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).
Thanks so much Brandon :) That's very encouraging to hear.
I have gained so much. I don't think this lifestyle is for me. I love what these guys stand for though. I have PCOS and am wondering if this lifestyle suits that condition.
What's PCOS? And don't worry, since I last posted this I've gained even more weight. It's really disheartening, but we just have to stay strong and keep going :)
I have PCOS as well as endometriosis. I've gained more than 30 lbs so far. BUT the amazing thing is the reduction in pain every month! If weight gain is the only temporary side-effect I'm happy! And I've seen many people's YouTube videos saying they gained weight at first but in time it started to just melt away.
I'm anxiously waiting for that lol! This lifestyle is so worth it! I haven't had a cyst burst in months!!!
I totally agree. I think this lifestyle is amazing since it benefits us, the animals, and the planet. I also love how I feel when I eat this way. And I think exercise helps too, but it can also be a hindrance when I do an intense workout and then I under eat :( because then I have trouble sleeping, and I notice that the next few days after that I gain a lot of weight.
Trouble Sleeping = check your B12 levels. edit: Also if you don't sleep well you can gain weight since the body hasn't had a chance to catch up / produces weight gaining hormones etc. B12 deficiency also related to fat metabolism in the liver.
Yea I noticed that the few days after I've had a bad night's sleep, I noticeably gain weight within just a few days :(
What are nightshades?