Hi guys! Sunday will be a month since embarking on my vegan journey. While I feel great (more energy, calmer, grounded) I haven't lost any weight which was one of my deciding factors in this journey.
Has anyone else had trouble losing weight? I'm not discouraged but with summer right around the corner, I hope to see some results soon! I feel like my body is holding on to the weight as a stand against my lifestyle change. lol.
That is great that you are already feeling the benefits of going vegan!:)
I have had a very slow weight loss since going vegan about 9 months ago. I'm sure part of it has to do with my age (mid-40's), and I was coming off of Zoloft (which I hear can alter metabolism in some people). I have now lost about 25 pounds, but some months I'd only lose a couple pounds. When I was younger, I could lose 25 pounds in about 3 months, so it was hard to be patient. But I just tried to focus on getting healthy and how great I've been feeling, and trusting my body to eventually get rid of the weight. I also have been exercising five days a week, too. I have heard some people say they have quicker weight loss results if they also cut down on the fats and oils in their diets. I wasn't willing to give up my nuts and oils, lol.
I am almost 30 years old..I started becoming a vegan this past November. It took me a little while until the weight started coming off. I have lost 25 pounds so far, but it is a slow process! Good luck!
I am 19 years old and starting out macro-vegan was the biggest positive shock to my body i could have made. Just being vegan is definitely different to the superhero diet and i would recommend if you're not losing any or enough weight just being vegan you attempt to amp it up to superhero, even if its just five days a week.
I started off losing about three kilos a week, which is about seven pounds i think, and i was still eating regularly and trust me my quantities hadnt decreased either but my body just responded perfectly to that lifestyle. I found it easier to be motivated which made me move my arse more and my skin has never looked better. Even my hair is shinier.
Sometimes i am bad and eat something non superhero or even non vegan but my body has become to healthy that it snaps back straight away. I am still losing weight and hope to lose another twenty kilos by winter, which is June here. At the rate im going that is actually possible. It sounds like im losing a dramatic amount of weight and that it mustnt be healthy but i assure you, it is. And i probably eat more now than i did before, but its all healthy!
Rhonda - I'm in my early 40's and have noticed that I'm having a really hard time with my weight. I noticed your comment about Zoloft and was wondering if you had any more information about that. I took Zoloft for about 2 years and have been off it for about 6 months. I'm sort of waffling on being vegan (especially waffling on macro-vegan) but my weight is just continuing to creep up. I'd love to hear any more information you might have on zoloft and changing metabolism.
If you're gaining weight but eating less and working out a bit, then you may have a thyroid function problem. Psych drugs can cause serious thyroid problems, so go see your doctor and get it tested.
When you get it tested ask them what your thyroid stimulating hormone level is at, don't let them just tell you that it is OK. They changed the threshold level of what is considered low thyroid functioning, so if your TSH level is between .3 and 3 you're good.
I have a thyroid problem and there's really no natural cure. I try to eat a lot of coconut products because they have medium chain fatty acids which help the metabolism and support the thyroid, I don't clean with chemicals, and I don't eat soy. When I have the energy I go to the gym 3x a week and ride my bike as my main means of transport.
Despite eating 1300 calories a day and riding an hour everyday, I haven't lost any weight on my vegan diet because my thyroid still isn't functioning.
It is still worth it for me to try to lose weight because I'm lowering my lipid levels, blood sugar, and blood pressure.
The best thing to do is just develop an attitude about your body like: "I'm eating healthier and working out so that I'll be able to do more, instead of look a certain way"
Even though my scale hasn't moved, my friends have all wondered if I have lost weigh because I look healthier.
Thanks for all the responses and support! I did a little more digging a couple of weeka ago and discovered the birthcontrol my Dr. had put me on was a major culprit behind a lot of my problems! I was on the generic Yaz so if you are taking that pill, I suggest you look into a forum that was started a couple of years ago on WebMD. There were so many women discussing the exact same problems as me (some worse) so I stoped taking the pill immediatly. Unforunatly, some damage has been done but with a good clean diet and exercise, I think I can reverse my problems.
Another good thing to help get your metabalism going is to exercise first thing in the morning when you wake up! It's really hard sometimes to get up super early, but once you get into the habit of it, it's not so bad! You should also not eat anything for at least an hour if not 2 after you work out so that your body can continue to focus on burning the fat and calories, when you eat your body stops burning the fat and calories and starts focusing on the food to get it digested. Make sure you get your protein and fiber and drink LOTS of water!
I had lost a fair bit of weight and many dress sizes a couple years ago, but then I kept getting injured, messed up my hamstring, then took a tree branch to the achiles tendon (which took about a year to heal), then got in a car accident that totally jacked up my back, and so I have put ALL the weight and inches I lost back on plus some more, so I am fighting tooth and nail to try and get it off again and it's brutal. But through perserverance and support of friends and family members I'm slowly making progress.