How I Lost Weight on a Vegan Diet and My 7 Tips
I was 210 when I delivered my last baby. I was 170 lbs before I was pregnant this last time, but my normal healthy weight is between 150-155 lbs. I can go under that if I really decrease my calories but I never sustain that weight for long. At the lowest I would be 145 lbs. but that’s my extreme low. My weight can go up to 160-165 lbs when I’m eating lots of junk food. I went from 192 (January 2020)to 174 in 8 months (August 2020) just by eating healthier off and on. I might eat healthy for a couple weeks and then eat bad for a couple weeks. I also tried a few diets that failed because I was breastfeeding. I started this last weight loss journey on 1/13/21 at 174 lbs. I didn’t lose any weight from august of 2020 to January 2021.
When I first began my diet I stopped cooking with oil. I only ate poultry and fish, no red meat. I didn’t eat bread, tortillas or potatoes (but I would eat yams and oats) I ate lots of fruits and vegetables. I ate smoothie bowls and protein shakes to supplement meals at times. I lost 10 lbs. in 5 weeks. But my weight loss stopped. I fluctuated between 162-165 for 2 months.
My vegan journey
I started a vegan diet to see if this would help me lose the last bit of baby weight. I lost 3 lbs in 2 weeks. I switched my protein powder to vegan and used almond milk. I introduced oil, rice, and tortillas back into my diet. What happens when you cut out dairy from your diet? I lost 2.5” on my waist and 1” around my hips. Then my weight loss stopped and I fluctuated between 160-158 for 1 week. I was happy I lost weight but I still felt overweight. My face looked puffy and I felt puffy all over. What happens when you don’t use protein powder? I stopped using the protein powder to see if this would help. I lost 5 lbs in 3 days. I believe the protein powder was causing me to hold onto more water weight. So I got back to my pre pregnancy average weight. I weigh 150.
I normally eat my homemade granola or oatmeal for breakfast. I’ll eat things like beans, rice and vegetables for lunch and dinner. I eat fruit for snacks. I enjoy a PB and J sandwich as a sweet snack.
7 tips for weight loss
1. Increase low dense calorie foods
The faster you want to lose the weight then increase your less dense calorie foods like the vegetables. Sometimes I will have a fresh salad with some cooked vegetables on top.
2. Try not to eat too late at night.
I know when I can stop eating earlier in the night, this has helped me, but I am still breastfeeding my toddler and I get hungry. Try and get enough sleep at night, but as a mother with little ones, this is rare.
3. Drink lots of water.
Stay away from high calorie drinks like juice. You can make your own juice with a juicer and this is much healthier. Stick to the natural foods from the earth. I drink coffee and tea throughout the day but I drink plenty of water.
4. Stay away from too much processed foods.
There’s a lot of processed vegan foods such as all the imitation meats and cheeses. Stick to the plant based foods such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains. Stay away from the imitation foods. You will have better weight-loss results with the less processed foods you eat.
I do yoga and Pilates after my kids fall asleep like 3-5 times a week. I may do it for 10 minutes or 45 minutes depending on my time and energy. But I do not rely on exercising to keep my weight down. I know I can’t eat a bunch of junk food and expect to run it off. I use exercise as a way of toning my muscles and keeping my body agile and healthy. I also exercise to decrease my stress. It’s a time that I can focus on me and trying to calm my mind before bed. So far I haven’t been a real strict vegan. There have been times when I want to go out to eat for a date with my husband or an outing with my kids. I want us to enjoy ourselves and not frustrate everyone with what I can’t eat. So I chose to eat seafood when I don’t have a vegan choice. If I do go off my vegan diet for a special occasion, I still won’t eat meat or poultry.
6. Stay Motivated
I do enjoy the vegan diet because I know that I am doing my part in helping the environment and not being apart of animal cruelty. I also feel good that I am not putting something in me that was once alive and died and probably died a stressful death and lived a stressful life. I feel like that could be bad energy entering into my body. So the vegan diet is healthy for my body and soul and keeps me at a healthy weight. I stay motivated to continue eating this way because I remember I am making a difference in the world.
7. Vegan junk food
Now you can eat junk food that is vegan. This will not help you lose weight. But you will be doing your part in saving the animals. But don’t expect to lose weight by eating vegan cake and doughnuts and French fries. Lol
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love yourself where you are today. Love your journey. Be proud of your determination and hard work. Don’t be hard on yourself if you go off your diet. Enjoy your new body and buy some new clothes when you lose the weight.
You are beautiful!!!!