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Going vegan, in need of health advice and advice in general. Noob alert.

Ok. So. I've been vegetarian for a while, and unfortunately my diet strayed from that. My diet is pretty awful. I mean bad. I've tried cutting back on portions and yadda yadda, but that just didn't work. I also feel quite sick a lot from these foods, and I know in my heart that I need to go back vegetarian. So I'm going to go vegan in January.

I've always been heavy. When I was 18, I got up to 200 lbs, and a size 15 pant. I'm only 5'2.5". I lost about 50 lbs. Well, here I am. 22 and 155. I wear about a 7-9. I would still like to lose more weight. I not only want to go Vegan, but I want to go on a weight-loss Vegan diet (going Vegan won't necessarily make me lose weight, I understand that).

I also ate in ways that didn't help me lose weight as a vegetarian, maybe too many potatoes? Too much fat? I do love my starches and bread (which I already know has to go buh-bye lol). What kind of foods should I try to eat to lose weight? Will tofu make me gain it? Should I go raw? lol Too many questions...

I already have an idea of what books to get, Skinny Bitch, Appetite for Reduction, Veganomicon, 1,000 Vegan Recipes. I guess I'm still a bit apprehensive and scared of taking the leap. Scared of failing O.o.

Any tips on my noob questions? All advice is extremely appreciated and thanks for reading. :)

lots of carbs (fruit and potatoes, squashes... i'm personally not a fan of grains, but i don't think they'll make you gain weight), low fat and protein. eat lots of veggies and fruit.. beans, etc. think nutrient dense lower calorie. i find that when people have a problem with weight they usually aren't the greatest at controlling portions so you just have to make sure the stuff you're eating is good stuff.

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So lots of carbs is good?
I was taught they were so bad! i just need to lay off on the fat. And yes, I have had portion control problems. I'll still try to stray from grains the best i can. Whole grains are best though right, and no flour?

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I recently lost a lot of weight and now I weigh 120lbs and I'm 5'7. I eat carbs, even those so called evil white ones, but I've still lost weight. Portion control is the best way to lose weight.

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I think hesp is talking about the good carbs.  I like eating something each day in bulk and will make a ginormous salad with dark leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, 'n things topped with half a can of beans.  That's pretty much all carbs, but good carbs.  <- Not a weight loss strategy, as I'm not thin, but an example of a carb-heavy meal.

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i would recommend getting Alicia Silverstones books `the kind diet`. it is very eye opening and after reading just the INTRO i knew it would have a huge impact on my life and the food choices i make.  it does focus on a lot of grain...but whoe grains. the ones your body likes, and take lnger to digest....giving you more energy, and keep you fuller longer. my personal philosophy is this; if it doesnt come from the ground....dont eat it. ! and believe me...you will NOT go hungry...or get bored! be open to trying new things and exploring the exciting world of whole, natural food. Earths gift to us.  ;)b once you find  this new balance, you will find you body easily letting go of the last few pounds. best wishes

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Thank you, all! You've all been very lovely and helpful to me! I will work out too, so that will help! I'll let you all know how it goes! I'll keep posting things... mostly questions lol. Thank you!

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My favorite book for vegan weight loss is Eat to Live.  There's no counting calories - you basically eat all of the produce you want, at least a cup of beans, and a bit of grains a day.  It fits what I like to eat, though.  There's a lot of variation in there.  You can eat salads or add a banana to a green smoothie or count rice paper as a grain and make spring rolls.

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Thank you, everyone :D  :)>>>

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Sorry to ask more questions! But for weight loss as a vegan, what foods should I avoid?

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i find staying away from bread and other flour proucts always helps in my weightloss. try to limit your fats as well. mind you, fats are essential to any diet, and i LOVE my nuts, avacado and nut butter...but try to keep it to no more than 3 servings of fat daily.

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Thank you all <3

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Good topic and good questions. I myself is going  to try to change my diet to a vegan diet for the new year. I have been vegetarian for 5 year and I have tryed to go vegan once. Good luke to you.

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