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293 pounds, no, its not my weight, or the weight of anybody i know.It is the average amount of three things that people eat too much of in one year. And those three things are Meat, Cheese and oil/ added fats. Yep, the average consumption of meat cheese and oil is 293 pounds per year per person.
We have to eat, and eat we do. And face it, things like meat are easy. Go buy a piece, stick it in the oven, and 10 minutes later you have a burger, or better yet a steak. Vegetarian meals are more complicated and seem to take more time. Plus it seems like our whole society revolves around certain types of meals. Go to a fast food place and try to find something to eat that is vegetarian but also contains a low amount of added fat or oil.
And good luck with that!
The benefits of cutting back are obvious. Weight loss, and lost inches. And better health. And a greater ability to exercise, because you are leaner.
The real question of course is if you are hungry, what the can you eat that will fill you up, making you feel satisfied, and keep you going until the next meal. As someone once said “revolution is only three meals away”
There is only one answer that makes any sense. The internet. The only way to come up with meals that are tasty and filling that are not loaded with meat cheese and oil is to look online.There are literally hundreds of websites dedicated to vegan cooking with all kinds of filling recipes. We use these sites every single day.
That takes care of the meat part. Cheese and added fats is easy.
If you look closely at the the cheese consumption figures you will see something quite interesting. Average consumption is around 30 lbs per year per person, but almost all of that is mozzarella. In other words, Pizza. People are not consuming fancy cheese, its all pizza related. Cut back on pizza, which is essentially a junk food meal, and consume a real dinner, and you will cut out at least 80 percent of your cheese consumption. Save your cheese budget for some really good stuff and save the fat and calories!
Oils is another easy one. The mistaken belief that a salad with dressing on it is healthy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most store bought dressings are extremely unhealthy and are pretty close to pure fat. The best thing is to go on the internet and learn to make you own using hummus etc. If you eat salads with dressing every day, you could easily lop off 500 calories a day with the homemade dressing trick.
Just a few ideas to beat the 293 pound conundrum. Good luck!