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Ah, a question as old as time: is it easy to lose weight on a vegan diet?

The answer to this oft-asked query is, as it often is, errrr, yes? But also definitely no.

It’s complicated…

Yes, it’s easy to lose weight on a vegan diet

Ever heard of a whole food plant based diet?

I have heard of it, but I don’t really intend doing it. Unless you’re allowed Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausages, but I have a niggly feeling that they’re suuuper processed and my gut is probably full of their rotting carcasses.

Anyway, it’s a really good way to lose weight in a controlled, sustainable manner, because you don’t have to worry about counting calories or anything, and as long as you’re not going overboard and eating twenty bananas and potatoes a day washed down with a gallon of peanut butter, you’ll be fine.

You can eat abundantly on a whole food plant-based diet, which sounds counter-intuitive to a lot of people, but hear me out. Plant-based food tends to be lower in calories but bigger in volume than animal products. Imagine how much broccoli you’d need to eat versus the equivalent calories of meat.

A lot of people advocate eating raw foods to lose weight, and I agree to some extent. Raw foods are harder to eat than cooked ones (imagine eating ten raw carrots – it’d take forever compared to eating cooked ones) and are more voluminous so fill you up. They are easier to digest often though s won’t keep you as full for as long.

I would never advocate a fully raw diet though. I can’t – I like (vegan) custard too much. Or even raw till 4. For snacks though, and maybe a handful of meals a week, eating raw foods can be a great way to lose weight.

No, it’s super hard to lose weight on a vegan diet

Because Oreos.

I’m sure it used to be easy.

To lose weight I mean. Being a vegan even five years ago was worlds apart from what it’s like now. Vegans then practically had to be healthy, since vegan junk food wasn’t really a thing.

Back in the days before Coop Jam doughnuts, Tesco Free From Rocky Road and all the other delicious things.

As I outlined in this post, I’ve recently discovered my favourite brand of vegan butter. It’s delicious, especially spread on fresh, crusty bread. Great.

Except. Up until a month or so, that fresh crusty bread would have been slathered with hummus or peanut butter or similar – basically something with a decent nutritional profile. I’m sure the vegan butter has some good fats in, but so does hummus and peanut butter, but they also have a lot of different vitamins and minerals that a block of what is essentially pure oil can’t provide.

Now, I’m NOT NOT NOT complaining, but as vegan alternatives become better and better, Caroline gets less and less healthy.

I love bread and hummus, but I love bread and butter more. And I feel like I should keep buying it because what if there’s not enough demand and they stop making it?? I want to support vegan entrepreneurs!!

At some point, I’m going to have to do the whole food plant-based shebang, but I need to build my willpower first.

Even just a little restraint would be good, but apparently, that’s just not how I roll.

In conclusion

If you’re looking to lose weight, but don’t want to have to count calories or anything, a whole food plant-based diet is the absolute one. If you need inspo High Carb Hannah has a lot of weight loss stuff. It’s definitely not a quick way to lose weight (none of the ones that work are) but it’s fairly intuitive, uncomplicated and, best of all, you can eat a lot.

However, if the thought of unwanted weight loss is putting you off trying a vegan diet, fret not. It’s not at all difficult to eat plenty of calories. I certainly manage.

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