Dr. McDougall has written several books about weight loss on a vegan diet. http://www.drmcdougall.com/
Don't starve yourself, eat every three or four hours. I like to include some fat and protein in each snack and meal.
Being a vegetarian can help, but I have found that I need to get exercise to
control my weight. Try to go for a walk every day.
And make sure to drink lots of water (8-12 glasses a day).
Here's a little article you might find interesting:
- Don't stress over it. Weigh yourself now to get a start weight, and then forget about the scale for a few months.
- Take your time. Healthy lifestyle changes are for life. You'll see results even if they take awhile.
- Make your healthy lifestyle changes :) For example, stir-fry vegetables in broth instead of oil. Bake tofu and french fries instead of deep-frying them. Switch to club soda or water or soymilk or real fruit juice instead of pop or sugary "fruit" juice. Drink lots of water! Eat breakfast. Eat healthy snacks. Eat lots of fruit. Switch to whole grains instead of white (so eat brown rice and brown bread instead of white). Go on a walk every day. These are lots of little things that don't feel like they take a lot of effort, and they'll pay off over the long run.
that's awsome that you're making a great change for yourself!
the first thing i would reccomend doing is doing a small cleanse. all sorts of nasty thing can accumulate in your body (specifically your colon - yuck i know) & can make it harder to lose weight. also, if your colons clean, it makes nutrients and all that other good tuff absorb better so you end up having to eat less & you'll still feel full and get way more out of the food you eat.
definately drink lots of water & when you can, put 1/2 a fresh squeezed lemon (organic if possible) in each cup (8oz) that you drink. the lemon is a great detoxifier that helps the kidneys and liver flush out all the accumulated bad stuff, abd it also makes the water sweeter (if you're one of those people who don't like the taste of water).
another great idea would be to pick up "becoming vegetarian" or "becoming vegan". either of them are great books that give you nutritional guidelines of what you should try to be eating a day. that way you can make sure you're eating as healthfully as possible and getting everything that your body needs.
word of warning: just because it's vegetarian/vegan doesn't necessarily mean it's good for you. try to avoid products that contain hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, and/or high fructose corn syrup. the hydrogenated oils can cause a plethora of health problems, one of which is making you gain weight. high fructose corn syrup is a filler that's put in most commercial juices, candys, granola bars(!), etc. that just adds sugar and calories and can cause your blood sugar to do all kinds of ups and downs, which (1) can make you more hungry and cause you to binge and (2) make your uncomfortable, nervous, depressed, etc. which doesn't help anything.
when i read this post, i dug through my magazines till i could find this little snippet. good luck! if you ever need moral support there's such a great bunch of people on here who are always really positive & love to help.
"women on a vegan diet that allowed them to eat as much as they wanted not only lost weight, they burned calories faster than their meat eating counterparts and improved their insulin sensitivity-a key to preventing diabetes and obesity. the vegan eaters were compared to a group that followed a low fat diet based on the National Choleserol Education Program guidelines. 'the vegan dieters enjoyed unlimited servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other healthful foods, which enabled them to lose weight without feeling hungry,' says lead researcher Neal Barnard, MD, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and VT contributing editor. The study was done at Georgetown University Hospital and was reported in the Sept. '05 issue of The American Journal of Medicine. Although the research focused on postmenopausal women, 'the results apply to everyone,' Barnard tells VT. 'People of both genders and all ages burn calories more efficiently and are able to maintain or reach a healthy weight when eating a diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans.'
taken from the Feb. 2006 Vegetarian Times