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#1 Old 11-23-2007, 10:57 AM
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Hi everyone:

I have been a vegan from 1 month. I started exercising regularly and eating all the right portions and foods. (I was encouraged by Skinny *****).

However, I have not experienced any weight loss. I am eating completely different than I used to and I have not even cheated!

Is this normal? Did any of you take a while to lose weight?

People say they notice within the first 2 weeks but I haven't.


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#2 Old 11-23-2007, 11:42 AM
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hmmm.... hard to say. i was a vegetarian for 9 years before becoming a vegan about 6 weeks ago. i work out, too, but i dont even know if ive lost a pound. do you feel better than you did before? i think thats more important than the scale. are your clothes fitting any better?
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#3 Old 11-23-2007, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by CindySherman View Post

I started exercising regularly and eating all the right portions and foods.

What does that mean to you?

"Yes! Live! Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" Auntie Mame
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#4 Old 11-23-2007, 11:59 AM
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My wife and I started our journey into vegetarianism in August, and went vegan shortly after. Neither of us have experienced noticeable weight loss.
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#5 Old 11-23-2007, 12:02 PM
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It's possible to be vegan, eat the "right portions" and the "right foods" and not lose a pound.
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#6 Old 11-23-2007, 12:45 PM
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What I've experienced with veg*nism is a healthy, maintainable weight loss. That is to say 50-30lbs over two years. I put some of it back on when my activity levels dropped but I'm nowhere near as heavy as I was before and I'm getting active again. Dramatic changes are rarely healthy and difficult to keep in my experience.

Also you can't rate your changes by other peoples standards, everyone reacts to food differently.
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#7 Old 11-24-2007, 01:21 AM
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I went vegan at a very young age to put ON weight, so it just goes to show that the human body is such a wonderful and complex thing, and what works for one may not work for another.
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#8 Old 11-24-2007, 07:51 AM
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If you are exercising now after a long period of not exercising, you could be gaining muscle mass. So even if you lose some fat, you may not lose weight.

Also, two weeks is a very short time period. Healthy weight loss is very gradual. Instead of focusing on losing weight, I recommend focusing on having a healthy lifestyle (well balanced vegan diet rich in a variety of veggies, fruits, whole grains and legumes; moderate regular exercise; plenty of sleep; plenty of water; minimizing stress, etc.).

When I became vegan and started exercising again I stopped weighing myself. Eventually I started noticing that my clothes started being too big, until I had to buy all new clothes. About a year after my healthful lifestyle changes I finally weighed myself and found that I'd lost 35 pounds! So, that's less than a pound a week. Because I've kept up with my healthy lifestyle and focused on health rather than weight loss, I've maintained what for me is a healthy weight (not skinny, but fit) for over five years now. I rarely weigh myself these days.
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#9 Old 11-24-2007, 08:48 AM
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Vegan food has calories just the same as non-vegan food. Sure, it can be healthier in that you avoid a lot of saturated fat as well as a lot of excess protein, but it doesn't guarantee a weight loss.

I've been all kinds of versions of omnivore, pescetarian, vegetarian, and vegan, and never noticed any weight loss or gain with any of them. When I feel like I need to lose a few pounds, I limit my portions (as in I don't take "seconds") and I eat fruit as a snack if I get hungry between meals. That works for me. I can't stand counting calories (my head hurts after a day of it and I give up!) so I just have to work on portion control. Yes, even as a vegan, portion control is important!

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#10 Old 11-24-2007, 05:53 PM
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Whether or not you lose weight all depends on the amount of calories you consume and the amount of calories you burn off. I'm sure you're eating way more healthy now. Also make sure that you're also eating ENOUGH calories too. You don't want to much but you still want to be above the bare minimum. Or else your body will go into starvation mode.
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#11 Old 11-29-2007, 10:16 AM
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I lost some weight but very slowly. In six months I lost 11 pounds, but the first two months I didn't lose anything.

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