Upon becoming a vegan, I did immediately start losing weight but it only went so far until I started exercising frequently again. With that combination, I amazingly got down to my high school weight and waist size which is something I never thought possible. Then, with the lower weight, I exercised more, ran farther, rode my bike faster, and hiked up higher mountains with less effort.
Shortly after accomplishing this, though, I succumbed to opting for vegan junk food in place of freshly cooked meals and ate bowl after bowl of pasta as a quick and easy meal. This was a poor choice since I started gaining the pounds again and decreased my exercise frequency until I was back to a slightly overweight condition which I didn’t like.
So after several years of working on new recipes which I liked, I cut out pasta except for once a week, reduced the amount of bread I ate, skipped all vegan baked desserts, reduced soy milk consumption, eliminated vegan ice cream, threw out all vegan cheeses, and focused on fresh vegetables, fruit, and nuts and began exercising again, eventually running a half marathon.
Although I haven’t achieved my high school weight again, I’m about half way there, and working hard to get closer.
As with my example, when a vegan, it is still possible to take in more calories than your burn off. It is also still possible, with the proliferation of vegan snacks and processed foods, to consume too much sugar and fat as if you weren’t on any diet at all.
When you become a vegan, you will be eating more nutritiously, but you still have to monitor what you eat and how much you eat to maintain an optimum weight for your body leading to long term health!