Vegan Not Losing Weight

by Deborah
(Ireland)

I've been vegan for 6 months but I don't seem to be losing weight instead I feel as if I'm gaining. Is there something I'm doing wrong? I follow the vegan way like you wouldn't believe. I've cut out meat, sugar, white products such as bread, pastas, milk, all dairy really.

I eat only vegan things, veggies, whole wheat and brown rice/ grains. I don't have a sweet tooth at all!

I don't get a lot of exercise but I do get walking in everyday and when it's not rainy I will bike to work...30 minutes each way. I weigh 9 stone and seem to be staying there and I'm 5 feet 4 and would like to lose 5 pounds but it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. I'm annoyed!

I eat 3 times a day and snacks consist of a handful of dried fruit or pumpkin seeds once in awhile. I definitely don't overeat.

Friends say I look great and before was very underweight back when I lived in California for so many years. I just don't feel very good about my figure at all.

Seems as if I lost weight when I used to eat meat and all that came with the mainsteam way of American eating habits...basically eating everything at anytime. Maybe since I'm 41 and getting older I am just weighing more...

I'm hoping someone can help me.

Deborah

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weight struggles
by: Anonymous

Hi, I seriously doubt this lady has a thyroid issue. If nine stone is less then 130 and she is 5' 4" then she is at a healthy weight. If she wants to weigh less it will be hard but not impossible. It would not be healthy for her at her height; even if she has a small frame to weight less than 115. I used to fluctuate. 115-135 before I had children. Now I think I may have a thyroid issue at 300 lbs. I have been eating vegan.

I was a vegan for five years plus and never had much of a weight problem. I did get up to 160 when I had a sedentary job. It made me feel awful as soon as I quite I went rapidly down to 125 again. I know my calorie intake isn't big enough to be carrying this weight. I can't afford healthcare. I will be more patient and keep on with the vegan lifestyle hoping it will help.

I just started making changes in vegan foods last week. I have lost as much as 10 pounds in a week when things worked before. Now though, I just can't seem too. I hate this weight and it limits me and makes me feel less than human. Media and the internet doesn't help. Also I am working on a holistic college degree. I need to regain control. I added organic virgin coconut oil to my diet hoping that may help. We will see.

Junk Foods?
by: Anonymous

Hi there,

Many people don't know that part of the problem with weight is the types of food we eat (whether they contain animals or not). I'm not sure if you eat them, but many of these "mock meats and snacks" are extremely high in salt, fat, and calories. They tout nutrition, but they really aren't healthy at all. They are also heavily processed. I did things a little backwards myself; I started using these processed foods later in my journey towards veganism. I have found that they increase weight gain by water retention, and simply because they contain so much oil. Here's a list of foods that I have labeled "vegan junk foods": http://www.fb.me/2eINSepFR These foods may not contain animal products, but they are far from healthy. From the foods you described, it sounds like you are on the right track. You might try reducing the amount of salt or oil you are using. Good luck on your journey. Stick with it!

It Could Be More Than What You Eat
by: Dori

I am wondering if you might have a thyroid problem. You may want to get that checked.

WATER , WATER ,WATER !!
by: Anonymous

AWSOME response , Cathleen ! Thanks SO much for starting up these forums ! I'm REALLY excited about meeting other vegans here ( especially ,those of Us with weight concerns ). I'm SO GLAD that We are living in a time, where We are forced (because of the critical state of the world )to have a more global perspective about what We eat and it's impact. I'm 49 with 100 lbs. to lose . (In other words , the caucscan Oprah.LOL !) . I think I've always wanted to have better reasons for losing weight than just the vanity of a smaller body (animal rights and a healthier planet provide excellent reasons to be vegan ...just as You said,Cathleen ). Just wondering are You girls getting Your water in ? I find that if I don't get My 8 glasses in , it doesn't matter how perfectly I eat ... I won't lose a pound .Just be sure to ,get it in LONG before You go to bed :) . Looking forward to getting to know You girls better ! ~Joanne (or JO )

Weight Dilemma
by: Anonymous

I agree with the previous post. I'm 4'11 and 98 pounds no matter what I do or eat. Sure I'd like to be super thin like I was when I was underweight at 85 pounds but, that's just not my healthy weight. So I accept that my average weight for a woman of my age and height is the right weight for me. It's not my favorite weight but, it beats the weight of all of my co-workers and freinds who are at an unhealthy weight and ask me how I stay so fit (which I'm not because I don't exercise nowadays); but, they just see a person at a decent weight and assume that they are fit. Please hold on to your five pounds because your body obviously needs it. Best wishes!

Veganism is a "true weight diet."
by: Cathleen

I'm glad you wrote in for help, Deborah. I completely understand how you are feeling and I hope some of us can help you.

As a woman, I understand that body image is truly one of our biggest struggles. As we get older, that may or may not dissipate, and we may start to accept ourselves, but we also may still cling to those issues.

I googled "9 stone" to find out what it is in pounds, and I believe it is 126 pounds. For someone who is 5'4", that is a very good weight, very thin in fact.

What you need to remember is that veganism is not necessarily a "weight loss diet." I think of it more as a "true weight diet." If you eat a proper, balanced vegan diet, your body will go to its natural, healthy weight. I do believe that is where you are right now.

The one thing I can suggest diet-wise is to make sure you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as legumes and whole grains. If you follow the vegan food pyramid to a tee, you will be on a great vegan diet. If your body has 5 pounds to lose, it will.

If it does not, you will not. In that case, you will need to learn to accept your body for what it is. You are right that as we age, it becomes harder to get rid of stubborn body fat. If it really concerns you, you should try adding cardivascular and toning exercises to your regime, but don't overdo it. Again, it is important to love your body the way it is. Five extra pounds isn't a huge deal.

It might also help to think of everything else that veganism does-- reduces farm animal suffering, reduces greenhouse gases, helps reduce starvation, reduces demand for corporate farm monopolies, etc. You are doing great things for the world while simultaneously helping yourself and your body.

I hope this helps in some way. Please feel free to write back with any other questions.

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