The Fat Vegan

The Fat Vegan

chubby-man-holding-apple-burgerYou are probably thinking that there is no way that fat vegans exist, but they do.  How is this possible?

Usually when someone switches to a vegan diet, they transition by eating foods that replace the favorite foods they enjoyed eating that were animal-based.

If a person was an ice cream lover, all he or she has to do is buy vegan ice cream and they are good, right?   Yes and no.

The vegan ice cream still has sugar and fat in some form to make it taste like the ice cream that has dairy, sugar, and eggs.  It might be a healthier choice, but it does not make it any better than ice cream that has dairy.

Eating the transition foods is a good way to transition to a vegan diet, but it is not a good idea to continue on these foods.

Eventually one should get to a point in the transition where the diet consists of a high percentage of whole foods.

Eat More Whole Foods

Whole foods are foods that are whole and real with little to no processing.  Whole-foods are not fake and are high in nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber. These are the foods that help you lose the weight and become a healthier person.

If you are considering becoming a vegan (eating a plant-based diet), be mindful of what you put in your mouth.  Do not be fooled by the word, vegan being printed on the packaged food.  Read the ingredient label before you buy the food so that you best food choice.

Just because you are not eating animals, does not mean that your diet is healthy.  You have to make good healthy food choices, no matter what.

Some Vegan Foods That Make You Fat

The Fat Vegan is fat because of what he/she consumes.  Stop consuming food that makes you fat and watch the weight disappear.

Stop eating these highly processed foods:

  • Soy burgers
  • Soy hot dogs
  • Soy cheese
  • Non-dairy spreads
  • Vegan pizza
  • Vegan snacks
  • Soy ice cream
  • Mock Turkey
  • Mock sandwich meats

Limit the amount these foods that you eat:

  • Do not over indulge eating nuts, seeds and avocados.
  • Do not over do it on the oil.
  • Limit your sugar intake.

Final Words

Once you start eating more whole foods you will discover that you do not need the mock foods.  The whole foods will be more than enough for you.

Whipping up tasty dishes using whole foods will help you stay away from the mock foods.  Once you go whole foods, it’s hard to go back.

Eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, beans/legumes, whole-grains, seeds and nuts.  

Below is a video of Dr. John McDougall talking about The Fat Vegan.


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Evelyn Parham started this site in 2010. She enjoys writing, reading, and dabbling in photography and video editing. Learn more about her here.

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  1. Kris says:

    I like your article. I didn’t think that vegetarians could be fat too, I mean they eat healthy foods basically vegetables and fruits. Reading your article gave me the idea. Discipline is really needed right? Therefore it’s safe to say that eating right food (vegetable, fruits, meat and all) and its right amount with exercise is healthier than having a particular strict diet.

    • Hi Kris,

      Yeah, eating the right kinds of food is what helps with health and with weight loss. There are junk foods out here and they don’t discriminate. Junk is junk, no matter what.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hope says:

    Great information. I’ve run into people who become mis or under informed vegan. They think that it’s ok to eat ANYTHING as long as it’s not animal based. But all the processed foods can be just as unhealthy especially when over done.

  3. Erin says:

    I ran into the same problem – it’s almost as if you think that because you’re being so healthy not eating animal products that you can overindulge in the others. Balance is key and moderation for sure.

  4. Fahad Amir says:

    This is really a fat vegan when you have ate this burger. An impressive one for everyone.

  5. Appreciate the balanced comments, which are soooo true. Glad NOT to see vegan cheese on your list.

  6. Karielyn says:

    Evelyn…this is an excellent article and so very true.

    A couple of years ago while eating a “vegan” diet, I continued to gain weight. I couldn’t understand why because I was eating healthy.

    After tweaking my diet and eating more plant-based and raw foods, I now know why.

    Even though I was eating “vegan”, I was eating rice, pasta, pizza, bread, etc. All vegan foods, so it should be ok, right? No.

    I wasn’t eating animal products but I also wasn’t eating a high portion of fruits and vegetables. My diet primarily consisted of high-carb and starchy foods. I stayed in that transition phase far too long.

    Once I did a 180 and cut out wheat, high carb and starchy foods and added more veggies, wholefoods, and uncooked/unprocessed foods, the weight started coming back off.

    Not only are plant-based foods healthier for you, they can help you maintain the proper weight…at least that’s what’s working for me 🙂

    • Hi Karielyn,

      Thank you!

      I’m glad you stopped by and shared you experience.

      I so agree with you about plant-foods helping one maintain the proper weight. It works for me too. 🙂

      Take care,


  7. Aqiyl Henry says:

    Absolutley. I think the first vegan I personally knew was a fat vegan. He ate a lot of soy, starches, and ice cream, and junk food. Just because a person has a vegan or vegetarian diet doesn’t mean they are eating healthy. The foundation of a good vegan diet consists of eating wholefoods in the form of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes.

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