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Will I lose weight if I give up meat? 

Don’t be tricked into thinking you’re making healthy food choices simply by giving up meat. Oddly enough, it is possible to be an unhealthy vegetarian. Diets based on cheese pizza, pasta with creamy sauces, packaged snack foods, French fries, sugary drinks and cream cheese bagels don’t do you or your heart or weight any favors. Whether you eat meat or not, pay close attention to saturated fat intake and empty calories. Be sure to eat plenty of whole grain foods, vegetarian friendly, lean proteins and a colorful variety of vegetables and fruits every day for good health.

For more nutritional information, contact sports and lifestyle nutritionist Julie Fortenberry, LDN, RD, at 504.457.3100 at The Fitness Principle with Mackie Shilstone at East Jefferson General Hospital, or go to


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