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Someone asked me this question the other day:<br><br><br><br>
Does being a VEGAN diet make you thin?<br><br><br><br>
Anyone know the answer to that? If you are a vegan what do you eat to to stay slim?
 

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EXCUSE ME THAT IS SUPPOSED TO READ<br><br><br><br>
DOES BEING VEGAN MAKE YOU THIN?<br><br><br><br>
PLEASE EXCUSE THE ERROR!
 

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From what I've heard, vegans tend to be thinner than omnis. Of course, there's lots of variation (check out the Height and Weight post) and I imagine it depends largely on how you eat as a vegan. I mean, you can eat mostly fruits and veg, or you can eat a lot of processed or fried foods.<br><br><br><br>
Btw, you can click edit under your post to correct spelling errors and such.
 

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I think that's different for everyone. I've definitely lost some weight, but I'm also eating 3 meals a day instead of one and I practice yoga daily.<br><br>
I have known a few vegans who have gained weight, but it all comes down to what you eat & if you exercise.
 

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I'm vegan, been one for 4 years and I'm not thin. I like dispelling the image that vegans are frail and sickly. I'm curvy and strong. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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well...I lost a lot of weight when I became vegan-I think mostly because I became a lot more careful about nutrition. I am pretty thin-but I'm active full of energy and not counting calories..I guess I just eat a lot of veggies and fruit... I also eat many smaller meals because I get hungry more often than I used to. I don't eat things with hydrogenated oil so that cuts down that fat...but I use oil in cooking and salads...so I don't know. I don't eat a lot of snack food and I don't go to fast food restaurants. I don't know.
 

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You can be a vegetable-eating/fruit-eating vegan, or a french fries/pancakes vegan.<br><br><br><br>
I knew a french fries/pancakes vegan and she was downright fat.<br><br><br><br>
I know several vegetable/fruit vegans and they're slim and healthy looking. (but not rail thin)<br><br><br><br>
Agreed, it all depends on what you eat and if you get off your butt and move around. I ride my bike to work (4 miles), eat a ton of veggies/fruits, and don't eat garbage food (white flour items, sugar, candybars, cake, etc.) and only eat a small amount of cheese every now and then, and I'm really happy with how I look.<br><br><br><br>
It's all in how you look and feel, anyway. Don't even bother with a scale. If you feel good and look the way you want, that's what matters.
 

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I still have a bit of padding ... I'd like that '6 pack' to get unveiled but it's "smoothed over" a bit ;-)<br><br><br><br>
I've been on a vegan diet for a year ( well in 15 days it will be a year :) )
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by punkmommy</i><br><br><b>I'm vegan, been one for 4 years and I'm not thin. I like dispelling the image that vegans are frail and sickly. I'm curvy and strong. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></b></div>
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Ditto, although I've been Vegan for only 7 months.
 

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i've been vegan five years, i exercise daily, and i'm fat.<br><br><br><br>
conversely, i know plenty of omnivores who sit on their butts all day in offices, eating junk food, who are thin.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by jwnyc</i><br><br><b>You can be a vegetable-eating/fruit-eating vegan, or a french fries/pancakes vegan.<br><br><br><br>
I knew a french fries/pancakes vegan and she was downright fat.<br><br><br><br>
I know several vegetable/fruit vegans and they're slim and healthy looking. (but not rail thin)<br><br></b></div>
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Count me as a french fries/pancake vegan who is downright thin.
 

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it depends a lot upon a lot of factors:<br><br><br><br>
body type<br><br><br><br>
diet (junk food vegan, uber strict health nut vegan, moderate vegan; generally health nut vegan with occassional treats, etc--also remembering that different diets affect different body types differently)<br><br><br><br>
exercise<br><br><br><br>
general activity levels<br><br><br><br>
sleep<br><br><br><br>
hormonal factors and other health factors.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
There are vegan diets to help people loose massive amounts of weight if they need it--MCDougall's Diet. it's a healthy diet, and it works. It's strict vegetarian; mcdougall isn't a vegan, but an advocate of the strict vegetarian diet, which is a vegan's diet (since vegan goes further into other factors).
 

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I've always been thin. Shortly after becoming vegan, I stopped working out as aggressively as I used to (my gym membership expired, and I couldn't afford to renew it), so I gained about 5 pounds, but I'm still thin by most standards.<br><br><br><br>
So, yeah, what zoebird said.
 

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I lost weight on my vegan diet at first, but I chalk that up to 1) what I happened to prefer; 2) not knowing what to eat that was higher-cal; 3) not changing my meal patterns at first (to eating more frequently). Now that I'm more familiar with eating vegan I'm not losing weight at all.<br><br><br><br>
I guess if someone wanted to lose weight then SOME vegan diets would be helpful ... but, as has already been said, you can be a vegan on nothing but carbs.<br><br><br><br>
There are plenty of other factors, including activity levels and metabolic rates.
 

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i've always been thin, people used to tell me i looked sick when i was a kid and would ask me if i eat. i was raised omni. been vegan 2 years and haven't gained or lost any weight, go figure. this is just my natural size. i've lost some fat and gained some muscle though, so i'm in much better shape than i was, but the numbers are the same.<br><br><br><br>
on the other hand, a friend of mine has always struggled with her weight, i mean i never thought of her as 'fat' but she's definately big. she lost weight when she first went vegan, but then discovered all kinds of vegan junkfood and started baking a lot and gained it all back plus some extra. she's been vegan longer than i have too. but, she doesn't have a job right now, i think she may be depressed because of it, so it doesn't surprise me that she's gained.<br><br><br><br>
it really has nothing to do with veganism i don't think. i find it easier to eat healthy on a vegan diet of course, and that helps, but it is possible to eat unhealthy as a vegan too. maybe that's why there are more thin vegans, because they eat healthier and are more likely to be active, like with yoga or whatever, but some people are still naturally bigger
 

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After switching to a vegan diet a few years ago, I dropped about 15 lbs. right away. I'm not thin at all, but curvy. I eat pretty well, although I eat too many sweets.<br><br>
So, as I'm sure you have figured out by the other responses, everyone is different. There are many other factors besides veganism that determine your body type/size.
 

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I'd like to comment on the junkfood/pancake/fried foods thing<br><br><br><br>
Just because someone is "hefty" doesn't necessarily mean that their veg*n diet is made up of a lot of junkfood or fried foods. (though it might of course - and I think those that commented this way didn't mean to imply that ALL overweight veg*ns are that way because they consume too much processed or junk food).<br><br><br><br>
There are some awsome foods out there that are calorie rich. Here are a few:<br><br>
Nuts<br><br>
Nut Butters<br><br>
Avocados<br><br>
bananas<br><br>
oils of all kinds<br><br>
olives<br><br>
etc. etc. etc.<br><br><br><br>
But anyway....... no, having a vegetarian diet doesn't make you slim - but not eating animal products sure makes it easier to control your eating (less fatty foods to have to deal with) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Typically, vegans eat less fat than people on the standard american diet, so yes, vegns usually are thinner.<br><br><br><br>
But not in every case. I'm about optimum weight. Neither fat nor thin, I fit comfortably into the "Healthy" section of this body mass index graph I found in the daily express a year ago, when it was tackling anorexia nervosa.<br><br><br><br>
It depends on how the body reacts. And everyone's divided. i remember a veg-bashing thread on fark.com where one person said that vegans would all waste away because they weren't eating enough, and another was saying that vegans end up incredibly fat from "over-carbing" it. But neither of the two people were nutritionists, doctors or important people you can trust, so they're both highly questionable.<br><br><br><br>
It depends on the individual really, and whether your body bloats up like a puffer fish whenever you eat, or whether you can eat six tons of lard in one sitting and not gain an ounce. (An overexaggeration, and I know that lard isn't in a vegetarian diet, but i'm using it as an example.)
 

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When i went vegan i lost 43 pounds in the first year. Yeah, i was a little chubby to begin with. And that was with very little exercise and lots-o-beer. But in the last three years i've stayed the same weight (112 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> ). I'm also not a junk food fan, so that might have contributed to me keeping the weight off somewhat.
 
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