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I have been on my veg diet for about 6 months now and find it difficult to lose weight evn though I exercise often.
Can someone tell me if tofu that I eat is fattening and if eating just beans instead is better weight wise?
I prefer a veggie diet, but I sense I have lots to learn re losing weight.
Tofu isn't exactly low calorie. Some silken brands are "light," and would fit the bill.
Beans are low cal and zero fat. TVP (textured vegetable protein), which can be bought dry and rehydrated, is also really low calorie and zero fat. Just be sure to check the labels if you are buying processed veggie foods. A lot of them have cheese and fillers to make them taste better, so they are not necessarily healthy despite being meat free.
I wish you luck!
Duh. Forgot to add, if you haven't already seen it: Veganomicon has some excellent information on making veggie food lower fat.
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Thank you so very much for your guidance.
I'm a vegan now, but back when I originally quit meat, I was a teenager and didn't do it particularly carefully: I became an absolute cheese fiend and ended up gaining weight.
I'm a moderator on a noncommercial veg forum, VegPeople.com, which contains boards for newbies as well as veg*ns who are trying to lose weight. The support can be a huge help to folks who are just starting out. Sorry to plug away, but I thought it might help.
Before I transitioned from vegetarian to vegan I ate a lot of dairy and highly processed kinds of food (frozen meals, chips, fast food etc.) and did not lose any weight. After transitioning to vegan I made more of an effort to eat lots of fruits, veggies, beans and whole grains and have lost a lot of weight.
As to your question about tofu, I use it as part of a meal about once or twice of week and usually combine it with veggies.
Hope that helps.
You say you 'exercise often' but maybe you need to consider the type of exercise you are doing and the intensity to get the weight loss you desire.
Keep at it!
Much of it involves cutting down on bread and dairy products, but I'd definitely recommend going the diet club route, if your lifestyle and timetable allows. Just the idea of getting on the scales in front of an audience is enough to keep me on the straight and narrow a lot of the time!
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