Question by sugar_rush_x3: When on a vegan diet, do you need to count calories to loose weight?
I heard that vegans stay naturally thin without counting calories because they dont have lots of tokins or bad foods (cause most non animal product foods are healthy).
So, if Im trying to loose weight on a vegan diet, do I really need to count calories? (If so, how many should I have daily?)
PS) *Im not going vegan strictly too loose weight, Im going for animal rights and general health reasons, weight loss is just an added bonus!
Answer by rexnezzy Yes, you still need to count calories. There is plenty of ways to be vegan and still consume empty calories, and even too much of a good thing can make you gain weight. The good news is that if you are eating vegetables, it’ll take a lot more food to get up to your daily calorie quota than if you were eating meat and dairy, so you will be able to eat more and still lose weight.
You should look up how many calories you need based on your gender, height, weight, activity level, and how much you want to lose.
Here’s a link to the Mayo Clinic’s calorie calculator:
be careful with just counting calories on any diet. You can eat a bag of chips and 4 large fries and still be within the "calorie" limit for the day!
Congrats on your move to a more plant-based diet. This type of diet is proving to be healthier and you will definately feel better. i moved to a plant-based diet after my stage III cancer diagnosis 6 years ago!
Here are some links to help you get started(my "links" ins't working, so cut and paste in browser)
Vegan help: http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/vegan.htm
general benefits: http://sisterearthorganics.wordpress.com/2010/10/02/bill-clinton-got-it-right-the-benefits-of-a-vegan-diet/