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Since recently changing my ways, I am finding it difficult to eat 2200-2400 calories worth of food in a day. I burn off 600-900+ calories a day from exercise, so sometimes I have to eat even more. I love to eat, don't get me wrong, but even eating 5x a day, I feel stuffed all the time. It probably doesn't help that I drink a ridiculous amount of water, but for people who do weight training or otherwise, how do you eat enough as a veg*n to compensate for the extra calorie requirements?
 

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I'm not doing weight training and *I* have a hard time eating enough! I imagine it must be very difficult for you. I'm still fairly new to veganism, but I feel like I'm CONSTANTLY eating to get everything I need. Good luck to ya!
 

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Why don't you eat more nutrient-dense foods? Nuts and avocados are loaded with calories, for example, while taking up relatively little space in the tummy.
 

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You shouldn't have extra caloric requirements because you are a vegan. Do you mean extra calories to compensate for exercise?<br><br>
Ditto to Kjesta's advice though about calorically dense foods. Vegan cheese, good fats/oils, avocados, nuts and seeds, dried fruits, nut butters = all good for starters.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>couverture</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2887868"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
eating 5x a day, I feel stuffed all the time. It probably doesn't help that I drink a ridiculous amount of water,</div>
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Try drinking less water. It's probably filling up your stomach too much.
 

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After looking into it, I think it's just that I'm not used to this much fiber. I've been eating a LOT of lentils, quinoa and other veggies and maybe the body just needs to adjust. In tracking what I'm eating, I found that I had almost 75 grams of fiber today, which is quite possibly way too high :p<br><br>
Thanks ya'll.
 

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I compensate with legumes, more specifically lentils. It sucks that they are high in carbs, so you have to do a lot of math.
 

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Try drinking less water. It's probably filling up your stomach too much.</div>
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With that much fiber, you'd want water to balance it out. Also, if you are burning 600-900 cals a day from exercise, you can't afford to not drink enough. Dehydration is NASTY.
 

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I compensate with legumes, more specifically lentils. It sucks that they are high in carbs, so you have to do a lot of math.</div>
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I was keeping track of numbers in a spreadsheet before, but I found <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/myplate" target="_blank">http://www.livestrong.com/myplate</a> a while back, which makes this number crunching a lot easier.
 

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After looking into it, I think it's just that I'm not used to this much fiber.</div>
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That could do it. Fiber makes you feel more full on fewer calories so it's great for helping with weight loss but for weight maintenance or weight gain it can make things difficult.<br><br>
Like Kjesta said, try more calorie-dense foods that have less fiber, like nuts and avocados. You might want to try vegan protein smoothies, too. Other options for higher cal foods: vegan meats and cheeses, add oil to your cooking and higher cal dressings to salads, drink soy milk instead of water when you can, that kind of thing...<br><br>
This is actually an issue for me because even though I need to lose weight, my toddler son needs to gain it. Plus, as a child, his fat and protein requirements are higher (percentage-wise) than mine so his brain can develop and his body can grow. So he needs high cal vegan foods and less fiber whereas I need low cal vegan foods and more fiber.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>KrisMTL</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2889712"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
With that much fiber, you'd want water to balance it out. Also, if you are burning 600-900 cals a day from exercise, you can't afford to not drink enough. Dehydration is NASTY.</div>
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She said she drank a <b>ridiculous</b> amount of water. I just suggested she tried drinking <b>less</b>. I wasn't advocating restricting fluids or dehydration.
 

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I think brown rice would be good for you. it is fairly high in calories and lower in fiber. I am trying to lose 10 lbs so I can get by with 1600 calories a day and not feel deprived. I too have the problem of eating too much fiber. I Find Veg food to be very high in carbs, but that is good if you exercise a lot.
 

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Try to have oatmeal not just breakfast but other parts of the day. Write down you intake and add up your calories , you might be mindless eating something and forget you ate it . I am also with you, I am having trouble eating things because my teeth and gums won't let me.
 

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I am the same way, I have 2 workouts a day for training and I have to force myself to eat enough to keep up. I keep a very basic journal of what I eat and I have a very good idea how many calories I am eating so I know I am okay. LOL I also drink a ton of water (a gal+) but a lot of it is during workouts.
 
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