Today I am celebrating 2 months of great weight loss success eating a plant-based diet. I’ve lost 25 pounds, have more muscle, and feel healthier than ever.
On January 5, 2017, I was misdiagnosed with type 2 diabetes. (I learned 6 months later that I actually have type 1 diabetes. Click to learn the difference.) I read many books about how to “reverse my diabetes,” so 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 whole food, plant-based (healthy vegan) diet.
In the 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 am a 43 year-old, 5’9″ woman. At 129 pounds, I have reached my weight loss goals, and I going to continue to eat sensibly to see where I end up.
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. I eat slowly, and I eat as much as I want until I am comfortably full. I also eat 1-3 servings of fruit everyday. To optimize my weight loss, I don’t eat meat, dairy, oil, avocado, nuts, or anything else that has a high amount of fat or calories.
My typical meals are:
- steel cut oatmeal with berries
- big salad with all my favorite veggies, with oil-free hummus or beans
- steamed greens with beans or veggie chili
- sweet potatoes with broccoli and pico de gallo
Because my daily menu is so simple and enjoyable, I am easily able to follow this way of eating while travelling and living in hotels 100% of the time!
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