I'm 25, I've been vegan for nearly nine years and I'm trying to lose some weight. At the moment I'm about 7 pounds into the overweight bit of the height weight chart. I'd like to lose a stone or two. I think part of my problem is that I've always had an approach that you can't get fat on a vegan diet. This attitude hasn't taken into account my love of chips, vegan ice cream, vegan cake baking, roast veg and mashed potato mountains. Don't get me wrong, I have a pretty healthy diet in terms of eating lots of fresh veg and whole foods and very little processed stuff, but that can still be calorific.
When I first became vegan I lost about a stone and almost became underweight. I've gradually gained weight over the years but I think I've put on quite a bit of weight since I got married last year and started baking more and eating bigger portions.
I think part of my problem with losing weight is that I don't know the calorific value of most of the food I eat. I make most of my food from raw ingredients, I even bake my own bread. The veg I buy rarely has nutritional values on it. I'm also not quite sure whether I can work out the calorific value by just adding up the value of the ingredients or whether some of the calories get lost in the cooking process. At the moment I mainly working on cutting out obviously high calorie foods (cake, ice cream, less oil on salads) and reducing the size of my portions of carbs. I'm also writing a food diary and trying to work out some of the calorie values when I can.
Vegan Weight: Losers, gainers, and maintainers
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