Hi everyone! I have only recently started eating a vegan diet and my motivation stems from animal rights, rather than health or weight loss. My problem is, I am struggling with my weight big time. I had a baby six months ago, and although I have lost a fair bit of weight since then (10kgs) I have now plateaued. I count calories and are usually under 1200, I don't eat white bread or more than 2 servings of fruit per day. I am slowly walking further and faster, but this week i actually put on 1kg!! I am hoping that someone may have some tips for me. Being fairly new to eating vegan, i wonder if i am making some mistakes in my food choices.
Hi! That is awesome that you have started eating vegan. It has really made a difference for me, as far as weight loss and being healthier. Don't give up, but the weight might come off more slowly than you'd like. I've been a vegan for 15 months, and have lost 35 pounds. I'm a mom of 4 (ages 18-26), grandma of 2, am 45 years old, and 116 pounds. It did come off very slowly for me (about 2-3 pounds per month). I exercised 5 days a week, too (mostly walking and exercise videos, occasional running). I also try to avoid regular sugar. I stick with the unrefined types of sugars.
From your comments, I would first of all think that you are eating too few calories. Your body may think it's in a famine period, and start to hang onto the calories and lower your metabolism. I used to try low-cal diets, and would always regain the weight back later. I once got up to 186 pounds about 6 years ago.
I think you need to add at least 400 or 500 more calories per day, but make sure they are healthy calories from plant-based foods. I have never limited my fruit intake, and try to eat a big salad once a day. 8-9 servings of fruits and veggies per day is one of my goals. I snack on nuts and fruits. As long as I am hungry, I have allowed myself anything I want in the vegan, whole-food category. My "treats" have been a Luna bar once per day, or an Alternative Baking Company cookie once or twice a week. I also have the occasional vegan processed food, such as a boca burger or Smart Dog, and vegan pizza.
My food cravings have changed in the last year to more healthy choices. I haven't been sick, my skin has cleared up, and my eyes look white all the time. I feel more energetic than I did in my 20's.
I look forward to hearing more about your experiences,
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