What is the Best Diet to Lose Weight On – Lose Weight the Healthy Way!

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Are You Ready to Lose Weight and Still Eat a Lot?

So, you just clicked this google link in hopes of finding a coveted diet plan that helps you lose weight.  I totally get it, I used to be around 235 pounds when I stopped playing college football.  I always wondered, what is the best diet to lose weight on.  So for myself, I cut back my food intake and meal portions.  That worked well for a little while.  I was able to get down around 205 pounds.  Then I did something that allowed me to get down to 185 pounds in a matter of months.  Let me help you understand how to do this and still be able to eat a lot of good tasting food.

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How Did I Do It? What Did I Eat?

First and foremost, you have to listen to your body.  When you are over weight and eating a lot every day, as I continued to do after I finished playing football, your body & mind think its more hungry then you really are.  To me, it felt like my mind was telling me to eat the same portions all the time because it simply felt good.  There was push-back from my mind & tummy when I first started cutting back my portions.  However, after about a week of eating proper portions, my body and mind adjusted.  This is when I started to lose weight consistently for about the first 4 months without exercising. I got down to around 210 pounds after 4 months of eating better proportions.  But I noticed that my body still looked bloated and at times not lean.  My goal in losing weight had shifted at that moment to just eating what was healthy for my body.

 

 

This is when I started experimenting with different diets.

I stopped eating dairy for a little while. Then I cut out red meat.  I tried cutting out all land meat.  I only ate veggies and fish occasionally.  I tried not eating as much bread.  I think I literally tried about everything for the next year.  During all of my experimentation with different diets, I did lose weight and was able to get down to 185 pounds.  But I didn’t feel like I had a lot of energy at times.  This was my next problem to fix.  What good is it to be skinny and to look healthy if you don’t feel healthy and happy on the inside?

The Diet that Helped, But Did Not Fix The Problem

I was finally on a diet that kept me looking healthy on the inside and out.  This diet consisted of a good amount of fruit in the morning paired with a bagel.  During the day I would have a variety of nuts, chips and a lot of peanut butter jelly sandwiches.  For dinner I would have rice with a ton of different veggies accompanied with fish.  That diet alone kept me healthy and feeling good but I wasn’t into the whole idea of farm raised fish.  I thought about only eating wild fish but then around that time I had watched a Netflix documentary on how we produce and eat meat.  Yes, a Netflix documentary has scared me into becoming a full on Vegan now.

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How to Effectively Eat the Vegan Way and Lose Weight

The above title “How to Effectively Eat the Vegan Way and Lose Weight” is a link and it will lead you on how to eat a proper vegan diet.  The vegan diet plan will teach you how many servings of each food group you need to eat.  If you have any more questions regarding how to eat the proper amount of portions then just click on the food table picture.  And also this…

Do not let anybody tell you that the vegan diet limits your protein or that you become protein deficient.

This is one of the biggest myths out there on plant based diets.  You can rest assure that plants will bring you all of the essential amino acids and nutrients that meat diets offer.  Now, back to weight loss.  Just from personal experience with becoming Vegan, I have noticed that the more bread I eat, the more weight I gain.  So I usually just stick to a good serving of rice at night paired with a ton of veggies and beans.  Lentils and Quinoa are also amazing options that will leave you full and satisfied.  I also have a bagel with avocado in the morning to keep my tummy full and happy for most of the morning.

Following this diet alone, has kept me around the 190 mark in terms of weight.  I have tons of energy and am looking great and feeling happy.  There is a lot of negative connotations regarding the Vegan diet.  I also get questioned from my piers, family and strangers when I tell them I am on the Vegan diet now.  The truth is this, I do not miss meat.  I love the way my body feels.  My metabolism is faster.  I can maintain my energy and focus.  I love the way my food tastes, thanks to these awesome recipes.   The benefits are endless.  Do you not believe a vegan diet can help you lose you weight?  That’s not what the scientists are saying.

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Research on Vegan Diets from Scientists Prove Weight Loss!!

There are a lot of studies on weight loss being attributed to veganism.  I will just drop this one here for you all.  But trust me, you can search on google and find a lot of scientific research regarding weight loss being linked with a vegan diet.  Now back to this scientific research article.  In summary,  this article had around a 1,000 people try a meat and vegetable diet, a vegetarian diet and a vegan diet.  At the end of the 18 week experiment.  They concluded that the people who had eaten a vegan diet had lost the most weight compared to all of the other people in the experiment.

The vegan diet will be the way of the future for all mankind.  I fully believe that in the coming years there will be more research that proves my theory right.  Right now, there are a lot of suggesting research that is trending in this direction.  It will be a matter of time before concrete evidence backs this claim.  There is already a movement happening in the fast food chains with veggie burgers being available in so many places.  Do not be afraid to take the leap into a vegan diet.  The time is now to start your vegan diet!

Eric

Hello I'm Eric and I am striving to educate people about plant based diets. I enjoy bowling, gardening and nature in my free time. Marilyn and I hope you find our site helpful in learning about a proper Vegan diet.

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  1. Hey there, you raised some good points about vegan diets, but I do have a question.  You claimed that it is a myth that eating vegan can result in protein deficiencies, and while I agree that if you are actively looking for and eating vegan sources of protein that you won’t have a deficiency, but not everyone will be looking for it.  Consciously being on a diet does help, but vegan foods aren’t always filled with protein.  It may be something that you’d want to remind everyone of from time to time that you do still have to physically check if they are getting enough protein.

    • Absolutely,  Since I have started the Vegan Diet full time I am more mindful then I ever have been in making sure that I get all of the protein and essential amino acids that I need.  I am very aware that I need to be eating lentils and legumes as much as possible.

  2. Thanks for the interesting article Eric.  I was impressed to know of the amount of protein options available on a vegan diet.  As you mentioned, that seems to be the most popular negative critique I hear from those who do not practice a vegan lifestyle.  I would certainly be interested in learning more about the protein aspect.  I am currently on a weight loss program and hope to have as much success as you have had.

    • Thank you for the comment Mike.  I have noticed that a vegan diet can still cause you to become over weight if you are not doing it the right way.  I have found that when I eat a lot of bread that I tend to gain a little weight.  However, when I replace the bread with starchy vegetables I am able to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight at that. 

  3. Tjis is sure an eye opener for me, have always believed the myth that a deficit of meat or being vegan would lead to a person being protein deficient. I most certainly admire how you experimented with varieties of diet plans for the purpose of arriving at a conclusion. Please perhaps when will a person discover if he or she should become a vegan? Or can it just be done by choosing to?

    • It is a very good point Rahye.  I think the biggest factor in me becoming Vegan was all of the studies that have been coming out about cancer not being as prevalent in a vegan diet.  I do not want to be in my old age having to worry about stuff that could make my life less enjoyable.  I am starting to read a lot of testimonies from the vegan community on how their health and enegery have been impacted in positive ways.  I think you should try it out for a little while and see how you like it.  Thank you for the comment. 

  4. There are many ways to kill a chicken. That’s an old saying. The same principle applies with dieting and losing weight. As far as dieting goes, I admit I did the wrong way, leading to my ongoing battle with bulimia. Yes, I lost weight a lot of it within a few months, although I know it’s not the right way doing it. 

    Which is why I’m thankful for sharing the piece of information on your post. I’m trying to do it while I’m in this battle against ED.

    • I am sorry to hear about your past experience.  I fully believe that you can lose weight on a proper vegan diet.  Just do not eat a lot of breads and grains.  Instead replace them with starchy vegetables.  Also, make sure to eat a lot of legumes and lentils.  Beans and a variety of nuts will help you lose weight too because they have a lot of natural fats in them.  Hope this helps!

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