I am new here and am used to posting on toscareno.com...it's a site for clean eaters. I also have my own blog: eatsfruitsandleaves.com, so I am no stranger to watching what I eat, how much, etc.
However, I recently (within the last few months) became a vegetarian. Mostly because it's way cheaper, conveinent (don't have to worry about grilling chicken every week), and I never really ate that much meat to begin. My problem is I've seen less results with fat loss and muscle gain and I'm not sure what exactly I should be eating to reach my goal. I am also worried about soy consumption. I LOVE soy and eat several times a week, but I've heard that soy actually causes woment to gain weight due to estrogen.
Back in October (2009) when I first started eating clean, I ate a lot of oatmeal, egg whites, veggies, sweet potatoes, brown rice, apple, and turkey. I would really strict to two weeks, then add back things like yogurt, other fruits, beans, ect for a week or two then go back to being strict. I got super really lean....went from a size 9/10 to a size 4/6! Then I got really depressed and stressed out, starting binging on junk food and now I'm right back where I started before except now I'm trying to be a vegetarian.
I am 5'3, weight about 140-145 lbs and carry my weight mostly in the my lower body.
What should I be doing to get super lean on a veg diet? Or is it even possible? Every vegetarian I have ever met was super thin, but apparently I'm just ment to be chubby or something. I am SO beyoud frustrated. I need advice...please help!
(My blog has a run down, with pics, of exactly what I eat everyday)