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I know this has been talked about before, but does anyone else feel like the reason why it may help people lose weight (well for me anyway) is because if you are just and see pastries and other food that you can't eat because it's not vegan that would be tempted to eat if you werent vegan. I feel like it takes much more effort to obtain junk food being a vegan. I'm not sure this makes sense, It's not really worded well.
 

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There is an obscene amount of delicious vegan junk food.<br><br>
To lose weight, you need to eat healthy and exercise.<br><br>
Also, being a vegan is also not wearing/using animal or animal tested products, it not just what you eat.<br><br>
And, you would still be tempted if thats the only real reason you're doing it.
 

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I didn't lose weight when I switched to veg, but it's definitely helping to keep off what I lost just prior to the change. My biggest downfall was fast food, lots of burgers and chinese. When those were no longer an option, weight loss inevitably happened. Even cooking relatively unhealthy at home comes nowhere near comparing to how bad take out is.
 

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I don't know if temptation (or lack there of) is the cause, I think that generally, vegan food tend to be lower in saturated fat as a previous poster mentioned, and rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. But I also agree that there is a lot of vegan junk food available so being vegan doesn't automatically = healthy.<br><br>
Actually I just read & posted this link in the health subforum. <a href="http://shine.yahoo.com/event/green/are-vegetarians-thinner-2551478" target="_blank">http://shine.yahoo.com/event/green/a...hinner-2551478</a><br>
I sent it to my omni-husband not for the mention of weight loss, but for the mention in the first paragraph about lower risk for diseases & cancer.
 

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Depends on what you eat. If youmgo vegan and eat delicious whole foods, you'll most likely lose weight. I know obese vegans that eat junk, so the statement is not true.
 

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I know this has been talked about before, but does anyone else feel like the reason why it may help people lose weight (well for me anyway) is because if you are just and see pastries and other food that you can't eat because it's not vegan that would be tempted to eat if you werent vegan. I feel like it takes much more effort to obtain junk food being a vegan. I'm not sure this makes sense, It's not really worded well.</div>
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I think this may be more true for some people than others. I've lost a fair amount of weight (around 10 pounds) since going vegan, and this is one of the big reasons why. I spend half of every year living with my grandmother. She has a huge sweet tooth, and so there is always a constant supply of store bought cakes, candy bars, cookies, doughnuts, ice cream and other terrible junk foods. Before I gave up eggs and dairy, it became a habit to walk in the kitchen, see everything set out and grab a few cookies, a handful of candy, or a slice of cake. Afternoon snacks, desserts, midnight cravings....you name it. It probably wouldn't have made a difference if it were only now and then, but it was like that every day. Giving up eggs and dairy helped break that habit almost instantly. Now, I only eat sweets that I bake myself. The amount of sweets that I eat has dropped by a lot, plus I don't crave them the way I used to.
 

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my guess is all the saturated fats, and higher amount of calories in meat products. i lost almost 20 pounds going vegan. but i've heard some people gain weight. guess it just depends on the person and what you eat.
 

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Depends on what you eat. If youmgo vegan and eat delicious whole foods, you'll most likely lose weight. I know obese vegans that eat junk, so the statement is not true.</div>
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This is totally correct. :p I wouldn't expect someone to loose a lot of weight though unless they had a lot to loose in the first place. I've heard most people lose 5-10 ish pounds, not ridiculous amounts. Generally it is just because they do end up eating healthier though..
 

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yup! lost lots of weight including my butt and my b00bs too.....wish you could pick and choose where it comes off!
 

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For me, personally, it "reset" my normal: when I was vegetarian, my weight seemed to hover around 130-135 pounds, for the most part, and now that I'm vegan it hovers around 110-115 pounds. Been pretty steady at 111-112 lbs. for the past month or so. I'm 5'5", so that's at the low end of the normal range, BMI-wise. BMI just over 18.5. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Before I had kids I was at 100-105. Had kids and weight was staying at around 125 ish. I became a veggie about 8 months ago and I'm down to 110, (no exercise changes, just diet). I am 5'5" so I'm almost underweight when I calculate my BMI. I am currently trying to gain about 5 pounds back by eating more "healthy fat" foods.
 

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I see what you're saying and agree.<br><br>
Unhealthy foods are much more easily accessible when you're not a vegan. Though you can eat plenty of unhealthy vegan foods, in general, they're not as easy to find nor are they as calorie-dense as non-vegan items. For example, sour-cream & onion dip was a huge favorite of mine as an omnivore and while I still sometimes can sit and eat a whole can of salsa, gram for gram, the salsa will do less damage to my body.<br><br>
It also helps that many vegans foods, especially vegetables, tend to take up a lot of space in my stomach, so I just eat less, and, again, vegetables are less calorie-dense than dairy and meat products usually so I feel like I'm eating more but I'm getting less calories.<br><br>
In any case, I was a size 40 waist (pushing 42) in April. I became vegan in May and am now a 34. My goal is to get back to my original, prime-fit waist of 30-32.... And then my birth weight of 9 oz. :p
 

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For me, personally, it "reset" my normal: when I was vegetarian, my weight seemed to hover around 130-135 pounds, for the most part, and now that I'm vegan it hovers around 110-115 pounds. Been pretty steady at 111-112 lbs. for the past month or so. I'm 5'5", so that's at the low end of the normal range, BMI-wise. BMI just over 18.5. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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I'm 5'4, and about 124 right now, would like to see what 118-120 looks like....I can't imagine what I'd be at 111. I was that when pregnant with my first daughter, and I was skin and bones, but I was throwing up every minute of the day too! Certainly not healthy at that time in my life!
 

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When I became veganish (I do not eat any animal products and I also avoid all gluten) I was weighing in at 155-160 pounds. I was continuing to sculpt and enhance my diet and I went from eating seven medium sized meals everyday to eating five smaller sized meals everyday. For about eight years now I have been experimenting with weight gaining, muscle gaining, and health promotion to see which foods did what. It has only been about eight months since I became a health focused vegan and only four since I became what I would call a health focused vegan+. Steelcut oats were a staple of mine and oats in general fro much of that eight years. They allowed me to gain weight and maintain it based on how much I was eating. I was able to successfully gain thirty pounds in a month by altering the amount being eaten. Now I currently eat five meals each day and it only consists of nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, spices, and roots (ginger). I am currently weighing 150-15lbs.<br><br>
So since I became a "vegan" I have lost about five pounds. When I changed my meals to five each day, I was weighing 150-155lbs. More importantly, I was no longer eating grains which were part of every single meal (7). I wanted to test the boundaries and see what my body actually needed to sustain its health and weight. For these reasons alone, I believe that nutritious and whole natural foods can maintain the ideal weight and with this the calories myth is somewhat debunked. I am eating way fewer calories, yet my body maintains its current weight. I am eating foods that do this while at the same time prevent me from gaining weight. I gave up grains because they can cause one to gain weight too easily and I see that as a negative and unhealthy aspect.<br><br>
My meals are very steady and I consider myself one of the most structured individuals ever and this has allowed me to separate myself from food and avoid any possible dangers. I enjoy doing experiments for the betterment of health and writing about them. I know that I am healthy because of how my body responds. For span of two years and a current span of over three months, I had no illnesses no even a common cold.
 

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^^^ Can I ask, are you male or female, and what's your age? Why were you trying to gain 30 pounds? were you weight training too or just trying to gain weight to see what happens?
 

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I am a 23 year old male. Yes, I was also weight training. At the time I was weighing 165 pounds (meat-eating days) and I wanted to see if it was possible and if it was I did not mind putting on a few more pounds to add some additional muscle. I had gained fifty pounds in three months back in high school with less nutritious foods and now I wanted to see if more "nutritious" foods could do the same. It worked and I weighed 195 lbs at the end of the month. Overall it was a personal experiment to see the effects of less healthy foods compared to more healthy foods, and the effects were quite similar.
 

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I am a 23 year old male. Yes, I was also weight training. At the time I was weighing 165 pounds (meat-eating days) and I wanted to see if it was possible and if it was I did not mind putting on a few more pounds to add some additional muscle. I had gained fifty pounds in three months back in high school with less nutritious foods and now I wanted to see if more "nutritious" foods could do the same. It worked and I weighed 195 lbs at the end of the month. Overall it was a personal experiment to see the effects of less healthy foods compared to more healthy foods, and the effects were quite similar.</div>
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Can I ask what a 'typical day' looks like for you? I realize that not all days are 'typical' but just a snapshot of a vegan diet that does not include grains looks like is interesting to me. I would love to follow a similar eating pattern but feel like eliminating grains along with everything else that I avoid would limit me severely in eating choices. So hearing examples of things that you eat (aside from fruit and salads) that you eat would be helpful to me.
 

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moreapples, what type of grains were you eating that you gave up, whole grains or processed? Processed I see as a bunch of empty calories that do nothing to curb hunger and can increase one's weight because of this, whole grains not so much. Lots of nutrients in whole grains, not something I'd like to do without.
 
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