Hi! I’m currently a strict vegetarian, but I would like to go vegan. I used to be a vegan, but I had to gain weight by eating foods with more protein. I would like to go vegan again, but I really can’t lose any more weight. Can anyone offer me some tips?
Oh, you’ll have such fun following everyone’s suggestions and realizing how easy it is to GAIN weight as a vegan! I lost weight when I first switched over, but 12 cookbooks later, I have to watch my weight like all those darn omnivores! haha
Yep, beans, nut and seed butters, non-dairy yogurt, cheese, milk and tofu, seitan and tempeh all help. I’m a huuuuge fan of bean burgers…so easy and you can add your favorite hummus or pesto or quac for extra calories.
Great info from the Vegetarian Resource Group: Protein in the Vegan Diet Veg Nutrition Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes
It’s important to keep in mind that there is nothing special about animal protein when it comes to maintaining or building muscle (other than the fact that it’s bad for your health and it unnecessarily supports the pain, suffering and death of innocent defenseless beings).
You can build the same muscle using the plant protein that your system is meant to process.
Also, technically, the average person doesn’t need to consume foods that are especially protein-dense in order to gain muscle. They can just eat more of the foods that are less protein-dense.
Usually, the people who seek out especially protein-dense foods are those who prefer not to eat more food (because they don’t like eating, don’t have time to eat, etc.) or those who want to build so much extra muscle that they simply have no choice but to seek out the most protein-dense food they can find (hardcore bodybuilders, etc.)
With that said, if you want to get more protein without increasing the amount of food you ingest, you should eat things such as those mentioned by @keepTHEfaith, or just go with straight protein.
I personally have never had trouble maintaining or increasing my muscle mass on a vegan diet and, last I checked, Patrik Baboumian (Germany’s strongest man in 2011) was doing well maintaining his muscle mass on a vegan diet.
Its super easy to add more protein into your diet. A few foods that are high in protein are; Quinoa and whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, faux meat products, legumes, and tofu (along with other soy products such as tempeh and seitan). Make sure you educate yourself well so you know what you need to get in a day (like vitamins and minerals) and how much you should be eating in a day (serving size). You said that you used to be vegan, so my best advice is to just jump back in You can always Google vegan recipes that are high in protein if you’re still too low on it. Also as long as you consume more calories in a day that what you burn, you shouldn’t loose weight :p
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