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My friend has recently been bragging to me that she is now a vegetarian. She read a book and is appauled at the treatment of animals before they are butchered. (She has no problem eating fish.seafood though) Which is fine. We all have different convictions..not that I'm condoning what happens but that is another thread <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Anyway, she is eating organic when she can and things like that. But in the last 6 months she has put on at least 25 pounds. She was bragging that her bra size is catching up to mine...I'm think yeah, but I'm overweight, breastfeeding and pregnant... And she is always spouting off about how well she is eating...but from the looks of it it isn't doing her good!<br><br><br>
So, does eating "healthy" make you gain weight or is it how she is going about it??
 

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I don't know. But I am vegetarian as well and can't seem to lose my last 7 pounds from my last pregnancy. I am interested to hear other's thoughts on this...
 

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If your friend gained 25 pounds since becoming a veggie then she may not be getting her fill of fruit and veg but filling herself with a lot of carbs and fat to get a satisfied feeling. Though she may be omitting meat she's obviously adding something else to her veggie diet. Being veggie doesn't necessarily make one thinner but it shouldn't cause one to GAIN 25 pounds. My guess is she's not full and is filling up on garbage thinking that because she no longer eats meat her body can "afford" it. From the sound of your letter I don't think her new plan will last anyway. My advice is to patiently wait her out and hide the bread and pasta.<br><br>
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Anyone can gain weight on a vegetarian diet (or any other diet for that matter). Weight gain is just a function of too many calories consumed and not enough calories burned. Eat 3600 more calories of anything than you burn and you will gain a pound.<br><br>
Conversely, you can lose weight by eating 1200 calories' worth of Snickers or buttered popcorn a day, as long as you're burning more than you're eating. That's why so many of the "fad" diets (like grapefruit, etc.) work - as long as you limit calories, you'll lose weight. Whether you can maintain that weight loss when you go back to eating a normal diet is a different question.<br><br>
It's possible to be a vegetarian and not eat a healthy diet- you can eat Doritos and candy all day long and be a vegetarian. I agree that your friend needs to look at what she eats to see whether she's actually eating a healthy diet based on whole grains, beans, and lots of fruits and vegetables, or whether she's more of a Doritos and candy bar vegetarian. Of course, if she doesn't exercise, and eats too many calories of her vegetarian diet, she'll gain weight.<br><br>
The point is that to eat a healthy diet you have to limit the amount you eat *and* make what you eat count nutritionally speaking. (And to be healthy you have to exercise, too.)
 

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It really depends on what you are eating, how much you are eating, and how your body metabolizes what you eat.<br>
I have seen many vegi converts eat a diet extremly high in carbs. Most people will gain weight when they consume too many carbs, especially if they weren't eating as many carbs previously.<br>
Also dairy can be very fattening and many vegetarians get a lot of their protien from dairy (although there are plenty of veg non-dairy protien options).<br>
And just because someone is a vegetarian, does not mean they are eating healthy. I have seen vegetarians live off Kraft mac & cheese, Doritoes, Ben & Jerries, etc<br>
But being veg does not always make one fat. If they were to eat a balanced diet of whole grains, lean protien, healthy fats, fruits, & vegis then they should be able to maintain a healthy body weight.
 

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When I first became veg, I put on some weight. I knew I didn't want to eat meat, but I didn't know much are true nutrition. Also, I was younger and went out to eat with my friends a lot. I ended up eating a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches and fries. Not exactly a well balances meal <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: . I realized that even though I was a vegetarian, some days I didn't eat a single <i>vegetable</i> . I would bet that's what's happening to your friend. Vegetarian does not equal eating healthy. IMO, eating healthy takes much more effort.
 

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It sounds like you're tired of listening to your "friend"! I went from omni to vegan and haven't had any weight issues, but it does take time to learn the ropes of any new way of eating. We concentrate on eating whole grains, unprocessed foods, fruits, veggies, no hydrogenated oils, no corn syrup, no dyes, etc. And I make sure my family gets enough B12 and omega-3 fatty acids. I have heard that new veggies often fall into the white pasta and cheese trap that can pack on the pounds. Who knows, maybe she wanted to gain weight?!
 

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I agree with the posters that said just because someone eats vegetarian, doesn't mean they are eating healthy. Many vegetarians eat a lot of dairy products - especially cheese which can really put on the weight. Most junkfood is vegetarian too.<br><br>
Eating healthy is more than what you eat, but how much you eat and exercise - well your whole lifestyle. It's not even about how heavy or not you are, but how you feel and function day to day.<br><br>
I really believe there is not one way of eating that is right for everybody. I have studied and tried many ways of eating from typical american, vegan, raw foods, macrobiotics, etc. No one way worked for me so I took what worked from each one and designed my own whole foods diet that seems to keep me and my family feeling our best. It is not a constant thing - the diet changes to meet our needs as we change.<br><br>
Anyway - I would just tell your friend that you are happy for her and leave it at that. Don't let her bragging make you feel like you are not eating as well as her or that you have to do something different, unless you feel that you want to.
 

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Thanks gals!<br><br>
It's good to know that if my family really does eat and LIVE healthy tht doesn't mean weight gain!<br><br>
My friend mainly does things to prove a point or to have a cuase not really cause she feels strongly about something for reasons other than imfo she read...
 

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When my dh became a veg 5 yrs ago, we worked at an italian restaurant and he gained weight. He was eating so much pasta that he more than made up for the meats. He had first cut out red meat to attempt to lose some weight. A few months later he cut out poultry and fish. He didn't lose the weight until he joined the army lol. He still doesn't eat very healthy. Lots of carbs. Being vegetarian doesn't mean eating healthy.
 

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I agree with the other posters- eating healthy is what is healthy for you, and that varies.<br><br>
Personally, I never gained weight as a vegetarian. I guess it depends on what you are eating and your metabolism- and what exercise you get.
 

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overeating is overeating, whether she's a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore.
 

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I dated a vegan guy for a few weeks. He was gorgeous, ex-football, current rugby player, and oh so gorgeous at 6'2" and 225. I couldn't figure out how he maintained that weight on a vegan diet, he mainly ate off the salad bar. Then I figured out the secret. Beer. He was drinking 10-15 beers a night, on average. That was that for us, but at least my curiosity was satisfied! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> When I first stopped eating meat (I'm the only one in my immediate family) I didn't gain wait, but I did eat A LOT of cheese. I love cheese to start with (actually, I'm reasonably certain I could live off cheddar cheese and sourdough bread<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ) but cutting out the protein that I was previously getting from meat just made me want dairy more at first. My husband joked that I had become a dairy-tarian but I did manage to balance it out. She probably will too if she sticks with it.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">
 

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Funny, I was just mentioning this to my dad, about how my stepsister turned obese after going veg. It was because her version of "vegetarian" involved slathering everything with eggs and cheese. She didn't ever turn down a yodel, either. Yet, she'd insist her diet was healthier than ours because our reasonable diets contained meat. Go figure.
 
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