Vegan, Slim and Fit:
These Tips Make It Happen!

Article Series: Healthy Weight Loss – Made Easy

Are you vegan but still carrying a few extra pounds? Then you’re in good company, because many people who live a 100% plant-based lifestyle suffer from obesity or carry around a little flab! Don’t get us wrong, we’re anything but proponents of model measurements. Quite the opposite! We think it’s better to carry a few extra feel-good pounds than to have an unhealthy BMI. But in some cases, too much is really too much… And in this case, so-called “slimming” is a good solution, even as a vegan.

Despite Or Because Of the Vegan Diet?

Many vegans will probably cry out in outrage, because why should you have weight problems if you live without animal fats? Unfortunately, reality shows that you are not automatically thin or will not become thin if you live a completely plant-based diet. Moreover, an unfavorable body fat distribution is often accompanied by muscle loss – triggered by protein deficiency – and other nutrient deficiencies. The result is not only excess pounds, but unfortunately often massive health problems that become apparent over time.

Our therapist and naturopath Nina Kohlmann deals with this issue on a daily basis and answers the following frequently asked questions:

Nina, many vegans just can’t lose weight. Do you have any tips as to why this might be the case?

Nina: Oh yes, unfortunately we know the problem only too well from people who live vegan or vegetarian. And the exciting thing is that it happens again and again: There is a common denominator, which in most cases is also responsible for the failure.

Quite simply, people consume far too many carbohydrates, often with a snack in between. In many cases, a typical veggie day looks like this:

In the morning a sweet breakfast or a ready-made cereal with oat milk, at noon a vegan bowl with rice, in the afternoon a piece of cake or fruit, in between a latte or two and in the evening pasta & Co.

At first glance, this may seem healthy, but at second glance, it is simply too much for our pancreas and the associated insulin production. The constant “firing up” of high amounts of carbohydrates means that the body is constantly busy producing insulin, keeping blood sugar levels running at full speed. As a result, the body is constantly trying to get rid of the added glucose and has no chance to burn its stored fat cells. A dilemma, because unfortunately, the constant consumption of carbohydrates in turn leads to a feeling of hunger… Fortunately, there is a simple way out of this vicious circle (even for non-vegans/vegetarians):

The Ketogenic Diet combined with sufficient exercise and intermittent fasting!

Okaaayyy… but ketogenic and vegan – so that’s a complete contradiction. Or isn’t it?

Nina: Now I have to smile a little bit, because this question is almost a classic! No wonder, because the classic ketogenic diet is always associated with high meat and fish consumption. Granted, meat and fish are often the main source of animal protein in the classic ketogenic diet. But ketogenic also means eating high-quality, good fats and lots of healthy, low-starch vegetables and fruits in moderation. So it’s actually perfect for vegans and vegetarians.

The only problem is that replacing animal protein with plant protein is not a 1:1 replacement. Vegetable proteins, such as soy, provide far too much nitrogenous waste, depriving our bodies of the ability to preferentially use fatty acids and ketone bodies for combustion. This is counterproductive to the desired effect – in fact, it has the opposite effect!

At this point, however, there is a super-simple solution: Vegan amino acids like those contained in our MyAMINO®. There, 99% of the amino acids can be utilized by the body with only 0.4 kcl per piece and 1% nitrogen waste. I know that for many this is dry matter and not tangible, so perhaps a brief example: As a 24 to 39 year old woman with an office job, little physical exertion and the desire to lose weight, I would actually have to eat 2.3 kg of tofu to achieve the same protein utilization capacity as 20 pieces of MyAMINO®. Not to mention the calories and the fact that you can’t lose weight with such immense amounts of tofu.

But of course, the rest of the diet and exercise must be coordinated, and this also applies to non-vegans! The great thing about protein and MyAMINO® is that you don’t feel hungry, you feel full and most importantly, you get all the nutrients you need. Because health always comes first. Which, by the way, I can promise you: With a strict hyperketogenic diet plan, the desired ketogenic metabolism will be achieved much faster and better!

Are you sure? Will this really help you lose weight? Why, and more importantly, how long will it take for my pounds to melt away?

Nina (laughing): It works – definitely! Above all, it helps to increase the desired fat burning. This is a fact that many other diets completely miss, because often you only lose water and valuable muscle mass. Above all, this approach takes into account the issue of supporting detoxification – which, by the way, is extremely important because toxins can be stored in fatty tissue. The almost non-existent nitrogen loss of MyAMINO® leads to a high degree of organ relief, e.g. in our liver – one of our central metabolic organs!

If the liver is relieved, it can devote itself to other things, such as toxins, which are usually stored in the fatty tissue and can be automatically mobilized during weight loss. In other words: When you lose weight, the “toxins” stored in the body are automatically released. This is often the case when you suddenly get cranky or complain of headaches. But don’t worry, this will pass quickly, and with the mixture described above you can lose weight efficiently, gently, and vegan.

All clear or maybe not …
When you get stuck, where do you find support, Nina?

Nina: I know, that’s a lot of input! And maybe one or the other point is still unclear. But don’t worry, we don’t leave those who want to lose weight alone – no matter if they are vegan or not – who want to eat a ketogenic diet in combination with MyAMINO®.

Our team of naturopaths will be happy to answer any questions you may have! Just send us an email, call us or use our chat and we will be happy to help you.

10 Vegan Power Keto Tips

  1. Take meal breaks:
    As a general rule, take at least 4.5 hours between main meals, even without snacks.
  2. Intermittent fasting:
    Intermittent fasting, i.e. a meal break of at least 12 hours – preferably 16 hours – is best practiced with a night’s rest included. This allows your body to rest and draw energy from your fat cells.
  3. Low-starch vegetables:
    It’s best to eat vegetables with a low glycemic load. You can find a table on our website here for reference.
  4. Reduce carbohydrates:
    If you want to lose weight ketogenically, there is simply no way around it: A maximum of 50 grams of carbohydrates should be consumed during the reduction phase. We know: It’s hard, especially as a vegan or vegetarian, but it’s worth it. We promise!
  5. MyAMINO® as a protein substitute:
    As a vegan:in you urgently need a high-quality source of protein. Depending on your physical activity, age and gender, you should consume between 10 and 20 pellets. We can advise you on your exact requirements.
  6. Plenty of good water:
    Make sure you drink plenty of good, pure water every day. This will not only help you feel less hungry, it is also very important for your cells and of course it will help you lose weight… but what can we say? Water is life and essential!
  7. High quality fats:
    Eat fat and lose weight? This may sound contradictory, but it is important in the context of the ketogenic diet. Because your engine gets its energy from ketone bodies, which in turn get their energy from burning fat. Caution: The type of fat is very important. Find out more here.
  8. Get off the couch:
    You don’t have to become the next Jane Fonda, but exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle and weight loss. Not only to burn calories, but also to tone your body – MyAMINO® helps you to transform flabby tissue into a beautiful, toned silhouette!
  9. Adequate sleep:
    Good and sufficient sleep is of course immensely important, but did you know that too little sleep is often associated with weight gain? So hit the hay and get some rest!
  10. Laugh a lot and be positive:
    Yes, this really helps – in all situations, of course. Especially if you’re struggling to lose weight. It’s normal and happens to everyone who wants to lose weight. So don’t give up – we can do it 🙂

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