From the time I was my heaviest back in 2008 when I got married, I reached 178 pounds. That may not sound too heavy for a guy, but at 5’9”, I was actually “overweight” according the height/weight chart.
And I know… many people don’t like to take those charts seriously. But I do, on a personal level. Because at my heaviest, I also had health problems like eczema; as well as constant sinus pressure, and reoccurring sinusitis, and pet allergies.
My theory is that with the extra weight on my body, along with it came health problems.
On Thanksgiving Day of 2008 (a few months after getting married), I became like a faithful Jew and gave up pork and shellfish. That was the beginning of the slippery slope, as I found myself becoming a vegetarian by December of 2011.
By April 2013, I became a full vegan, and in the process, I accidentally went from a size 34 to size 31 pants. That summer I got down to 153 pounds, without even trying.
That means I lost 25 pounds in the process of getting healthy. Yet losing weight was never my goal; I just wanted to be healthy.
As you know, all my previously mentioned health problems have disappeared and remained in remission since becoming a vegan.
For the majority of these past 3 years of being a vegan, I leveled out and remained right at around 155 pounds. Until this past year…
With my vegetarian wife being pregnant from July 2015 to April 2016, she began craving “fun food”. So I began picking up vegan chocolate bars at Whole Foods Market on the way home for work.
It began a normal thing for us to go through a whole bag or two of tater tots over the course of each week.
Keep in mind, we were still eating our normal healthy meals too. But ultimately, both the chocolate bars and the tater tots contained oil; which we typical avoid. Not to mention, the chocolate bars also contained extra sugar as well.
Remember what I always point out about veganism:
Being a vegan forces a person to consume 0% of their daily cholesterol; as the amount of cholesterol even in the fattiest vegan foods (cashews, avocados, and even oil) still never reaches 1%.
Even so, I was at 162 pounds when my daughter was born 3 months ago; which is about 7 pounds is heavier than I’m used to.
My size 31 pants were so tight in the waist that I asked my wife more than once if she recently had begun drying our clothes on a higher heat setting.
Nope. It was the all the vegan chocolate bars and tater tots over the course of the past year.
Four weeks ago, I nixed those items from my diet, along with all fried foods, and gluten.
While I haven’t publicly announced I am now gluten-free in addition to being a caffeine-free vegan, it’s working for me so far.
I’ve lost 2 of the 7 pounds so far and I physically feel better.
So yes, it’s possible for a vegan to gain weight just by eating foods with more oil and sugar.
Granted, it took me an entire year to accidentally gain those 7 pounds. Now the question is, how long will it take to lose it all?
I refuse to buy a bigger pair of pants!