When most people think of the typical vegan, they probably think of a healthy, thin person. They do not think of an overweight or unhealthy person. Is it possible for a person to eat a vegan diet and be overweight? How is possible for a person to eat mostly a plant based diet and still be overweight?
One of the main reasons for obesity today are oversized food portions. All food portions in America are getting larger. Americans are getting larger each year. Forty years ago, the average baby born was a mere six pound and eight ounces. Today, the average is over eight pounds.
It is safe to say that up to one third of all Americans are overweight. Those who are considered at their target weight are still about five to fifteen pounds heavier than they would be in the 1970s. Vegans are not an exception to this rule. They are also heavier than they would be in forty or fifty years ago.
Another problem for vegans is they tend to over eat on healthy food. Yes, you can over eat on healthy foods. For example, they may eat several bananas at once. Bananas are loaded with sugar and carbs. Half a banana is good for you, three or four at once, eh you may be better off eating a pancake or doughnut.
One of the most common reasons you will see in over eating in a vegan, or anyone else is by the manufacturer tricking you into believe the item is healthy. For example, you see a cereal at the grocery store. Maybe it is advertised as certified GMO free, and organic. You will see this thinking this has to be good for you, right? If you compare this items macros to the non-organic cereal, they are identical. It would be better to eat the non-organic cereal, if you were going too, after all it would be much cheaper.
Many vegans believe if they eat a planted based diet they can get away with little to no exercise. This is not true. They still need to be active. Everyone needs to exercise their cardiovascular system at least three times a week. This will help not only shred unwanted pounds and keep your heart healthy. It is so easy to eat much more calories than you burn throughout the day, even if you are a vegan.
In closing, just because a person is an overweight vegan does not mean they are not eating the right foods. Adapting not only a vegan diet, but a whole vegan diet is necessary to lose unwanted pounds. Vegans, like non-vegans, can get used vegan comfort foods and junk foods. It’s only when they distance themselves from the junk foods, adapting a natural, clean, whole diet do they truly see a change in their weight. One thing you must keep in mind, the work of losing weight or maintaining your goal weight is never done. It will always be a battle to eat the right foods and be an active, healthy person.