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Fatkins Fri 05-Jul-19 15:45:38


Is anyone out there trying to lose weight while also being / trying to be vegan / plant based?

I am and would love some company! I have very recently gone vegan, but am wary of gaining weight. I actually really need to lose some, so I'm attempting both things at once.

I am doing Weight Watchers, but any approach, (but obviously vegan food), would be very welcome to join me.

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TheGirlWhoLived Fri 05-Jul-19 18:20:40

Here reporting for duty!
I’m finding that I can’t really stick to proper food, so I’m having things like peppers, onions and nuts for breakfast, a sort of stir-fry scramble, also lots of cauliflower and broccoli rice with a yummy tomato based sauce or ratatouille is tasty

TheGirlWhoLived Fri 05-Jul-19 18:22:42

I would say (for fairness) that I am not actually vegan, in the way that I’m still using egg white hair masks and when I do fall off the wagon then I usually fall into Camembert... but I am at least veggie so try to follow a vegan diet which I always feel better about!

noitsachicken Fri 05-Jul-19 18:25:55

I’m vegan and trying to loose weight! I’ve lost over a stone since Jan just by cutting out junk.
The problem is there are so many tasty vegan things appearing in the shops and I feel I have to try them all!

feralbanana Fri 05-Jul-19 18:31:23

Me please!

I'm the fattest vegan I know.

I eat healthy then finish it off with crisps and vegan ice cream!

I'm good at getting weight off but not keeping it off.

Fatkins Fri 05-Jul-19 18:38:15

Hurrah! I'm excited to have some company!

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S1naidSucks Fri 05-Jul-19 18:44:21

I just joined slimming world as the complete opposite of the cliched under nourished vegan. 😁 I’m aiming to lose a stone, then see where I go from there. I’ve made a huge container of fruit salad and had a bowl of it, this morning with some delicious Alpro coconut yogurt. Followed by a lovely cup of coffee, with oat milk, though other plant based milks are lower in ‘syns’. For lunch I had a sandwich, with really finely chopped salad, with chilli and garlic salt. Tonight I had two Linda McCartney red onion and rosemary sausages, 200g frozen chips and baked beans, with a slice of toast. I’m still within my syns and have managed to eat some healthy food and also feel self indulgent with the sausage and chips.

I will try not to fall off the wagon tonight. 🤞

S1naidSucks Fri 05-Jul-19 18:45:25

Ps, I do have to lose more than a stone, but one flabby bit at a time.

NotJustACigar Fri 05-Jul-19 18:49:42

I'm vegan, have lost the weight I needed to (2 stone), and am now maintaining. I did it by intermittent fasting - but instead of 5:2 I found 4:3 worked best for me because it allowed me to eat quite a lot of treats four days a week 😃. I'm maintaining using the same plan but do 800 calories instead of 500 on my fast days.

ContessaLovesTheSunshine Fri 05-Jul-19 18:50:24

Hi all - I'm vegan and have been dieting (properly) since the end of Jan. I've lost 2 stone and feel bloody great grin I'd like to lose another one though!

My approach has been calorie counting, effectively. I don't eat rice/pasta/bread/cake (unless essential, as in no other vegan option or terribly rude not to) and biscuits etc are very limited. My diet is mostly legumes/pulses and fruit and veg. I do have oats and quinoa fairly regularly.

I should caution you that the above approach seems to have given me a slight gluten intolerance as I tried to eat it the other day and had.... bad symptoms blush

I'm also doing strength exercises at home, rather than cardio; this seems to have really helped my abdomen adopt some sort of shape!

ContessaLovesTheSunshine Fri 05-Jul-19 18:51:16

*eat seitan, that should say - it must be quite a mild intolerance if a whole lump of solid gluten is needed to set it off!

S1naidSucks Fri 05-Jul-19 18:53:17

I found 4:3 worked best for me because it allowed me to eat quite a lot of treats four days a week

Love it. 😁

Fatkins Fri 05-Jul-19 19:05:42

Looks like there are a few different approaches!

Slimming World sounds a lot like Weight Watchers. Most fruit and non starchy veg, plus plain tofu and pulses are free, so I'm focussing on those foods. So far, so good, but it's early days.

Today I've had Weetabix and oat milk for breakfast, Ratatouille with aduki beans and corn on the cob for lunch and am just making satay tofu with rice noodles (LOADS of points) for a treat. I'm still within my points allowance etc.

I'm also going to have a rum and diet coke later, as it's weekend and all! Will obviously point it etc.

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Fatkins Fri 05-Jul-19 19:09:35

Also {waves} at thegirlwho grin!

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Fatkins Sat 06-Jul-19 15:03:01

Hello all!

Just checking in really. All going well so far. I had a Tesco free from yoghurt with fruit for breakfast and went to yoga class. I finally finished off the seemingly neverending Ratatouille I made a few days ago. It wasn't my finest work, but it was filling with added beans and olives to liven it up a bit.

I have no idea what dinner might be, but I have a few points to play with. It is my weigh in day tomorrow, so I will see if WW is doing the job then 🤞.

Hope everyone else is well and enjoying the sunshine smile.

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TheGirlWhoLived Sat 06-Jul-19 16:48:12

Sunshine has taken a break here, I’ve currently had two packets of french fries and an orange blush

Fatkins Sat 06-Jul-19 17:13:44

grin thegirlwho

I guess if you just had a small salad now you could call that a fast day grin?

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ContessaLovesTheSunshine Sat 06-Jul-19 17:16:45

I have been battling a migraine today and have had to resist the urge to mainline carbs. I overshot my calorie target yesterday with chips but did do approximately 15000 steps; with no equivalent exercise today I can't afford to pull that nonsense again!!

MiddleOfTheRoad Sat 06-Jul-19 17:26:13

Hi. I was a veggie for 30 years and went vegan in January.

I was already 2st overweight but have put on half stone since being vegan!

I am a lapsed WW Gold member but I find that all my old dieting go tos (Philadelphia light on crackers, low cal Aero Mousse skimmed milk, Quavers) are out the window now so I am finding dieting hard.

I don't really like substitute cream cheese and have to have full fat Oatly as I don't like other milks or the semi version. My sweet treats are the Alpro choc puds but they are more fattening than say Aero Mousse (and actually what a crap veggie I was eating mousse!)

Any top tips would be welcomed thanks!

TheGirlWhoLived Sat 06-Jul-19 19:23:46

THAT is a very good point @fatkins however my willpower dissolves on a Saturday night and I know a salad won't cut it! Had my HelloFresh delivery today so house is full of yummy healthy foods, and have bought a couple of big blocks of tofu to go with various salads throughout the week. Curried chickpeas and bulgar wheat with various leaves and a little bit of vinaigrette is soooo tasty. I mean not like takeaway tasty, but within my grasp!

TheGirlWhoLived Sat 06-Jul-19 19:25:14

Also I have topped myself up until later with a peppermint tea and some wotsits, they used to be vegan, am I still within veganism?

Fatkins Sat 06-Jul-19 20:11:17

Oh I have no idea if Wotsits are vegan! The cheesy ones? I wouldn't have thought so, but stranger things have happened!

I am with you on fasting at weekends. I can't do it either. I would definitely be tempted by 4:3 if I don't see results with WW though. Plentiful snacks on non fast days is a very tempting incentive 😬.

Sounds like you're doing fab contessa! That sounds like a lot of steps. Are you using a Fitbit?

Middle, I am trying vegan WW, but no wise words yet, as it's very early days! If I suddenly drop a stone, I'll be smug as fuck though and dishing out the 'wisdom', unsolicited no doubt 😂.

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ContessaLovesTheSunshine Sat 06-Jul-19 20:29:41

Fatkins I am indeed smile

For anyone else following a set number of calories: do you find that there are certain limits you expect to hit over the course of the day? I do - mine are 450 max following breakfast (this includes my soy milk ration), then up to 850 following lunch, then up to 1300 max following dinner. I fret if I exceed these, even when I am technically within bounds blush

As an aside. has everyone discovered habas fritas at ASDA? Fried broad bean slices (in the snack aisle) - sound dreadful but they are 26% protein and relatively low calorie (around 46cal for 10g). I bought 3 packets today!

Fatkins Sun 07-Jul-19 08:49:03

contessa, I'm not counting calories, but I definitely feel a lot better if I have a healthy number of points left at certain points in the day.

Weighed in this morning and I am down 3lbs since Tuesday. I'm very happy with that. It's a good start, but nothing OTT, which is what works best for me when dieting.

Just having a black coffee and thinking about what to have for breakfast.

Hope everyone is having a good morning and lovely weekend. Can't believe it's nearly Monday already sad.

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Fatkins Sun 07-Jul-19 08:49:39

Haven't tried the habas fritas! Are they nice?

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