Focusing on the health benefits of more mindful eating doesn’t even have to be as restrictive as committing to a vegetarian diet. Mark Bittman‘s healthy, balanced approach–which favors eating a few balanced vegetarian or vegan meals a week–can help folks lower their cholesterol and boost their heart health by cutting back on saturated fats and incorporating more plants into their diet. Which is really what’s healthiest about becoming a vegetarian, and what can, eventually lead to weight loss: The mindful addition of vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based proteins where once there was meat and dairy.
If you’re considering reducing your meat intake, think about why you’re doing it. If it’s for weight loss reasons, that may not be the most sustainable (or healthy) way to make a change. And, when in doubt, there are plenty of resources online…that don’t promise miracle weight loss, without any actual guidance.