Benton, you have to remember that even though your calories were low, your body was getting optimal nutrition. Before you stopped eating meat, I bet you would be hungry even though you had just eaten a big meat-filled meal just a few hours earlier. That was because your body was still asking for the nutrients you didn't give it in the meal.
High nutrition does not necessarily mean high calories. A whole food, healthy vegan diet is high in nutrition and low in calories, especially if you eat a no fat added diet. That is why so many people finally reach their goal weight (and maintain it). I would suggest that you stop counting calories. If you eat healthy food until you are comfortably full and are not hungry in the evening. Don't eat any more. Why would you eat if you are not hungry? This will allow you to learn what it feels like to eat the right amount for you. Your body will lose weight until it reaches the right weight for you. It is amazing, but it really works.
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Thanks, IMVEGEN. I was wondering if protein levels lower than those set by SP were OK. I'm curious about what you think about low calorie levels and not feeling hungry. For almost a week on a fully vegan diet, I was feeling full on only about 980 calories per day and had to make myself eat more food at the end of the day to get to 1,200 calories. I was very surprised. I had thought that I would be more hungry eating less fat and protein. What is your experience?
I hope it works out well for you. A major dietary change can do wonders, there is simply a ton of evidence for that. There is plenty in existing thread so remember to search through those if you are looking for info and opinions on particular topics.
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my DH had been borderline diabetic for 20 years when we switched to a plant-based vegan diet (mainly Eat 2 Live), and after 6 weeks, his blood sugar was completely normal - which convinced him, and he is a doctor!
it is amazing what diet can do not just for weight, but for health!
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You've been given some great information so far. I have maintained a 50 lb weight loss for five years (on and off) with a mostly vegan, plant based diet. I love Eat to Live (I'm reading it for the second time now) and the Engine 2 diet book. The latter is full of great vegan recipes and taste FANTASTIC and are easy easy to make.
Okay, so get on the horse and let us know how you're doing.
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Benton, the protein levels recommended by spark are not appropriate for non animal eaters so unless you want to eat eggs or drink milk, you really don't have to. My ideal weight number is 130lbs and my goal protein is 25-45 grams a day.
Eat to Live by Dr. Fuhrman is a great book. When you eat high nutrient whole foods, you will be full, not hungry and will lose weight. Dr. Esselstyn's Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease are good too.
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Welcome to SparkPeople! I have found that when I eat carbs, especially white ones like sugar, bread, rice, pasta, cakes, cookies etc. I feel hungry soon after AND, I crave the sweets. So, I switched to all whole grains and, stopped drinking sodas and eating cakes and cookies until I got my weight into the normal range. I went on the McDougall Plan diet and found, to my surprise, that when I ate this vegan diet, I was feeling full, even though I was eating fewer calories than I was supposed to eat, and had to snack at night to get my calories up. Since my calories and protein levels were way below what SP said I should be eating, but I still felt full, I tried adding a glass of fat free milk, an egg, or some cheese to breakfast to see if that helped. I don't know if you want to do a vegetarian or a vegan diet, though.
Dr. McDougall, in his Health Supporting Diet, I believe is the title, gives examples of people who got their blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels into the normal ranges within days for the BP and, I believe, for the sugar, and a few weeks for the cholesterol, by following his vegan diet suggestions and doing a small amount of exercise.
Good luck to you on your getting healthy, and changing your eating habits, quest!
Edited by: BENTON1948 at: 6/7/2012 (15:37)
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I've been overweight for as long as I can remember. I consider myself a pretty active person ( for a 47yr old) but have always had trouble with calorie consumption. I have tried to become a healthy person on my own for years with varied outcome. This is the first time I've extended my hand for help. I'm now a type 2 diabetic on oral medication. I have a young family and need to stick around on this rock for as long as I can. Any guidance or just conversing with someone dealing with similar matters will be GREATLY appreciated .
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