gaining weight being vegetarian
Posted by pudgyvegetarian at 06/06/2011
Hope you don't mind, but will copy a post I sent to my new weight loss group - sorry it's LONG:
Hope there are enough fellow vegetarians/vegans to answer this. I became vegan about 8 months ago. Within 3 months, I had gained 10 lbs. and was hypothyroid (was already on meds. and had been stable for years). Yes, I relied heavily on soy for my protein.
So then I switched to vegetarian so I could use dairy/eggs for my protein, as I am not such a fan of beans/legumes that I ate enough daily to suffice. In 5 months I gained another 10 pounds!
I have used Loseit for a week (love it, BTW). Was under my daily calories 5 out of 7 days and have lost NOTHING. The My Nutrition section has shown that I eat a lot of (healthy) fats and (healthy) carbs. It is VERY hard to get enough protein. My husband does not share my views so, after making his meal I usually don't have time to do a decent one for me, too.
I feel horrible to do so, but I am thinking of trying my old, lean meat-eating diet for a week to see if it makes a difference. I only needed to lose 5 lbs. before becoming vegan.
I am 55, do take bioidentical hormones (although they may need slight adjusting), thyroid meds, and am fairly active as I have horses and dogs.
Has anyone else gained weight being vegetarian?
Being a vegetarian & not liking beans & legumes seems to me to be your biggest issue here: they are crucial to a balanced veggie diet that is low in processed food. Can you get yourself some of the kicking new vegan cookbooks out there (I highly recommend Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Jae Steele) and find ways to cook beans & legumes that you like? Another hint for us vegetarians is nonfat greek yogurt: it is very high in protein, 10g of protein per 100g of yogurt, and is a great way to add protein to a vegetarian diet.
But one final issue is portion control: it is easy to give oneself permission to over eat when you are eating healthy food. Binging on homemade bean soup with slices of warm homebaked bread doesn't seem like it will lead to weight gain, but calories are calories. If you want to lose weight, pay attention to your portions. Weight Watchers is a good way to do that if you need guidance and their Points Plus program is veg friendly, it lets you eat whatever kind of food you want, you just have to work out the food's points value.