So if you’re having troubles losing weight on a plant-based diet there may be some calibration that is needed to achieve your weight loss results.
Why You’re Gaining Weight On A Plant-Based Diet
The first major issue with some plant-based diets is the caloric recommendations. Some will recommend eating a minimum number of calories everyday with no mention of variation for height, weight or activity level. The problem with this is that the recommendations are incredibly generic. It doesn’t matter what your size or activity level is. Everyone should be eating the same number of calories.
It is becoming well known in the high carb plant-based community that all the doctors & researchers (Dr. McDougall, Dr. Greger, T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Barnard, etc) all promote eating till satiation. It’s quite simple to explain. When you’re hungry you eat. When you’re full you stop. When you are consuming high carb plant-based foods, they are more calorically dilute than animal products so they fill you up physically with less calories. The problem is with a minimum calorie recommendation is that it is teaching you to force feed yourself past the point of satiation which means you are consuming way too many calories than your body needs. The excess calories, despite being plant-based, can still cause you to gain weight.
While it is more difficult to overeat on plant-based foods, it is very much possible for a lot of people and if you watch the video above, there is lots of anecdotal evidence that supports this. Hannah & I receive many comments about weight gain that ranges from 10 to 50lbs on a high calorie plant-based diet.
The second major issue on why people are gaining weight on high calorie plant-based diets is the consumption of processed foods. Breads, pastas, refined sugar and even smoothies is heavily promoted to succeed.
While these foods are fine to eat in small amounts occasionally, they are not whole foods. I explain the smoothie phenomenon in the video above if you want to know why you should be more conscious about your smoothie intake.
All of the plant-based medical doctors promote whole foods. This is so important because when eating whole foods, you are getting all the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fibre that comes along with the food. If you are eating a lot of processed foods, you will be eating calories but the food is not as nutrient dense. This causes the phenomenon of being overfed but under nourished. Which basically means people are eating a lot of food but not getting enough of the nutrients that support their health.
What You Should Do Differently To Lose Weight
There is no reason you should be gaining weight on a high carb plant-based diet if you follow the right principles. It really becomes very simple, eat healthy whole food plant-based recipes when you’re hungry, until you are full.
The caloric density of whole plant-based foods are very low so that you feel fuller on less calories. Consuming less calories will help you run a small caloric deficit and you will lose weight effortlessly.
I highly recommend you check out our recipe books. The recipes are delicious, the photos are beautiful and all of the recipes have helped Hannah lose 50lbs. There is also lots of lifestyle tips that will help you on your journey to finding your natural weight and improving your relationship with food.