Raw Vegan weight gain - Help!!
Zuri413 posted a topic in Health & Nutrition ProgramsHello all! I've been an 801010 / RT4 vegan for over 110 days now. In my first 2 months - I dropped those last 5 lbs and then some! I felt so awesome and energetic, but this last month I stopped losing weight and started gaining it where I never had before - my abdomen. I always gained weight in my lower half, but it's like that has gotten smaller and I've put a pudge on my belly. It's incredibly aggravating. I don't know what's wrong! I'm back up to my starting weight since transitioning ( 120) - which means I've gained all my weight back that I lost ( I was down to 114). I've been experimenting with my intake trying to figure out what changed. I do know that in the beginning - i was eating LOTS of food - probably 2000 - 2500 cals a day, I still work out 6 days a week (P90X3, HIIT and Insanity routines) like before - if not more so. Anyway, I was eating A LOT of fruit and veggies and staying slim and happy and energetic - but the past 30 - 45 days the weight has crept on. I started to transition off a high hormone dose birth control and eating more dried fruits ( figs and dates). I've been off my BC now for about 2 weeks and last week I got rid of the dried fruits. I also decided to cut back on the sweet fruit intake - perhaps that's what it is? I don't know what to do - im getting really beaten down mentally - I'm going to cut my cals back to 1400 - 1600 a day for this week and possibly next to see what that does. ? My current BMR is 1350 cals. I'm almost battling my brain - this lifestyle was supposed to be about abundance - not restriction, which is where I came from as a meat eater. I could never go back to eating meat ( I've become more of a raw ethical vegan) but I don't know what to do. Should I increase my protein? fats? just stick it out? Ugh!! I've never read or heard of a raw vegan/RT4 gaining weight after losing?! Any and all help/advice would be a blessing!