Veganism Changed My Life (and I'm not vegan)
For most of my 20's I walked around at 265lbs-288lbs. I ate a diet heavy in meats, dairy and eggs, with little veggies and fruit. I thought I was "healthy". I felt fine. After years of failed attempts at losing weight through strenuous exercise, I stumbled across vegan diets. After dabbling with some vegan mock meats, I felt confident that I could slowly transition into eating more plant-based foods.
On March 28, 2016 I began a weight cut using two key concepts, a plant-based diet (6 days per week, with one cheat meal which was non-vegan) and intermittent fasting, about 16-18 hours per day. The fat that I had accumulated over the years literally melted off my body. I watched my scale show numbers that they'd never seen before. By December 2016 I had lost 76lbs and weighed 195lbs, a weight I have since maintained. I'm completely shocked at the results. I was looking at some old pictures taken before the weight loss and I don't even recognize myself.
I am hoping to eventually make the change to a fully vegan diet, however I do struggle with how to do that and not alienate those around me with a lifestyle that doesn't match the current norms. I have found that rather than focusing on perfection, small amounts of consumption of animal products when nothing else is available (restaurants, family functions, parties, etc) is a good way to not alienate the people that I hope to influence to make more positive changed for their health, animal welfare, and the planet. As I am still transitioning, I am still guilty of supporting the evil of the animal products industries, but I have reduced my consumption drastically. I feel that the way I have approached the topic with others close to me has inspired them to make huge reductions in the animal products that they consume and I feel that 4/10 people making a 80% reduction is better than 1/10 making a 100% reduction, while alienating those they hope to influence.