I've gained a lot of weight since starting this diet. I know that this is normal and expected (especially with a past of metabolic damage) but the weight gain keeps increasing. My clothes are starting to not fit anymore. I have noticed some positive changes though, like my rapid hair growth, my nails being stronger, and the acne on the back of my arms is now finally almost gone. As for energy, I recall having a lot of energy a couple of months ago, but now my energy levels are alright. They're not amazing, but they're not bad. I would say that as a college student, they're better than average, but I don't experience the super amazing energy that every other vegan seems to rave about. I think it could be because I've been exercising less ever since my ankle injury. I am starting to get back into it now though, so hopefully that will help. I eat around 2,800 to 3,000 calories a day. I notice that if I eat less than this, I have trouble falling asleep.
Can someone please provide some feedback and support? Is this extreme weight gain normal? I haven't weighed myself, but I can tell that I've gained at least 17 pounds or more. I don't eat high fat, and all my meals are pretty much the same as freelee's (bananas or dates for breakfast and lunch, potatoes or corn pasta for dinner).
I really wanna know the science behind this too because it doesn't make any sense to me either. What the hell does detox mean anyway? & why does a low fat diet still makes you gain fat?
I think that we need to move a lot more, ladies.
I'm no lady.
Sorry,Mystique . I did not mean to offend you.
Please excuse me.
So you think that if I exercise more it will help?
I definitely think that more exercise will help.
It helped me when I started gaining weight on Rt4 life style.
When you started exercising more, did you eat more to make up for the calorie deficit? Thanks for you response, btw :)
Thanks Woody Wood, that's really comforting to hear :)
Thanks Msbunny :) maybe I'll try that. I actually already have a hard time eating around 3,000 calories a day. But maybe I'll try to eat a bit more.
My take on it:
1. A lot of people, especially females, gain weight when they first start this diet. There's some explanations in various threads here on the forum, but basically it's your body hoarding all of those nutrients you're getting. The majority of females seem to have a history of bad relationships with food, whether it's some kind of eating disorder or whatever, which is why I think it affects women more than guys - their bodies are trained for deprivation, so when it first gets a surge of regular, high-value nutrients into the body from fresh, raw fruit, it tucks all of that away in fear of possibly going back into calorie-deficit mode in the future.
2. You have to balance your intake vs. your exercise. If you go from eating 5,000 calories & exercising a lot to still eating 5,000 calories & doing no exercise....well, you get the picture. I keep a pretty regular routine (daily exercise & similar calories every day) & haven't had an injury during that time, so I don't know how that would affect you with your ankle (sorry to hear about that!), especially since you said you have trouble falling asleep if you don't get a minimum number of calories in each day. Maybe someone could chime in with their own experience here.
I haven't exercised for only about 2 weeks, other than that I regularly exercise. But yes, I get the picture :) I will start exercising even more now. Thank you so much for your response :)