're ready. As your body gets used to not eating meat, your cravings for it will decrease.