why did i gain weight? i have been eating mostly vegan diet with minimal dairy and not a boat load of oil..even eating flourless bread..barbaras puffins cereal with rice milk..i really feel great but my jeans feel tight..HELP!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THE WAY I FEEL BUT I AM NOT ONE WHO FEELS HAPPIEST BEING CHUNKY..I WILL CONTINUE THIS LIFESTYLE.I MADE THIS CHOICE FOR THE SUFFERING WHO DO NOT HAVE ANY RIGHTS OR VOICES..however i do not repeat do not want to be chubby?
High sodium or gassy foods can leave you feeling bloated, but you're not fat! If you have a big appetite like I do, eat a piece of fruit before every meal to limit the amount of food you eat, or make low cal veggies the bulk of the meal and make sure you're eating whole grains and staying away from processed sugars.
It's probably just your body adjusting. The same thing has happened to me. I felt great, but I felt bloated and my clothes felt tight. After about two weeks i deflated a little lol.
thanks for the info i am a healthy hungry person..although i do work out and like to eat..i like salt so i will try to limit it..water consumption is good somedays not so good others..i will keep trying..any other suggestions are welcome and helpful
Ya, I've gained too. I lost the first week, but I think I've started eating too much, and more processed food than I should. NOT FUN. I need to lose, like 50 lbs, but I have no desire to go back to animal products. I've decided instead to try superhero. I went to the store yesterday, but today has gone down the tubes. I was in a hurry at breakfast, so I just had toast, and for lunch I was at a friends, I had chips. Not many, but still, not a great way to start my first superhero day. Now I'm going to head out to urgent care for a 4 year old with an ear infection. Ahhhh! I think I'll start tomorrow! One thing I have discovered is that it is very difficult to be a healthy vegan, or a superhero when in a rush, or when not organized.
First, Ellen - hang in there! I didn't lose anything either until I cut out the sugar (I was drinking too much beer and wine and was really out of balance - funny since going vegan I have NO tolerance for alcohol and a diminished desire). The easiest way I think to lose is to really try not to eat the processed convenience foods. You can maybe keep a food journal for a little while to see if perhaps extra calories aren't sneaking in somehow? Just for a week or so to catch any culprits...
Angela - I agree it takes a week or two to get the hang of the superhero meal prep. However, after awhile it'll be second nature :)
Adriana - I'm not a nutritionist, but I think it's the same old deal: calories in < than calories out. I did like the book, Becoming Vegan, although it gets into UBER detail on nutrition it gives a cool food pyramid for the vegan that incorporates nutritional needs for B12, etc. more applicable to vegans. Generally it's hard to get all the nutrition you need on less than 1200 calories per day, and the calorie intake you'd need to lose weight depends on things like height, weight, and activity level. There are some good tools online to help you estimate your calorie needs. If I'm trying to lose weight, I usually strive for 500-750 calories less than my body needs for the day depending on my activity level. The weight just peels off at that level for some reason for me at about 1-1 1/2 pounds per week. The great thing about Superhero is that you're so satiated from all the nutrients and fiber and such that you lose the weight without being too hungry! Good luck!
I have found that the chewing thing has really helped me limit the amount that I eat. I definitely didn't chew enough before, but now I consciously chew my food a lot and I find that I get fuller faster and have some left on my plate for handy leftovers! I would say that you should eat until you are full but make sure you have the balance of half veggies, and one quarter protein and grains, and I don't think you will have to be conscious of calories.
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