Anybody tried going vegan?
For the past few years, I've struggled off and on with trying to lose the same 10 - 15 pounds. I'd lose a little bit sometimes, and then just gain it right back because I'd have a hard time sticking to the super strict diet that was the only way for me to lose weight.
I've been vegetarian for years now, with too much reliance on dairy products, which I suspect is why I've always had a hard time losing the weight. So two weeks ago, I decided to go completely vegan -- that means absolutely no animal products at all (no meat, no fish, no dairy, not even honey). Basically, my theory was, vegans are always pretty skinny, and there's got to be a good reason for that ;) I also read the Skinny B!tch book, which helped bolster my resolve.
In the first week, I lost 3.5 pounds -- yay! So I figured, okay, some of that's got to be water weight. The next week, another 2.5 pounds. I'm very happy with my weight loss so far, and I hope it continues. Even my husband lost a couple of pounds!
I'll be frank, going vegan is a little tough, if you're used to a lot of meat and dairy. There are substitutes out there, but I wouldn't rely on them too much because they're overly processed, and probably not too good for you. The nice thing is, I haven't really even had to watch my calories super closely, and I still get to snack on some yummy things. Here's what we've had the past couple of weeks:
- Black beans, tomatoes, corn, and rice, with homemade corn bread
- tomatoes and green beans over pasta
- broccoli in peanut butter sauce, over noodles
- stuffed green peppers
- channa masala
- roasted vegetable burritos
For snacks, I rely on peanuts or fruit during the day, and popcorn or these yummies in the evening.
I just want to throw this out there as an idea for anyone who is looking to lose weight, and is interested in trying something different. I'd be happy to share ideas and what's worked for me so far -- I'm no expert, though! I'm also not planning on doing this long term, as I don't think being vegan for more than a few months would be particularly enjoyable (it's palatable, but not you know, great), but so far for me, it's been a good way to lose weight.