Plant Based Diet
Plant Based Diet
By | January 10th, 2013 | Modified - January 4th, 2014

Weight Loss: Losing Weight Wasn’t My Goal – Becoming Healthy Was

Weight Loss With A Plant Based Diet
Weight Loss: Losing Weight Wasn’t My Goal

My rapid weight loss started as byproduct of me adopting a plant based diet to maximize my health. As a result of my plant based vegan journey, I realized that my excess weight, sickness, and lack of energy were due to my toxin laden fats.

My excess weight was also called by my intestines and organs being overwhelmed by toxins and waste caused by the abundance of processed foods, meat, and dairy I ate. My weight gain started after I stopped being active competing as an amateur boxer.

My Weight Gain Before My Current Weight Loss

My weight gain started after I stopped competing as an amateur boxer and stopped being active twenty years ago. I am 5’9″ and my weight went up from 147 lbs to 198 lbs within two years. I just chalked this weight gain up to the natural evolution of getting older and my body slowing down. I still felt physically strong, and I felt okay with my weight, but I didn’t feel okay with my lack of energy.

As time went on, I started to feel tired and sluggish all the time and I really didn’t like the feeling. I would often take naps during lunchtime at work because I had a hard time staying awake. After awhile, I started to think that maybe a reason why I had a lack of energy was because of the weight I gained, but I wasn’t sure.

I wasn’t sure exactly what was making me so sluggish. Was it because I was getting older? What is because I stopped boxing and working out as much as I once did? Was the foods I was eating the reason? I thought back and remembered that I felt better when I removed pork and then beef from my diet.

I did feel better when I stopped eating pork and beef, but I hadn’t started to eat it again and I still gained weight. So I wasn’t sure if the extra weight I gained was causing me to feel sluggish, but I did know cutting out pork and beef made me feel better. After thinking it over, I decided to try giving up poultry to see how that would make me feel.

My Weight Loss After Removing Poultry

When I gave up poultry I stopped feeling as sluggish as I did before. I gained more energy and guess what, I loss weight. At this time my weight loss wasn’t really wasn’t a concern of mine, and I was mostly concerned with just feeling more energetic. It just so happened that removing poultry from my diet did make me feel better, and it also resulted in weight loss.

Was there a connection here? I dropped down from 198lbs to 180lbs, while I just ate fish and a little dairy (as far as animal protein goes).

While I was eating this way I felt pretty good, or at least I thought I did. As people we are very adaptive, and when we are in a condition for a long time that is working but not optimal, we often accept that condition is being good.

I had chalked up my weight gain and feeling sluggish to getting older, and to working hard to survive. I now realize that this is all conditioning and it doesn’t have to be this way.

My Weight Loss: A Plant Based Diet

Along my journey, I started to study the principles of a plant based diet and it made sense to me. Eating a plant based diet was supposed to combat excess weight, sluggishness and illness, and I decided to give it a try to maximize my healthy living.

So I gave the diet a try because I wanted to fortify my health and remove my risk of developing cancer, heart disease, asthma, or some other chronic disease. My health and energy have benefitted such much from the change that a plant based diet is now my lifestyle.

My energy now is always very high, and I am always in an energetic mood. I can actually concentrate on what I ever want to do now, and by the way my new lifestyle resulted in weight loss. My weight loss resulted in my weight dropping to between 155-160 lbs and I am feeling great!

Obesity, lack of energy, and illness is so rampant because we have moved away from a nutrient dense diet that consists mostly of whole food plant based diet, to one now that consists mostly of processed meat and processed foods that are full of toxins. The latter is the root of illness.

My Weight Loss: Being Energetic

My concern with being energetic and maximizing my health led to my weight loss. I see no way that I could be at this energy level and level of health carrying the excess weight I got rid of.

I also feel that I am no different from most people, by accepting sluggishness, weight gain, and even illness as part of the evolution of growing older. We all need to realize that this is not true and that weight loss is possible as we get older, whether you are a man or a woman.

I adopted a plant based diet to feel youthful and energetic again, and I have succeeded. As I cleansed and strengthened my body, I have realized more clearly how our bodies are temples for God’s breath and spirit.

It is just way easier for me to be cheerful, considerate, understanding, patient, energetic, strong willed, upbeat, and focused when my body doesn’t act against these attributes and supports them.

I need my body to be in optimal working condition to be able to live these attributes in every moment of my life. My weight loss is not my identity. My weight loss assists me in achieving my purpose in life. To supply a clean temple for God’s breath, to let the positive attributes of God shine through in every moment. What is your reason for seeking weight loss?

I achieved my weight loss by following this nutritional guide and alkaline diet. I also achieved my weight loss by being very active and exercising through boxing, cycling, and power walking.

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About Author:

I obtained a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University. I eat a plant based diet and I am an avid researcher of the benefits of a whole food, plant based alkaline diet. I obtained a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and have studied social work. I am a web designer/developer and I enjoy boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging. Eating a plant based diet and exercising is a great way to achieve healthy living. ~ Natural Life Energy

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  • Mat says:

    Really interesting as I’m a lot into sports too (running + weight) and I’m considering going vegan for a month. Was worried about lack of energy, but seems it’s actually the other way around! Thanks for sharing.

    • Aqiyl says:

      Yes Mat it is definitely the other way around, but you must eat a balanced vegan diet with enough calories for you to reap the benefits. I find the easiest way to make sure you get the amount of nutrients your body needs is to make vegetables and fruit juices. You will get a lot more vegetables and fruits into your diet this way. And drink plenty of water.
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  • samsur says:

    Every people sometime find different ways to lose weight, and thanks for your sharing.. I done much things to lose weight especially belly fat but one thing that all work and I am success is drink 2 cups of hibiscus tea everyday and not only that it turns out that has many benefits hibiscus tea benefits especially for health

  • Pia Alexander-Harris says:

    Hi Aqiyl,

    You really have a great blog here! As you know my family eats healthy, my husband eats a 100% plant based and processed oil free diet. I have flip flopped on high carb vegan, low carb vegan, or self proclaimed pescatarian (fish only in addition to plant based foods). Without a doubt, the snack foods and juicing recipes that you suggested helped me lose 31 lbs. Thank you!!!

  • […] What is more important for weight loss – diet or exercise?I keep seeing articles that claim the majo…exercise? […]

    • Aqiyl says:

      Both are important. You can lose weight with a plant based diet without much exercise, but it will harder to lose weight while exercising and eating a bad diet. The diet is key, but exercise is very important for health also. Exercise is the icing on the cake. The body needs movement for optimal health, and that is what exercise provides. Diet and exercise can keep you at your optimal weight, but neither are going to do that alone.
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  • Evelyn says:

    Hi Aqiyl!

    Your weight loss journey is inspirational to anyone. You share how important a plant-based diet is and what it can do for our bodies.

    I especially like what you share about our body being a temple. What we put in our temples will definitely come out, in more ways than one.

    Another enjoyable read!

    Take care,

    Evelyn
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  • Urban Fit says:

    Gratz on your weight loss Aqiyl!

    I found that the most important part of my weight loss was volumetrics, or adding vegetables to my meals at any cost. Single guys especially have a bad habit of reverting to the “three sandwiches a day” lifestyle that just makes it harder to get in shape.
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  • kim says:

    Thanks for sharing your story, it is inspiring to hear how we all come to this place. When I went vegan I lost 30 lbs in just 3 months just by not eating the dairy I used to eat. I was lacto-ovo vegetarian for 26 years before that and LOVED ice cream and cheese just as most people do. The thing is I was not starving myself, I was actually eating more than I normally did and worried I would gain weight but it literally just fell off of me and it was wonderful.

    The energy increase was a major bonus as well but the weirdest one I experinced by going plant based was I lost the need for my glasses to see far away! AWESOME! Go PLANTS!
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    • Aqiyl says:

      Thanks Kim for sharing. Thanks for confirming that is not necessarily the amount of calories we eat that will make us gain weight, but it is the type of calories that will make us gain weight. Dairy, will make us gain weight.

      I am so glad you mentioned the glasses. I wear glasses also, or at least I am supposed to for seeing far distance. I have been thinking that my eyesight has gotten better. I haven’t gone to get my eyes checked yet to confirm that my eyesight is actually getting, but it seems like it is getting better. :)
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