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Okay so I became a vegetarian a little over a week ago, and in that time, I've gained 5 pounds. I really thought I would lose weight being a vegetarian but I can definitely feel that extra weight and I just weighed myself. I don't see why either. I've been eating so many fruits, veggies, protein, and wheat. For example, today I had a pancake in the morning, a veggie burger for lunch with a fruit bowl, and I just had vegetable fried rice for dinner. Oh and I do cardio every day. I've maintained the same weight for a long time but as SOON as I stopped eating meat, I gained weight. I don't know what I'm doing wrong
I also feel hungry all the time, literally.

Any recommendations? I think I might be consuming too many carbs and starches but fruits and veggies just don't fill me up. Before I went veg, I'd have meat to fill my stomach, but now I'm not sure what to eat to "fill up" and get that satisfied feeling haha.
 

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Drink A LOT of water.
Also fruits are high in sugar
 

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Are you eating refined sugar/wheat? For example, in your pancake you should use whole wheat unrefined flour. If you had a bun with your burger, it should be whole wheat. Fried rice is not healthy (anything with 'fried' in the name isn't healthy). Also try to eat foods that are more "filling", or nutritionally dense. Baked potatoes, oatmeal, nuts and nut butters, beans, etc.

Is that ALL you've been eating? You may want to keep written track of everything you are eating if you are very concerned about your weight.

Also, you should be doing strength training as well as cardio to lose weight.
 

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Five pounds in one week is an awful lot! Are you sure it's not just a weird time in your cycle? Maybe you've been eating a lot of salt and therefore are retaining water?
 

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Are you eating refined sugar/wheat? For example, in your pancake you should use whole wheat unrefined flour. If you had a bun with your burger, it should be whole wheat. Fried rice is not healthy (anything with 'fried' in the name isn't healthy). Also try to eat foods that are more "filling", or nutritionally dense. Baked potatoes, oatmeal, nuts and nut butters, beans, etc.

Is that ALL you've been eating? You may want to keep written track of everything you are eating if you are very concerned about your weight.

Also, you should be doing strength training as well as cardio to lose weight.
Yeah the pancake and bun I ate were not made with whole wheat. I'm trying to switch over to that, but I just hate the taste. I'm trying to discover more healthy foods that actually make me feel like I ate. I feel like I'm starving right now as I'm typing this. And I do also do strength training in my workout along with cardio (I have routines). My biggest problem right now is just trying to find food I like that will fill me up. And not to mention my cravings are so intense. I could eat a chocolate bar the size of a truck right now hahah.
 

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Five pounds in one week is an awful lot! Are you sure it's not just a weird time in your cycle? Maybe you've been eating a lot of salt and therefore are retaining water?
I actually wondered if it was my period making me feel like this (since I feel it coming) but it's weird because I don't tend to gain weight on my period and it's almost a week late. And no I don't think I ate any more salt than the usual. Not only do I feel bloated, but I just flat out feel fat.
 

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When it comes to filling you up, protein is what you want! I try to incorporate beans into all sorts of meals. Peanut butter is also great. Nuts make a pretty good snack, and even though they are high in fat, they are nutritious.
 

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Five pounds in one week is an awful lot! Are you sure it's not just a weird time in your cycle? Maybe you've been eating a lot of salt and therefore are retaining water?
Its actually not...especially for females. 5 pounds can be fluctuations in water weight, especially around menses time.

I'm not totally ruling out dietary changes attributing to TRUE weight gain. Sure, if you go from an omni diet to a veggie one and replace animal-based foods with higher calorie starches and fruit juices, you'll gain some.

Vegetarianism isn't by any means a weight-loss diet, its a choice to make a cruelty-free lifestyle.
 

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Its actually not...especially for females. 5 pounds can be fluctuations in water weight, especially around menses time.

I'm not totally ruling out dietary changes attributing to TRUE weight gain. Sure, if you go from an omni diet to a veggie one and replace animal-based foods with higher calorie starches and fruit juices, you'll gain some.

Vegetarianism isn't by any means a weight-loss diet, its a choice to make a cruelty-free lifestyle.
Very true, it's still important to make sure you're eating well.

And personally gaining 5 pounds of water weight around my period isn't uncommon, our bodies can be weird. Eating more salt than usual can make you retain water too. 5 pounds of actual weight gain in a week is a lot though, especially if you have been eating fairly well and exercising. Maybe give it time and try the scale again in a few days, you never know, this could just be an adjustment period.
 

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Its actually not...especially for females. 5 pounds can be fluctuations in water weight, especially around menses time.
I'm unclear as to why you are disagreeing with me, since I was suggesting that it could be water weight due to menstruation or salt intake.
 

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Yeah I'm really, really hoping it just has to do with my period and not my new diet because then I'd have to seriously sacrifice all the yummy foods I know and force myself to lose weight which always sucks.
 

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You can also gain weight when you gain muscle mass, ever thought of that? Gaining weight while you exercise doesn't have to mean it's fat.. Ask the fitness instructor.
 

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It could indeed be muscle mass but probably not in a week, lol!

Maybe the things you are eating are bloating you- tinned products can contain a lot of hidden salt and beans of course are notorious for bloating. Also, packaged products such as veggieburgers etc might have more salt than you realsied. Still, I doubt that's all of the problem.

You might just physically be eating more volume as the foods you have been choosing are not high in energy density/ protein? That would mean you weight more on the scales and could account for a pound or so I reckon.

A lot of people eat tonnes of cheese and pasta when they first go vegetarian and put on weight because of that; make sure that's not the problem, perhaps? Stick to wholegrains and keep an eye on packages for calories; because you may be eating foods which are unfamiliar to you, maybe you assume they have fewer calories than they do. A vegetarian burger can be anything from 100-350 cals for example; just make the 'right' choices. And try to cook from scratch if you can; it's fun and is always better as you know what you're putting in things.

I think you should concentrate on getting more protein; there are tonnes of nutritious, vegetarian proteins out there for you to try


I obviously don't know what food you like or how many cals you need per day (depends on your height etc) but how about-

B) Oatmeal cooked with protein powder, some fruit and yoghurt on the side (protein powder is a brilliant thing and really fills you up for ages)
S) Hummous and crudites
L) Salad with roasted vegetables, cottage cheese or tofu, cooked pearl barley or other grain, sprinkle of seeds
S) Fruit and a few nuts or nut butter
D) Chickpea curry with quinoa and veggies
S) Yoghurt and fruit

I think the answer is this: eat protein with every meal, and the above diet would do that. The number of calories it contains depends entirely on your portion sizes, obviously! You will need different amounts depending on metabolism/if you want to loose weight/your activity/build/height etc. Use a calorie calculator online to estimate your calorie requirements, perhaps.

Oh, and WELL DONE for making the change to vegetarianism, give it time and I'm certain you'll find it's a healthy choice which will keep your body healthy and fit, long-term. This is just some weird blip- stick with it
 

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I agree with others, don't worry about 5 lbs, that is normal fluctuation (and even could be poop...are you going regularly since switching to veg?)
My personal weight can fluctuate between 1-7 lbs throughout the day just depending on what im doing and eating.

Its a good idea to not even weight yourself anymore, its not important... AT ALL! what is important is how you feel, how your clothes fit, and overall percent body fat.

Are you eating veg to lose weight? or other reasons?

what kinds of foods were you eating before going veg?

Eat potatoes to feel full, they have a high satiety percentage.
 

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Agree with everyone about the water weight. I also gained 5 lbs 2 weeks in. It is now 2 weeks later and I'm down 10 lbs from 2 weeks ago. This is my normal low weight. If I lose any weight from this point, I will consider that true weight lost. My weight always fluctuates 10 lbs up and down depending on the time of the month.

You might want to try weighing yourself at the same time everyday, preferably first thing in the morning, for a true measure.
 

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I actually wondered if it was my period making me feel like this (since I feel it coming) but it's weird because I don't tend to gain weight on my period and it's almost a week late. And no I don't think I ate any more salt than the usual. Not only do I feel bloated, but I just flat out feel fat.
You don't have to eat more salt to retain water and any food thats high in sodium will do it not just foods that taste salty. Have you tried tofu/soy meat they wont help with weight loss but they fill you up more than fruits and veggies - as does tea compared to water.
And being bloated will make you feel "fat". When I get bloated I look close to pregnant cause my stomach swells and sticks out.
And someone else already said this but weight fluctuations are normal esp for women, you just changed your diet give it sometime.
And (last and I swear) how much did you weigh before you gained weight? and how tall are you (if you dont mind me asking)
Chart on bodyweight vs height:
http://www.nowloss.com/Height_Weight_chart.htm - if your 5/10 lbs different than what your height class should weigh don't sweat these are general guidelines, everyones body is different
 

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I gain almost 5 pounds every time my period comes, weight fluctuation is very normal. Don't stress, weigh yourself again later, watch your sugars, eat more greens, and watch your salt temporarily
It's impossible to gain 5 pounds in a week, that's 15,000 EXTRA calories
You would know if you ate that.
 

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@Littlelove Well I don't think it's muscle mass because my body looks the same and I haven't done any more exercise than the usual. I'll try to eat more of the things people have mentioned in this thread, and not so much pasta and bread. My biggest problem is that I really dislike most of the food vegetarians eat but I've been trying a lot of new things and I'm starting to expand my foods a little bit and I'll definitely try to add more protein in my meals.

@luvourmother Yep everything's normal. I went vegetarian not to diet, but because I found that what they're doing to animals is cruel and I just don't want to eat meat anymore. I sort of expected to possibly lose, not gain weight though. And before my switch I ate pretty much the same foods, but with meat of course.

@vegansarawr I've tried soy meat. I wouldn't say I really enjoyed it, but I'd still eat it and I'm trying to get used to it. Before I gained weight, I was at 113 lbs and 5'5.5". Haven't checked since yesterday but it said 118

@danakscully64 Haha I hope you're right about it being impossible to gain 5 lbs in a week and I REALLY hope it's just bloating, but like I said before, this doesn't usually happen when I get my period. Anyways, I'll find out in a few days.
 

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Do you usually weigh yourself daily? I would say that most people carry a little extra weight when they're on their period. You might do it too and not even have realized it. Any change in bowel movements too can add a few pounds. I don't even weight myself 3 days before my period until after it's over! I made that mistake this month and I almost fainted
It's impossible to weigh exactly the same amount of weight every day of the month, your weight fluctuates naturally. Does your scale save your weight? My last scale did that and it was a huge problem when I was weighing in at 123.3 every single morning. I had to reset it every time I wanted to weigh myself to see changes.
 

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I am extremly overweight we are finding ways for me to lose as we speak however, one the causes of me being overweight is and waying much is my stalky big bones I got from my dads side. Maybe checking into your bones will reflect on some weight also.
 
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