Semi-Vegetarian, Flextarian, Reductarian Diets - Less Meat, More Vegetables

In modern society, the middle ground is so politically incorrect. How can you be a part-time vegetarian? On the other hand, why not, as there are so many vegetarian variants - lacto-vegetarians (only eat dairy products), lacto-ovo-vegetarians (eat eggs and dairy products), pescatarian (only fish), vegans (no meat whatsoever). The 'Meat-less Mondays' concept was a step in the same direction, towards eating less meat. Semi-vegetarian diets and flexible vegetarian diets (Flextarian) offer many advantages - the best of both worlds really. Another term for these diets is 'Reducetarian', meaning someone who is cutting down on meat, progressively on a pathway to vegetarian, but not necessarily aiming to completely eliminating meat from their diets. This article explores these concepts and discusses their merits and objectives.

Types of Vegetarians - showing which meats, dairy and egg products are permitted.
Types of Vegetarians - showing which meats, dairy and egg products are permitted.

What are These Diets? What Do the Terms Mean?

Semi-Vegetarians

People who have cut down on the meat they consume, but only by a half or three-quarters. Perhaps they only eat meat for one meal a day. There are many other ways the reduction can be accomplished. The term generally suggest a more or less permanent decision on the amount of meat and meat products eaten.

Flextarians

These people have a flexible approach without being committed to a strict reduction regime. they aim to eat less meat, but are flexible in their diets.

Reductarians

These people are generally trying to reduce the amount of meat they eat, but are doing it in stages on a gradual path to becoming a vegetarian. It is very hard to make the transition to a vegan diet. Reductarians do it gradually.

Advantages of Diets that Permit Some Meat Rather than Vegan Diets

Major Advantages of Flextarian, Semi-Vegetarian and Reductarian Diets

There is clear evidence that vegetarian diets are healthier and probably less prone to leading to obesity and excess weight. A recent study of more than 77,000 Seventh Day Adventists, found that they had a 20 % lower risk of colorectal cancer. Interestingly the same study suggested that eating a small amount of fish, plenty of vegetables, but no meat lower the risk even further. The famous Mediterranean diet places more emphasis on eating fish and vegetables and less meat, than in a traditional western diets. Another recent study of more than 400,000 Europeans found that groups of people who ate mostly vegetables, (about 70% of their diet) - had a 20 % lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease than the traditional meat eaters.

There is growing evidence that high-protein diets are not healthy in the long run, especially for those who eat large amounts of processed meats such as ham, bacon and salamis. These processed meats contain carcinogens and are high in saturated fats and are not heavy if eaten in large amounts.

Diets rich in vegetables especially whole vegetables and fruit are known to help with weight loss programs due to the high fiber content. Fiber and complex carbohydrates provide bulk and take longer to digest, which delays the onset of hunger pangs for longer and helps prevent over eating on snack between meals, which is a major cause of over eating problems.

These diets are a long way from becoming a strict vegan, but the important thing is that a reducetarian or a flextarian has made a conscious decision to eat less meat and animal products and more vegetables.

Simple Ways to Reduce the Amount of Meat in Your Diet

Flextarians and the other types can learn a lot from vegetarians about meat alternatives and ways to eat more vegetables. Here are some examples:





Vegetarian dishes are delicious but trying to go Vegan 'cold turkey' can be very hard to do. There are many flexible ways to make the transition.
Vegetarian dishes are delicious but trying to go Vegan 'cold turkey' can be very hard to do. There are many flexible ways to make the transition.
To become and semi-vegetarian you need to develop a love for vegetarian foods and recipes
To become a semi-vegetarian you need to develop a love for vegetarian foods and recipes
Eating less meat and more vegetables can be done without completely eliminating all meat, eggs and dairy products.
Eating less meat and more vegetables can be done without completely eliminating all meat, eggs and dairy products.
Flextarians adopt a flexible approach which involves a shift to more vegetarian food while still consuming some meat some of the time.
Flextarians adopt a flexible approach which involves a shift to more vegetarian food while still consuming some meat some of the time.
The Flextarian Food Pyramid
The Flextarian Food Pyramid
The Flextarian diet is one of many new variants. See this article to get an explanation for the various types
The Flextarian diet is one of many new variants. See this article to get an explanation for the various types
Seven Tips for Going Flextarian to help you succeed
Seven Tips for Going Flextarian to help you succeed.
Green vegetables and fruit contain protein and fiber and contribute to the supply of essential amino acids that must be consumed every day.
Green vegetables and fruit contain protein and fiber and contribute to the supply of essential amino acids that must be consumed every day.
Essential and non-essential amino acids
Essential and non-essential amino acids
Sources of protein for vegetarians and average daily requirements
Sources of protein for vegetarians and average daily requirements