CategoryDiet

How to Gain Weight on a Vegan Diet [Best Foods & Recipes]

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I’m going to assume you know the basics of bulking up. More calories than you burn = weight gain. And with enough protein and stimulation (i.e. strength training), you grow more muscle. I’ve played semi-professional soccer for years, and I’ve bulked/cut throughout that time, some of it as a vegan. In my experience, hitting macro targets on a cut is difficult, but bulking on a vegan diet is...

Vegetarian vs. Vegan vs. Pescetarian [Differences and Health Effects]

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Maybe you want to reduce your environmental impact. Maybe you’re trying to be healthier. Or maybe you have ethical concerns about eating meat. These 3 diets may all be options for you. But which one is best for you? I’ve created a detailed, but simple comparison of these diets on this page. By the end, you should have a clear idea of the positives and negatives of each diet and which...

Meat Withdrawal: Symptoms, Side Effects, and Benefits

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Meat withdrawal is a real thing. When you’ve depended on something for most (if not all) of your life, and suddenly take it away, there are going to be consequences. In the case of meat withdrawal, there are both potential benefits and side effects from suddenly going off meat. I’ll give you an overview of both the good and the bad in this post. Common Negative Side Effects of Not...

Why Am I Gaining Weight on a Vegan Diet?

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Before you went vegan, you saw tons of stories of people losing weight on a vegan diet. But for some reason, you’ve started gaining weight. What gives? There are a few possible reasons. I’ll break down each of them in this guide, and you can see if you think any are causing your weight increase. First Things FIrst: Are You Actually Gaining Weight? This is not a silly question, I promise. When you...

A List of 25 Vegan Foods Highest in Fat

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Fat has been made out to seem evil over the last few decades, but more and more people are realizing that it’s not evil. You need at least some fat to be healthy. When you first switch to a vegan diet, a lot of your food sources of fat disappear. This can lead to cravings and actual health side effects. I’ve created a large nutritional database for vegan foods using data from the USDA...

The 50 Best High Lysine Low Arginine Vegan Foods

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There’s a lot of research showing that a high lysine and low arginine diet is effective at preventing herpes symptoms like cold sores from appearing. Dairy is great for this, but obviously not an option on a vegan diet. Two things matter. First, the amount of lysine. You want to aim for at least 1.5-3 grams of lysine per day. Secondly, you want a reasonably low amount of arginine...

The Science Behind Why Some Vegans Crave Meat (and how to reduce them)

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It’s pretty common for vegans to crave meat. Especially if they’re new vegans. You eat something regularly all your life, and then all of a sudden it’s gone. That disrupts a lot of old habits and expectations that your brain has. Meat cravings are more common in those who really liked it. I was never a huge fan (I mean, it was okay), so that probably explains why I’ve never had meat cravings...

The 50 Highest Calorie Vegan Foods (Per Serving)

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Adopting a vegan diet often goes one of 2 ways. Either you eat too many calories if you rely on vegan processed and prepared foods (junk for the most part). Or, you can’t eat enough if you focus on whole foods because of the big increase in fiber that’s typical. So if you’re looking to gain weight, you need to focus on high calorie vegan foods. Clearly you’re trying to do that since you’re here...

What’s The Best Vegan Food Tracking App?

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New vegans more than anyone should track the nutrition of their diet. When you switch over to a diet that’s radically different from your standard diet (keto, vegan, etc.), it’s always a good idea to track your diet and see if you’re missing anything. It’s also a good idea if you’re trying to lose or gain weight. When looking for a vegan food tracking app, 3 kept coming up over and over:...

Lifesum Review: A Mobile-Focused Food Tracker Built For Simplicity

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When I was looking for a food tracking app, a few names kept coming up… Cronometer and MyFitnessPal were the 2 big ones, but other newer ones like Lifesum were also often mentioned. So I gave Lifesum a try, and this is my review of it. You can see my Cronometer vs. MyFitnessPal comparison if you’d rather stick to the “big” ones. Back to Lifesum, what does it try to be...