Today I am celebrating 2 months of great weight loss success eating a plant-based diet. I’ve lost 25 pounds, have toned muscles, and feel healthier than ever.
On January 5, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It took me several weeks to understand why I have diabetes and to find my way to my ideal diet. I figured out that I needed to focus on nutritious food and optimal weight loss, with a goal of getting rid of my belly fat sustainably. Since March 11, I have eaten a plant-based (vegan) diet. In these past 2 months, I have gone from 154 pounds (size 10) to 129 pounds (size 4) — 25 pounds lost!
The weight loss has been rapid and dramatic, despite also gaining muscle mass through exercise. I enjoy walking outdoors 1-3 hours/day everyday, and I do some weight training and light yoga 3-5 times/week. I don’t do anything too intense… just activities that I enjoy.
I attribute most of my success to Dr. McDougall’s “Maximum Weight Loss” (MWL) plan. If you’re interested, check out his book.
I am a 43 year-old, 5’8″ tall woman. Today I weigh 129 pounds (hooray!). Dr. McDougall suggests that my ideal weight is 127 pounds. However, a person with type 2 diabetes might weigh up to 10-15% less than that in order to completely reverse their insulin resistance. I’m just going to continue to eat sensibly and see where I end up.
Important Up date: Regarding my diabetes condition and medicine status, see my next article: My Diabetes Mistakes.
Last week I bought I size 4 pair of pants. I haven’t been a size 4 since junior high school, 30 years ago! The previous pair of pants I bought was size 12 in December 2016.
My meals consist of whole grains, beans, and vegetables until I am comfortably full. I also eat 1-2 servings of fruit everyday. To optimize my weight loss, I don’t eat oil, avocado, nuts, or anything else that has a high amount of fat or calories.
I frequently enjoy salads with hummus, steamed greens with beans or veggie chili, and sweet potatoes with broccoli. I often use pico de gallo and oil-free hummus as toppings. I eat until I am comfortably full. Because my daily menu is so simple, I am easily able to follow this way of eating while travelling and living in hotels 100%.
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