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    Hi guys, I fallow the primal blueprint for sometime now and I'm so happy with the results, never the less I find indisputable biochemical arguments in favour of the model. However this question can't stop hunting me - why aren't vegetarians obese. They eat mainly grains and starches and yet they are not obese and most of the vegetarians I know are not even skiny fat. All that carbo is supose to skyrocket their insulin, and there for - all additional should be turned into trigliceryds and stored as fat.Yes the all look sick and foggy minded but not obese. This is even their main argument - "I am skiny and I feel very light thats why I become vegetarian". I am strugaling to get this straight

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    There are plenty of obese vegetarians, what are you talking about?
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    • #3
      "Skyroketing" insulin does not mean fat storage. It's all about how much one eats. Good carbohydrates are absolutely necessary. With that said most grains and all seed oils are best avoided for the sake of long term health.
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      • #4
        Like, here... About a quarter of Swedish vegans and vegitarians are overweight or obese- Risk of overweight and obesity among semivegetarian, lactovegetarian, and vegan women

        I didn't need a study to tell me that, I can just look around me, but there is one.
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        • #5
          I'm pretty sure OP was referring to specific group of vegetarians that he/she knows.

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          • #6
            I'm pretty sure anyone whose first post at a primal/paleo board is about vegetarians is related to a troll.
            "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

            B*tch-lite

            Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
              I'm pretty sure anyone whose first post at a primal/paleo board is about vegetarians is related to a troll.
              That may well be true. It's still a legitimate question imo.

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              • #8
                Yeah, maybe if it were true. And if skinny was the one true measure of health.

                How 'bout this as a generalization? Some vegetarians are thin because their food sucks, so they don't eat a lot of it.
                "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                B*tch-lite

                Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Graycat View Post
                  I'm pretty sure OP was referring to specific group of vegetarians that he/she knows.
                  If that's so, it's likely because they eat whole foods as opposed to processed crap. Or they may be genetically blessed.
                  Out of context quote for the day:

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                  • #10
                    If a vegetarian overeat lots of dirty vegan food, such as cakes and cookies, he may look like shit, and the same goes to the paleo crowd; if overeating bacon, oils, lard and bulletproof coffee they may look like shit also! Eating the majority of clean unprocessed food will keep vegetarians healthy, especially if they eat some eggs/fish and diary together with all their fruit and vegetables…
                    "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                    - Schopenhauer

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                    • #11
                      why aren't vegetarians obese.
                      I was a morbidly obese vegan, followed by many years of being an obese vegetarian. I'm now a merely overweight primal eater.

                      I think overall, vegetarians are often thinner because they don't eat quite as shitty of a diet as people that eat fast food all the time. But for some people, it's not exactly a weightloss formula.

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                      • #12
                        I've known plenty of overweight/obese vegetarians. And none who seem healthier than me, even the "in shape" ones.

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                        • #13
                          The few vegetarians I know eat processed food and are either obese or skinny fat - if they stick to whole foods ( bread and pasta are not whole foods) then they may be OK ( but quite a bit of food prep would be required I think).

                          One person that is a friend of a friend was overweight and looked sick in my opinion.

                          I have eaten meat free ( but ate fish eggs and dairy), I was OK but the convenient processed 'veg' foods crept in and it meant I put on plenty of fat over time - well plenty for me - I was always fit/trim before and not used to carrying excess.)

                          I know someone that eats veg (and has for many years) but now in the model of PB - the person is a much healthier, lighter and fitter today than has been the last 10 years.

                          Now I eat this way ( including Carb foods), fat dropped away quickly and now I'm putting on mostly lean muscle.

                          Any way I read your first post - interesting.

                          I haven't seen a post from BG before - dobre doshŭl :-)
                          Last edited by EatMoveSleep; 08-25-2013, 05:15 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by loafingcactus View Post
                            Like, here... About a quarter of Swedish vegans and vegitarians are overweight or obese- Risk of overweight and obesity among semivegetarian, lactovegetarian, and vegan women

                            I didn't need a study to tell me that, I can just look around me, but there is one.

                            +1... I knew plenty of em. Whats the question?

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                            • #15
                              The vegetarians I know have the same overweight rate as the population (i.e. the majority). A few are colossal. The only difference I've observed is their appetite is more preoccupied and urgent than the others--they'll interrupt social and work functions because they MUST eat right now, usually dairy.

                              Virtually all of my age peers consider step #1 in weight control to be eliminating meat.
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