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This has been troubling me lately. Why is it that so many people lose so much weight when they go vegan?! I was a vegetarian for two and a half years, and when I became vegan in January of this year, I can say I didn't lose any weight...I've recently gained five pounds! (which my Mother tells me its time to just stop talking about and move on with my life...lol) My question is, what is it that causes some people to lose weight when they become vegan and other people not to? Is it the body's reaction to carbs vs. proteins, or is it a simple matter of what foods people it when they go vegan? I know I still had some nut butters and oils, but it was mostly carbs, and some low fat proteins. Why didn't I lose any weight? No stinkin fair. *hehe* <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
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I think it's a matter of what people eat:<br><br><br><br>
You probably always ate a lot of oatmeal and raisin bran when you were only vegetarian, right?<br><br><br><br>
But someone who as a vegetarian got most of their calories from high fat cheeses and eggs, who suddenly cuts that out and doesn't yet know how to replace it properly: wham! major drop in calorie intake.<br><br><br><br>
Or someone who went straight from omni to vegan, who was used to turkey subs with lots of mayo piled on. Suddenly that hummus pita just isn't enough.<br><br><br><br>
Plus, vegan diets tend to be higher in fiber. So new vegans feel "full" a lot faster, without understanding that their bodies still need more food.<br><br><br><br>
I don't think it has anything to do with carbs, proteins, etc. I think it's just how you're used to approaching food. A typical omni lunch: Turkey sandwich w/ mayo, doritos, coke. Substantial amount of calories. Vegan lunch: Hummus sandwich, tortilla chips, juice. More fiber, less calories. But this person thinks they're getting enough food because they're used to approaching lunch like, "Okay, sandwich, chips, drink. Done."
 

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I went from burgers and milkshakes to being vegan practically overnight, and my weight didn't change at all. My weight actually increased by 5 pounds in the last 6 months.<br><br><br><br>
I think a lot of it has to do with an individual's own metabolism, as well as the level of activity, because it was 6 months ago that my gym membership lapsed and I stopped working out. I'm trying to cut back on my dinners, since I have a tendency to eat what's on my plate, which sometimes results in over-eating. Maybe I'll drop a couple of pounds. I've also been trying to walk more.
 

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I agree with the previous two posts. A lot just depends on the individual's previous diet, and they're body chemistry. In general though, I think veganism forces you to look for lower fat, lower calorie alternatives, as plant foods are much better in those departments.<br><br><br><br>
Also, people tend to forget that diet alone doesn't do nearly as much to affect weight as diet and exercise combined. I consider myself lucky in some ways that I don't drive, because going anywhere requires considerable activity on my part. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I have a ridiculously high metabolism and when I was omni, my weight used to fluctuate about 10 pounds (which is a lot when I only weighed btw. 95 and 105 pounds). When I went veggie, I started focusing a lot more on what I was eating and making sure I was getting enough protein, calcium, vitamins, etc. and my weight stabilized. I now weigh around 103 pounds and my weight only fluctuates by a couple of pounds.<br><br><br><br>
Don't worry about 5 pounds--as long as you're eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting moderate exercise, your body will stabilize at its ideal weight.
 

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I agree body chemistry and other thigns are factors. Also charityajo brings out a good point. When I first went vegetarian, I was eating a Lot of cheese/dairy becaue I thought that's what a good vegetarian did. After I went vegan and cut all that out, I lost...but I had lost just going vegetarian.<br><br><br><br>
However, I'm with your mom on this one (though probably not on most things <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">). You need to move on with your life already and stop obsessing because you gained five lbs. There's lots bigger fish out there to fry (an old southern saying...I don't actually fry fish or expect you to).<br><br><br><br>
Just live and eat when you're hungry and dang it...be happy.<br><br><br><br>
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A couple of months before I went from vegetarian to vegan I eliminated almost all cheese from my diet, and lost some weight. But after I turned vegan I've gained about half of it back. A couple of my problems are carbs and sweets. I eat way too much bread (I eat mostly sandwiches for lunch) and pasta; and whenever I encounter a new vegan dessert or candy at a health food store I get so excited that I just have to buy it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">. What I've got to do is only go to the store after eating so I'm more likely to not be tempted to buy junk I don't need. If I don't buy it, I can't eat it.
 

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i was told yesterday that i shouldnt loose anymore weight. like im F*$#( trying.. it gets annoying hearing that a lot. i just eat and eat, i make sure i eat stuff that has things that i need but i dont plan my meals or anything of the like. so im not sure why i lose weight i just do.
 
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