Are their people here following a no oil (added) whole food plant based diet such as Caldwell Esselstyn's or China Study diet?
I personally eat a WFPB diet without added oil 80% of the time... I'm still plant-based the other 20% of the time, but allow for some of my favourite indulgences like Nanaimo bars, ice cream, and burgers.
Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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Don't think 80% works. It sure is a step in the right direction though. I'm just starting (2 months in), but so far so good.
YES!!! I'm doing UWL. Recently had a class with Chef AJ...so inspiring! How are you doing....did you start July 14?
Sorry, I don't know what "UWL" means. I have been trying calorie restriction, less than 1000 per day, for a couple of months. So far, I've lost lots of weight, about 60 pounds. I was morbidly obese and am now only moderately so:/)
Congratulations! Are you practicing OMAT (one meal a day) or IF (intermittent fasting) to maintain your 1000 calories a day? UWL means ultimate weight loss and is a program encouraged by Chef AJ (she is the chef for most of the well known plant based doctors). Basically it just means you are eating veggies, fruits, whole grains incorporating starch (i.e,.potatoes/rice) for satiety. No oil, salt, or sugar is used. Wow...60 pounds. You are fierce and even though I haven't calorie restricted, sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and do what works for you. That is what brought me here. What and when are you eating daily? Hang in there!
Actually, I have recently gone down to less than 700 daily. Breakfast is 100 grams banana, Tbl ground flax seed, 20 grams All-bran cereal and 100-120 grams unsweetened Silk almond milk. Lunch is 100 grams microwave steamed fresh broccoli or cauliflower. Dinner is 300-350 grams of portobella mushrooms sauted with basalmic vinegar 0r a big salad of onion, tomato, cucumber, and iceberg lettuce with 1/2 cup Maple Grove sugar-free raspberry dressing. I am 74 very sedentary male but having very great success with foregoing. Tell me what you eat.
I've been vegan and plant based for many years. But because I have been a gourmet vegan(lots of nuts/seeds/avo - which are yummy, healthy but fattening), I'm chunky. So I'm now low fat plant based whole food.... lots of nutrient dense food, high in fiber, and lots of greens. Breakfast: 16oz broccoli (or any green veggie) steamed add a tbsp. of nutritional yeast. Lunch: large salad - romaine with various veggies (celery, tomato, carrot, onion) and I make my own dressing with 4% vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, coco aminos (or Bragg's oil free salad dressing). Dinner: varies but low fat, SOS (salt oil sugar) free. If you look at Chef AJ/John McDougall/High Carb Hannah on you tube you will see the kinds of meals I make for dinner. Today I'm making a vegan chili in the instant pot...enough for a few days. I love the simplicity of your lifestyle and I've found that is the best way for me to lose weight. I know you will continue to be successful with your plan!
I have frozen "black bean soup" from fatfreevegan blog bagged in the freezer from a couple of months ago. So good I don't dare thaw because it is too tempting. My treat now is single serving cauliflower thrown in microwave for 6.5 minutes several times each evening. Dailly total still under 700.
Just want to chime in as the dietitian...
Love all the healthy whole-foods you vegans are eating! If you are reducing your calories to a very low level, I would encourage you to supplement with a multivitamin as it can be very difficult to meet all nutrient needs at such a low calorie intake.
Thanks....I take an excellent multi, additional B and D. I always look to food/herbs as my medicine but will supplement depending on what is needed.
Susan, I have been using One-A-Day Men's +50 daily, however, they seem to have very high levels of some vitamins. After some research, I am thinking I might switch to Megafood Mens +. Are you familiar, and can you offer suggestion(s)?
Yes! I am WFPB no oil and no sugar.
What do your meals look like? I love being WFPB!
Mega Foods is a pretty good brand; I'd be happy with that one. I'm also a big fan of DEVA as it has a very complete profile and the amount of iron is good for women and athletes. Mega Foods for men doesn't have any iron which is fine, provided your levels are good.
Thanks for the info. I will compare the two.
less than 1,000 cals sounds too extreme to me. and i agree with the multi vitamin, being i can't meet my nutritional needs from food for less than 1,300-1,400 cals...
remember biological processes take time, like watching a plant grow in the dirt i wouldn't try and rush it so much...i'd wonder if this would explain why some people get lose skin and others don't, losing weight...
and it sounds like i eat like Susan, WFPB, but about once or twice a month i splurge and get a burger or steak....
I am an amateur. I've been using CRON-O-Meter for 9 years and still learning.....
actually there is research showing that quick weight loss is better at preserving the tone of your skin than slow "dieting"....check out Dr. Jason Fung, an entomologist in Canada. Old science = slow weight loss will result in less loose skin
watched one of his vid's on diabetes, Jason Fung is LCHF.
he's definitely not Esselstyn...
I just use cron-o-meter to make sure i get all my vitamin, minerals, amino acids and lipids (3's-6's)...seems like it easier to do eating rice, beans, sunflower seeds, and flax...
I don't want to be a party-pooper, but 700 calories, very little protein, to a sedentary 74 years old guy means very little dietary IGF-1 in a context of downtrending IGF-1 and that it's an invitation to sarcopenia or myiopenia, that is, loss of muscle tissue. You are probably loosing significant muscle tissue together with adipose tissue and that may be deleterious in old age. Please refer to the research from the eminent biogerontologist Valter Longo . I would check out this aspect attentively.
I don't follow Dr. Fung's keto diet as I eat HCLF (lots of greens and low glycemic fruit), but I do subscribe to his research on intermittent fasting/OMAT which leads to quick weight loss and healthy skin tone as well as autophagy,....very healthy and many people are no longer type 2 diabetics, I also think Valter Longo is another source of good information and have considered his expensive fasting program.
Dr. Longo's FMD is expensive if you purchase the Prolon package but you can easily do that yourself with fresh food. Cronometer is necessary, the rules are minimal like 100 kCal 1st day, 750 kCal from day 2 to 5, macros 45-45-10, vegan food only, vegetables, healthy fats(EVOO, olives, nuts), no fruits no sugar no or minimal cereals.
This is one of the applications where cronometer is a real game-changer.
In case anyone is interested, I wrote a post on intermittent fasting:
I’m WFPB and new to Cronometer. I’ve been using MFP for years. Hi everyone. This is going to take some getting used to.
I'm WFPB+ No Oil too and just started using Cronometer to keep an eye out of interest really to see how many calories I'm eating. Also a fan of Chef AJ. I'm suprised that with all the exercise I'm doing I stil can only eat 1000 calories a day to lose 1lb a week? Are my settings incorrect? I remember years ago losing weight eating 1000 cals a day and that was with zero exercise..!?!?
figuring that a normal weight sedentary female burns something like 1800 a day. i'd say that sounds low to me too.
remember that only time will tell what you actually are burning, these are just estimates. weigh yourself every morning before consuming anything, log it, log what you eat. and given a few months that will tell you what is right 'for you'...3500 cals a pound, some basic division...crony-o-meter(lol, spell check, i had too) tells me i burned 2096 cals...i know for a fact just sitting on the couch and anything less than 2820, i lose weight according to the 3500 cals a pound formula
and i can't 'stress' enough. get it? that the AVG is what matters, if you eat 4000 cals in one day but the monthly daily avg is 1000, the scale will drop just the same....
Can anyone help me check my settings? It's pretty unmotivating to see such a low total goal! I couldn't exercise this morning and after breakfast I have 654 cals left for the entire day which seems way too low.
post them i'm sure you'd get help from someone, we like helping friends here!
I'm guessing from the calculation that you are probably a smaller person? I don't think you should eat less than 1200-1300 kcal per day as doing so could have a negative impact on your metabolism, is likely very unsustainable, and won't leave you feeling energized for workouts. Keep in mind that the less you have to lose, the longer it will take.
Nope, I am 165cm tall and currently weight 73kg. Definitely not small!