Among many of our other lifestyle experiments, Diana and I have tried an (almost) exclusively vegetarian diet for almost a year and a half now. I decided to try it as an experiment for a month after seeing how I looked in some photographs and realizing that I started getting a double chin, a bit of a gut and weighed almost 25 pounds more than when I started college.
While there are many ways to approach a diet to lose weight successfully, I chose vegetarianism fairly arbitrarily, I just wanted to try something completely different. Lacto-ovo vegetarianism is also rather easy to accommodate when compared to more extreme diets like veganism. (I tried veganism but found it too extreme when I developed a vitamin B12 deficiency.)
After my first month without meat, I already saw great results. I lost weight, I looked better and I felt better too. More than just improving my own physical appearance, vegetarianism also opened up a whole range of new foods and recipes than what I would have ever tried otherwise. Now, almost a year and a half later, I cook almost all the food I eat, spend about 5 times less on food than in the past and feel that I eat better than nearly any restaurant meal I’ve ever had.