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i have been trying to change to a vegan diet, my biggest pitfall was cheese, but i seem to be over coming that. but i am GAINING weight!!! i am trying to lose weight and i have gained 4 pounds since trying this dietary change.<br><br>
i am suspecting i am eating more bread than i did before ( whole wheat), and maybe a cookie or 2 more.<br><br>
but im really getting discourage quickly.
 

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Eating more calories will make you gain weight. Eat fresh foods and veggies, not cookies, if you are trying to lose weight. Being vegan is not a guarantee of being healthy OR of losing weight.
 

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Hang in there. Your body might just be adjusting to the new change, and it could be water weight.<br><br><br><br>
When I first went vegetarian, I initially gained weight, but it quickly went away. Once I upped my intake of veggies, my weight dropped. I was initially eating lots of vegetarian snacks and treats, but just because they didn't have animal products in them didn't mean they were nutritionally good for me! Going from vegetarian to vegan, I've dropped some more weight, but not as much.<br><br><br><br>
Weight gain is simple: calories in vs calories out.<br><br><br><br>
Are you exercising?
 

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I am on a vegetarian low carb diet and it is working. I am losing about 5 lbs. a week after years of stuffing my face with meat and meat products as well as processed carbs. I would suggest you cut out all dairy products as well as white rice, white flour and sugar. Instead, use whole grain products, oats and if you HAVE to have sweet things then get some Stevia to use as a sweetener. It is a natural substance that you can find in most health food stores as well as Trader Joe's. Unfortunately it has not been approved by the FDZ yet to use in commerical products. But the best thing to do is just cut out all cakes, pies, cookies, sweetened soft drinks, donuts, sweet rolls, etc. They may not contain animal products but they are still fattening.
 

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Its possible you may be insulin resistant. What I mean is that eating items like potatoes and bread as your main source of carb intake(carbs help you produce energy by using protein to burn carbs releasing energy. If you do not eat the corect balance then you will store the carb as sugar to save for another time. Also if you do not eat enough protien the carbs will take longer and be broken down less quickly making you put on wieght. Try to avoid eating at least 5 hours before you go to bed. Eat your carbs in the morning instead of at night. Eg. cerals and pasta for lunch and a salad with quorn or like for dinner. You will find the weight will fall of. Look at Vitaline web site. It is for Pcos (See profile) But also insulin resistance which sounds like what you have. Hope this helpded.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:">
 
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