It seems like the weight just won’t come off. You’ve read multiple success stories of people losing weight after going vegan. You’re ready to buckle down and adopt this new diet!— or are you?
If you’re thinking of going vegan for weight loss, you should definitely check off some other boxes first. Have you evaluated your diet and identified all of the dietary habits that may be contributing to weight issues? Are you prepared to cook vegan meals, or armed with resources to support this lifestyle change? Are you aware of steps you may need to take to ensure that you’re receiving all of your nutrients? Do you have the discipline to refuse foods that you have previously enjoyed?
Adopting a vegan diet is a huge adjustment, especially depending on where your diet is starting from. If you eat out every day and suddenly decide to go vegan, you’ll be in for a wild ride! Yes, people have lost weight being vegan, I am one of them. However, if your answer to all of the previously stated questions haven’t been well thought out, you may be setting yourself up for failure.
The key to any successful diet is SUSTAINABILITY. If you’ve decided to adopt any “diet” that you know you’re not realistically willing to stick to, although you may lose weight for a period of time, you’re likely to gain it back.
It’s a great idea to explore veganism; many people could benefit from consuming more plants. However, most people that go vegan and stay vegan have a greater purpose in being vegan, whether it be realization of the harmful environmental effects of factory farming, a love of animals, an understanding of the negative health effects of overconsumption of meat and dairy, or an all-encompassing and well researched philosophy of the benefits of becoming vegan.
Therefore, if you’re considering becoming vegan solely to lose weight, try it! You may love it and see great benefits and find it to be a reasonable lifestyle for you. OR, you may see great benefits and still decide that you’re not committed to it enough to turn down cheese pizza.
The encouraging aspect of it all is that diets, weight loss, and adopting healthier dietary habits is a marathon, not a sprint. While it’s true that you’ll get the to finish line faster if you sprint, it’s also true that marathons end at the finish line too. Maybe you’ll go vegan for weight loss and stay vegan. Maybe you’ll go vegan and lose the weight but decide to incorporate animal foods back into your diet to some degree. Maybe you’ll decide to adopt a different dietary approach overall. The important factor in losing weight and maintaining weight loss is consistent evaluation of your food intake and your body’s response to it, as well as adopting healthy habits that you’re willing to stick to.
Wishing You Much Love and Veggieness,