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Jules86

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Hello, i went from a pretty bad junkfood diet to vegetarian about 2,5 weeks ago and now since a week vegan.
Questions i have
- what extra vitamins are best to take when you follow this lifestyle?
- i read alot about high carb low fat vegan, i also need to lose alot of weight, is following this a good idea then? Besides the food i also run(not far yet) almost everyday and plan get a membership at a gym in a couple of weeks.
- how much carbs should you then consume everyday? And what other things are important? I can enter my food online in a food diary so i can see if i then eat enough of these things.
- we have lots of nice meat replacements here. But what do you need to look for in the ingredients to see if they are vegan or not? cause i read not all are vegan, only vegetarian.

Thank you
If i think of more questions i will post them here;)
 
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I'd take a multivitamin as a newbie, yes. In addition to the options provided by the Vegan Society (UK) at that link, consider supplementing your metals such as iron and magnesium.

HCLF is a good option for losing weight, yes. Have you had a look at www.30bananasaday.com? You will find a treasure trove of information about being a HCLF vegan there.

Dietary allergens tend to be printed in bold in the UK so I always scan the ingredients and let the font catch my eye. However there are a few notable exceptions that don't seem to get the bold treatment - honey and albumen (that's egg) in particular. Otherwise look for a vegetarian/vegan sign (there are lots of products that are only marked vegetarian that are also, in fact, vegan but you do need to check).
 
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Thank you, i will look at that site. The info is just a bit confusing when i was looking for information. Some vegans say you should not eat alot of carbs if you want to loose wegiht and others say you do.

I have to check if its the same here for the ingredients.
 

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Hi Jules,

Another option besides 30bananas a day could be this program (starch based: potatoes, rice, corn, beans, cereals):

https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/free-mcdougall-program/

I have tried both programs and decided to stick with starch. In turn you might need to try them out for yourself and see.

Both programs are high carb - but carb is not the enemy (as the low carb community like Atkins and Paleo would have you believe).

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Thanx, i eat do eat now like that plan. I read the weightloss can take a while cause your body has to get used to this diet so hopefully it will work. I think the way of eating is also something that fits with me.
 

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Jules, it will work ... it is key to set the expectations right. For example:
My current understanding is that, depending on how far you are from the norm, it can take up to two years for the body to come back to normal parameters.
 
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The important thing is not to lose weight too fast. 2lbs per week should really be the maximum rate of weight loss; any faster and you're at risk at pushing your body into starvation which can lead to all kinds of problems and deficiencies.
 
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Yes i have lost some weight but its a bit dissapointing to see that some times some weight is gained while i eat so healthy and go running every day. Hope in a while i will see more results. I will also be joining a gym so that will help also. I have eaten bad for years so will take some time