If you’re looking for a decent vegan weight loss meal plan, I’m going to offer one below. Bear in mind that if you go vegan from being omnivorous, you are guaranteed to lose weight (if you were overweight before), but it will take time.
By time, I mean months.
In fact, it generally takes around 2 years for your body to adjust, clear out all the pus and toxins, and put you at your natural optimal weight and physique.
If you follow the vegan weight loss meal plan below, you will speed that process up somewhat, and will see real results within days and weeks.
Take it easy
Bear in mind however that it’s not good to lose weight too fast, for a number of reasons.
Reason number one is that if you lose it very fast, that’s just your body’s knee-jerk reaction, and it will look for ways to put that weight back on as quickly as it can.
Reason number two is that if you lose body fat too quickly, your skin won’t have time to adjust and you’re open to getting loose, saggy skin and stretchmarks. Not a good look, and not a good feeling.
So there’s no substitute for taking it nice and easy, and being consistent with your new regime. Really being vegan is a mindset and a way of life, and if you see it as a way of compassion as well as a way of health, you are far more likely to be successful in sticking to the philosophy.
This is a marathon not a sprint.
Really, being vegan is about wising up.
You know, I don’t think much of the theory of calories. I simply don’t think our bodies are that stupid that if they get lots of dense energy they don’t know how to get rid of it. They do it all the time – it’s called excrement.
To me the issue of health and weight optimising is an issue of pollution, versus clean eating. And that really means not eating or drinking blood-products. Because they “stick”. They clog. Our bodies get confused that there’s animal matter in our own bodies which isn’t our own.
So the process of weight loss is a process of detoxification.
Because of this, fasting is going to play a role, because it allows the body to divert energy away from digestion, which is a great drain, to actually clearing up the body.
Fruit and juice is also going to play a role, for essentially the same reasons. Anyone who’s ever done a juice fast will know how effective they are.
Anyhow, let’s look at this vegan weight loss meal plan.
This is a weekly plan, which I use occasionally, although for the most part I just keep it simple and eat any kind of vegan all the time, because I know I’m in it for the long haul anyhow.
We’re going to rotate starch days with fruit days and one important fasting day per week, where only juice and tea or coffee is allowed.
- I allow for 4 starch days, 2 fruit days, and 1 full fasting day per week.
You could adjust this any way you like. You might want to go hardcore and make it 3 starch, 2 fruit, 2 fasts.
Or whatever you feel works for you.
It’s your body. Always listen to it.
A sample weekly plan
So it could look like this:
- Monday: Fast (fresh juice, coffee, tea only), NO WATER
- Tuesday: Fruit & white rice (or brown bread)
- Wednesday: Starch & cooked veg
- Thursday: Starch & cooked veg
- Friday: Fruit (raw foods only)
- Saturday: Starch & cooked veg
- Sunday: Starch & the kitchen sink, eat as much as you like
The rationale behind this is that the fast follows two days of eating plenty of food.
Then the day after the fast, you have a fruit and rice day, to gently ease the digestion back into operation.
Say no to fully raw
I’m going to say this: I’m not a fan of raw food diet regimes. I think they’re unsustainable and not good for the body. Eating only raw foods cools down the body too much and puts a big strain on the digestive organs to come up with the “fire” needed to process these cold foods.
Traditional Chinese Medicine backs me up on this.
However, having raw food days in there will help to supercharge the weight loss process. I was fruitarian for ten months back in 2012, and I certainly lost a ton of weight. I wasn’t entirely happy with the body tone it produced – I never got a six-pack belly, for a start. But then I never had one, even as a teenager.
Make it metabolic
As for alcohol, I’d avoid it or cut down on it while you’re doing this. Remember what you’re really doing, which is vitalising your organs. Drinking alcohol will reverse that process and put a strain on your liver and kidneys.
There’s something related to this. You may have noticed that I stress “no water” on the fasting day. There’s a good reason for this.
Much of the world seems to be currently obsessed with drinking gallons and gallons of water. I don’t see this as a very good idea at all. In fact I see it as being damaging for kidneys, and making the metabolism slow, sluggish, and… well, watered down.
And I’m not the only one who thinks so.
When you’re drinking loads, all you’re really doing is drinking loads. And peeing like a racehorse.
I suppose you’re getting a workout with all those visits to the bathroom, though. LOL.
So for your fast day to be a fiery one, in which you can really burn up those toxins, lave out the water and stick to fluids with electrolytes present. I wouldn’t recommend drinking fizzy drinks on fast days either though – fresh juices just have more life energy in them.
On the subject of heat, I think hot drinks can play a role in weight loss. Regular tea or coffee is fine, but then so is herbal tea or something funky like green coffee. They help with the digestive fire, I’ve found – there’s a reason that strong black coffee is traditionally served after large evening meals.
What do you think?
Anyway, that’s about it, let me know what you think about this regime in the comments below. Do you think you could stick to something like this? Would you make any changes? Or maybe you’ve had success in the past with something like this?