Forewarned, is forearmed....vegan calories are still calories. You still need to watch what you eat if you want to lose fat. Also, many people lose weight when going vegan only to gain it back when they discover vegan treats/junkfood.
Check out the link in my sig for some helpful vegan health information.
Vegan Outreach also has a stellar starter kit.
Vegan Outreach will mail you a very nice printed copy for
free. You can also download a pdf version for free or read
it on the web for free.
The kit includes unique and thoughtful essays by
Vegan Outreach founder Matt Ball that will help you
make vegetarianism a rewarding and lasting committment.
It has a better recipe section than most starter kits that
I have seen. Best of all it also has an up to date,
complete, easy to understand, and brief nutrition section by
Jack Norris, a vegan Registered Dietician.
Assuming you have a solid reason for starting veg*nism
the two best things you can do to make your commitment to it
last is to learn good nutrition and to learn to cook a small
set of recipes you really like.
Here is the url:http://www.veganoutreach.org/starterpack
Vegan Outreach also hosts a web site of health articles
for people on plant based diets:http://www.veganhealth.org
I would ignore the nutrition advice from other veg*n sites
on the web, especially the Animal Rights sites.
Most ( but not all ) of them either have dated, incomplete
or flat out wrong nutrition information.