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Hello everybody!<br><br><br><br>
My husband and I have been lacto-vege for around 2 years, but a little over 3 weeks ago we decided to go vegan! (very excited)<br><br><br><br>
Here is my problem. I have been losing weight (with LOW fat diet and TONS of exercise) for the past year. So far I have lost around 40 (went from 240 to 198) pounds. But see, at that point I was using skim milk in my cereal (now i use Silk vanilla), I was eating fatfree yogurt and was doing alot of other "fatfree" dairy foods like sour cream, cottage cheese, etc. Now don't get me wrong-- I am SO happy to not be eating these foods anymore! I felt so guilty... and now I feel happy!!<br><br><br><br>
BUT!!!<br><br><br><br>
Now I am gaining weight... because I am eating peanut butter and at least twice a week I am eating Tofutti Better THan Cream Cheese on bagels from Wild Oats.... and I've started eating Earth Balance margarine on toast...<br><br><br><br>
I've gained around 3 pounds since we went vegan... I mean, before I wasn't eating more than like 15 grams of fat a day... now I am eating that before I get to dinner most days. I have been trying to eat lots more fruit and less vegan fudge (oh help me!!!!!) but........ argh! Help!!<br><br><br><br>
How is it that people lose weight by going vegan? I need some pointers, please help! It feels strange being the only FAT VEGAN in a group!!!<br><br><br><br>
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Good question. I'm really not sure, but when I was surfing the net trying to find ways to gain weight on a vegan diet, all I could find was how to lose weight. So, I'm sure if you typed in a search you could get some results. Maybe if you try to eat more grains and vegetables, instead of the peanut butter and fudge that is high in fat. Also, beans are extremely good for you and have no fat--at least the ones that I find at Wild Oats. Sorry I couldn't be of much help...but don't give up. You are much healthier now that you aren't eating any dairy, even if you are gaining weight.
 

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remember your body may need a little time to get used to metabolising all the new foods it isn't used to dealing with!<br><br><br><br>
going from a very low fat diet to a healthy fat content is hard at first, but i think you'll lose a bit again and then plateau to a healthy metabolism after a little while... say a few months or so...<br><br><br><br>
i totally understand your sorries because the same thing happened to me and i'm still dealing with that element... like you i eat a lot of nuts and butters and bread when before i avoided these things...<br><br><br><br>
but health is the most important thing so give your poor deprived body a chance to get over its initial fascination with all the good stuff that it greedily hangs onto for a while, and pretty soon it will get bored with the excess and keep the right amount for your health!<br><br><br><br>
happy living...
 

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instead of peanut butter on your bagel and such, did you try hummus? I dont eat cereal that requires milk ect. I am not a vegan, but I am a vegetarian that doesnt use any animal by products, I know soy milk is better for you, but have you tried rice milk?<br><br><br><br>
I am on the ediets.com vegetarian diet, and if you would like any pointer they have given me, please let me know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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This happened to me too. I never had to watch my weight while being vegetarian but as soon as I went vegan the pounds piled on. Made no sense to me! I think I got too excited about all the new foods to try. And when I discovered vegan chocolate spread that was me suckered!<br><br><br><br>
Recently I changed my diet, and I now base my entire (and I mean entire - no cheating!) diet on whole grains, pulses and vegetables - allowing myself some fruit (4 or so pieces a day), around one cup of calcium enriched soymilk a day (for cereal and tea), and tofu/seitan etc about once a week. No bread, no fizzy drinks, no sweets. I also eat a small amount (approx. 3 tbsp) of nuts and seeds every day for the EFAs - especially walnuts. I don't calorie count and I don't count points.<br><br><br><br>
It's tough because I'm having to find creative ways to base my meals around veggies and still be fulfilled. But it works! I've been on the diet around two/three weeks and have lost half a stone. I had to change my mindset - on any diet (not just weight-loss or veg*an) there are so many nutrients you need and so few calories required that literally everything you eat has to be there for a reason. When you start thinking like this it becomes clear <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> And I don't get hungry since I'm filling up on slow-burning foods and eating more regularly, and my portion sizes aren't tiny. They still look like hearty meals <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I also trick myself into thinking I'm being decadent by eating frozen bananas (cut them into chunks, freeze, then whizz in a blender - like ice cream! I also put a tsp of peanut butter in if I'm feeling naughty, which is pretty much every day!), or homemade apple sauce (with cinnamon, nutmeg and no sugar) chilled or hot.<br><br><br><br>
You feel like you're having dessert when really it's just a different way of eating fruit.<br><br><br><br>
But in case you're wondering, i do still have an emergency stash of chocolate in case of dire circumstances! Hey, I can't be good all the time!
 

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Thanks everybody for the great tips, I appreciate it!<br><br><br><br>
After thinking about this issue for a while today, I realized that I haven't exercised-- at all-- since we went vegan. So I am betting that this has a lot to do with why I have been gaining again, that in combination with all the additional fat (even though it is good fat) . Of course another part of the probelm could be that I have been drinking alot more sodas latley, too...... BAD! I have to cut that out.<br><br><br><br>
I am thinking that Kat is right, and things should level out in a few months or so. And I do have some unsweetened silk in the fridge that I have been using for cooking-- I'll try that on my cereal tomorrow morning!<br><br><br><br>
Thanks again to everybody, and I will keep you all informed on how it goes.... hopefully I can get to losing again!
 

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If you are trying to continue weight loss on a vegan diet, and you had previous success on a low-fat diet, then I would suggest cutting down on nut butters, nuts, and seeds, whole nut/grain milks and added vegetable oils (incl. margarine). Don't stop using them alltogether, but limit yourself to smaller amounts and (as Bobsy said) center your diet around whole grains, vegetables and beans. They are very filling foods, and still mostly low-fat.<br><br><br><br>
Hummus is a good substitution for peanut butter, but it's not sweet, but salty. You could try banana. Any kind of fruit puree/sauce gives good sweetness, as a fat-substitute in baking (apple sauce?) as a desert, or as a spread.<br><br><br><br>
I don't know what else to say. Hope this helps.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by rosment</i><br><br><b>Thanks everybody for the great tips, I appreciate it!<br><br><br><br>
After thinking about this issue for a while today, I realized that I haven't exercised-- at all-- since we went vegan. So I am betting that this has a lot to do with why I have been gaining again, that in combination with all the additional fat (even though it is good fat) . Of course another part of the probelm could be that I have been drinking alot more sodas latley, too...... BAD! I have to cut that out.<br><br><br><br>
I am thinking that Kat is right, and things should level out in a few months or so. And I do have some unsweetened silk in the fridge that I have been using for cooking-- I'll try that on my cereal tomorrow morning!<br><br><br><br>
Thanks again to everybody, and I will keep you all informed on how it goes.... hopefully I can get to losing again!</b></div>
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After thinking about this issue for a while today, I realized that I haven't exercised-- at all-- since we went vegan. [/B][/QUOTE]<br><br><br><br>
I was reading through the responses you got and was surprised that none of them mentioned exercising. I'm glad you thought of it and it's what I reccomend.<br><br><br><br>
If you do at least 20 minutes of cardio a day most days a week I can almost guarantee weight loss. Not including warming up and cooling down, if you do 20 - 60 minutes at 60 - 80 % of your max heart rate you'll see the results on the scale, unless you're REALLY overeating.<br><br><br><br>
max heart rate = 220 minus your age<br><br><br><br>
multiply that number by anything from .6 - .8 and that's what you want your pulse at for aerobic activity.<br><br><br><br>
Exercise, eat well, live long and prosper.<br><br><br><br>
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when i first went vegan, i went about it all wrong (potatoe chips are neither meat nor dairy ; ) anyway, i finally realized that while my food was supposed to be healthy, i was getting a figure like the marshmallow boy from "ghostbusters."<br><br>
the solution: water everything down. vegan products are fatty to make up for taste, so i mix water with all the veggie food i can (ie soymilk and cream cheese, things like that) most of the time i don't even know the difference. soon i could get in my blue jeans without having to stretch them on coat hangers over night again ; )<br><br>
good luck!
 

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I'm on a mostly raw type food diet. Which is to say that I don't eat much processed food. Sometimes a donut which I can only seem to find online from veganessentials.com. They have the best pumpkin pie donuts. mmm mmm good. I snack on nuts or dried fruit or vegan FIG NUMANS. I'll often have a big salad when I'm hungry but I know I shouldn't be. Trying not to eat any carbs within 2 hours of bed I think is a good guidline. I stick to that, usually (nobody's perfect), except for salad which I eat even right up until bed. Always with beans and/or tofu. I also drink 8 - 12 glasses of water a day. Well actually 2 - 3 one liter bottles of water a day. Same difference.<br><br><br><br>
hopefully there's something useful there<br><br><br><br>
rigmarole
 
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