FAQ7 With a Vegan Chef: How can I lose weight on a vegan diet?

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One thing that the vegan diet is not is a fad diet. It makes no promises but what I have seen is health is improved, weight maintenance can be achieved, animals are saved, and less stress is put on the environment. So it’s a win-win!

Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat To Live and Super Immunity, was on Dr. Oz talking about his 7 day crash diet. I think they used that term to make it sound intriguing and gimmicky. Can you really lose weight in 7 days? Fuhrman said that if 90% of your diet is made up of whole plant foods; vegetables, fruits, legumes, etc and you ate BOM (berries, onions, and mushrooms) foods that you could lose a ton of weight. But in 7 days? If you are really overweight then you will for sure see rapid weight loss if you change your diet and restrict your calories. But for someone that just has a few pounds to lose it may be harder without adding in an exercise program. Every body is different, so shows and statements like these kind of annoy me.

I don’t believe in crash dieting. The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to adopt a healthy plant-based diet for the rest of your life. If you have weight to lose than eating a whole foods vegan diet can help you achieve those goals. If you follow these 5 tips you can accelerate weight loss.

The whole weight-loss topic is really tricky. There is the emotional side to eating and our eating habits, then there’s the physical side. When I got asked the question on how to lose weight on a vegan diet I immediately thought of the 5 things below. But there is a much bigger picture that everyone has to figure out for themselves. Do you need to lose weight for health reasons? Are you just chasing skinny as my friend JL calls it? So I don’t want you to think that weight-loss is a simple issue. I do believe, however, that a healthy vegan diet can help with overall health and I’ve seen it time and time again work wonders for people. So give it a try and don’t give up 🙂

What I have found for myself if I stick to an 80/20 rule (coupled with an exercise program) then I maintain a healthy weight and feel great. This is just one of the many perks to having a compassionate diet.

To check out the last FAQ With a Vegan Chef click here.

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So how can you lose weight on a vegan diet? Follow these 5 tips for a month and see how you feel. I’m not saying you have to eat this restricted your whole life but if you need to lose weight then give this a try. You’ll be surprised at how easily the weight will come off.

1. Give up processed foods

2. Give up bread and gluten products, especially baked flour foods

3. Give up sugar and alcohol

4. Eat more plants

5. Chew your food, chew each bite 30-50 times

I would like to add a #6 to this post which is LIFT WEIGHTS. When I first wrote this post over a year ago I had not discovered the benefits of lifting weights as part of a weight loss program. It is crucial and is really the “magic pill” that everyone is looking for with weight loss. Once I started lifting weights I found it easy to lose body fat and keep it off even when my diet was less than perfect.

Please see this article which I wrote on my new fitness blog that is a follow up to these 5 tips on weight loss. Diet is only part of the equation!

Please check out my services if you need help with a weight-loss program!

Do you have any experience with a weight-loss program that works that you can share with us? Have you noticed a difference in your overall health when you eat a whole foods vegan diet? Share with us in the comments! I’m looking for inspirational stories for my next book so please contact me if you want to submit your story!

Do you have a question you’d like me to answer in the next FAQ? Feel free to leave your question here or email me!


Comment List

  • Janice hein 07 / 06 / 2012 Reply

    Thanks a lot for awesome suggestions.  You covered what some books do, in less than five minutes.



    • Christy Morgan 08 / 06 / 2012 Reply

      No problem! I’m glad it was helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions for future FAQ’s!

  • Pauline Lignos Hardee 08 / 06 / 2012 Reply

    As someone who has been doing the Eat to Live program since January, I must say it not only works for me, it's amazing.

    I will admit though, I was very upset to see Dr. Oz and Dr, Furhman promoting this as a "crash diet" but what do we expect? Some people are in it for  the money and from what I've noticed, Dr. Oz' audience is mostly overweight women who want a quick fix.

    Still, the program, when read thoroughly and done correctly is amazing.

    I like your tips- thanks for sharing. Cutting out the processed foods is key, in my opinion! And cutting out gluten can also definitely help! On Eat to Live you can have 1 cup of grains or a slice of bread a day. Luckily, I can still enjoy a glass of wine a few times a week while losing weight. But I work out a lot, so I'm sure that helps.

    • Christy Morgan 10 / 06 / 2012 Reply

      I'm so glad to hear of your wonderful transformation with a plant-based diet Pauline! I like working out too. It makes me feel great and strong, and I get to eat a bit more flexible without adding on pounds 😉

      • Pauline Lignos Hardee 13 / 06 / 2012 Reply

        I have actually  been vegan for about 3 years now. Still, doing Eat to Live helped me get back into jeans I haven't worn since my 20s. I think focusing on eating so many fruits and veggies is what helped.  I still do "cheat days though". Can't seem to let those go just yet…

  • Francene Beeny 06 / 12 / 2012 Reply

    What are your thoughts about sprouted grain bread? I use sprouted grain flour when I bake. Is the gluten the same if the grain has been sprouted?

    • Christy Morgan 06 / 12 / 2012 Reply

      I like sprouted grain bread. If it’s a gluten grain than it does still contain the gluten after you sprout it but probably helps make it more digestible.

      • Francene Beeny 08 / 12 / 2012 Reply

        Thanks for responding. I don’t have a problem with gluten by my niece does. I was wondering if it would be safe but now I know it wouldn’t.

  • garcinia 02 / 04 / 2013 Reply

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    post’s to be what precisely I’m looking for. Do you offer guest writers to write

    content in your case? I wouldn’t mind creating a post or elaborating on some of the subjects you write in relation to here. Again, awesome website!

    • Christy Morgan 03 / 04 / 2013 Reply

      Thanks for your comments and interest! I hand select my guest bloggers.

  • 30 / 10 / 2013 Reply

    I used to find this to be true but no more. Even though I eat very good, my weight doesn’t budge. I just turned 50, and for the past several years even when I am 100% raw vegan, I never seem to be able to lose more than 5 pounds and keep them off. It is very discouraging.

    • Christy Morgan 31 / 10 / 2013 Reply

      Hi Re! I wrote this post over a year ago and since then I have gotten really into fitness, particularly weight training. Diet I’ve realized is only part of the equation for weight loss and maintenance. Here is a follow up post on my new fitness blog that factors in the type of exercise needed for weight loss. It is crucial that every woman lifts weights at least 3x a week. It is great for bone health as well as it just feels awesome to be strong! http://wellnessreboot.com/what-are-your-fitness-goals-and-how-can-you-achieve-them/

  • Andrew Mills 09 / 08 / 2014 Reply

    Like Re I am 50 and find my weight did not budge. I have tried lifting weights and after 2 weeks I have found some small sucess.

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