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How to Gain Weight On A Vegetarian Diet

vegetarian diet Vegetarianism does not have one definition with as many as five different types of eating habits which qualify as being a vegetarian. For most vegetarians, their diet is primarily made up of vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, fish, and dairy products. Some vegetarians will also consume eggs or even poultry. Vegan is the strictest form of vegetarianism, their diet not only excludes all meat products but dairy products are also restricted, so basically no animal products are consumed. Due to the more limited food choices vegetarians have, it means they are required to get more creative with food to ensure their diets include enough nutrients and calories to fuel muscle growth and stay healthy.

What you eat isn’t the only factor vegetarians can look at when it comes to gaining weight. Your metabolism ensures that the calories you consume are burned and that the nutrients are processed by your body. Having a high metabolism can affect your ability to gain weight. One consideration would be to trick the body into slowing down your metabolism so that you are not burning as many calories. This is particularly useful for people with a fast metabolism to begin with. The trick is to eat a heavy meal late in the day. Consuming a high calorie meal late at night will help make sure that your body won’t be able to burn the calories off so quickly.

Protein is an important part of any weight gain diet. This is no exception for a vegetarian wanting to gain weight. Vegetarians need to make sure they get enough protein by consuming legumes, nuts and seeds in combination with whole grain breads and cereals, as well as soy products. Getting enough protein is such a critical component in repairing and building lean muscle.

Nuts such as almonds are the most healthful. They have the most mono-saturated fat and the least saturated fat. An ounce or so can be a good source of protein and healthy fats. Fresh roasted almonds can be a great substitute for bacon. If you roast or bake an ounce or so to the point where they are quite brown, but not burned, in an oven of about 375 degrees or a bit more – and serve hot, they taste crispy and slightly smoky – just like perfectly done bacon; but almonds don’t have the saturated animal fats and preservatives that bacon has; and the almonds don’t taste greasy or make a greasy mess!

Legumes like lentils and black eyed peas are the best. They tend to produce the least gas, have the lowest glycemic index and have the most soluble fiber. Both can be use for soups and stews; and, lentils can be used to make a great vegetarian chili. Any of these dishes can be made nonfat or with just a bit of olive oil when appropriate. They can be a good cold weather addition to breakfast.

Some people consider themselves semi-vegetarians and eat fish. Fish can be good one to three times a week. Salmon has by far the most healthful oil and is quite satisfying. Halibut is one of the lowest fat fishes and is also good. Tuna is good. And, if you know and like other kinds by all means try them occasionally.

It would be a good idea buying a well written raw diet cook book which provides information on tasty foods and cooking methods to help you in your quest for size. One such book I would recommend is The Raw Gourmet by Nomi Shannon, which provides good nutrition information on the raw food diet for the natural bodybuilder. It teaches you about what foods to eat, protein and carb content, tips in combining raw food dishes, facts to support raw food benefits, and how the body functions in conjunction with switching to this type of diet.

There is also a newly released product put together by master chef Michael DeSanti and well known trainer Jason Ferruggia who went vegan a few years ago and has thrived on the diet. The book is called the Plant Based Recipe Guide and it contains 134 recipe ideas for vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike, offering exciting new ways to prepare their meals and teaching them how to build muscle and burn fat eating strictly plant based foods. Nearly 100% of these plant based recipes are free of any animal products; although there are a few meals with eggs, but no dairy.


The weight lifting principles for gaining significant weight and muscle are no different for a vegetarian, so I won’t touch this topic in this post. I would advise you to check out the training articles elsewhere on this site for information regarding the training aspect of weight gain.

by David on February 11, 2009 · 46 comments

Filed under Diet & Nutrition,Muscle Building

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Build Muscle Mass 101 February 13, 2009 at 1:58 am

I think this is a great way to build muscle mass. You can get a lot of protein in fish and vegetables. I think you will start seeing more people trying to gain mass this way because it’s healthier and easier on your liver.

JayBlur27 February 16, 2009 at 11:33 am

Its such a great article…giving me information on vegies that I eat can help me gain weight. Now i’ll eat more vegetables than meat, meaning gaining weight through vegetables is healthier rather than cholesterol weight gain through meats.

Daisy-Mae February 20, 2009 at 5:27 am

:o) sorry to bang on about it but I really do find this website helpful!! It’s really made me sit up and take notice of my nutrition intake – I didn’t reallise how important B12 was for example, and I’d been veggie for 14 years!! When I turned vegan last year I did a bit of research and was really glad of this resource.

Here is the ‘nutrition in a nutshell’ guide. Down the bottom of the page is a chart with loads of ways to make sure your body gets everything it needs to gain weight healthily.
http://www.vegetarian.org.uk/guides/nutritioninanutshell.htm

xXx

Julie February 20, 2009 at 6:03 pm

“Eggs, dairy products, and meat are all excluded from a vegetarian’s diet” — since when has vegetarianism meant no diary products? Also, not every vegetarian excludes eggs. Otherwise, this is a pretty good article. Just get the facts straight!

David February 24, 2009 at 7:07 am

Hi Julie,

Thanks for pointing out that factual error in the article. I have updated the blog post to reflect this.

Cheers,
David

Jay February 26, 2009 at 11:55 am

I’m an engineering student can you help me on suggesting a vegetarian diet that would help me gain weight as soon as possible my weight is 45kgs please reply soon

Julie March 1, 2009 at 4:07 am

Hi David,

Thanks for fixing that up. I’m sorry for being a bit snappy there…

Take care,
Julie

P.S. Jay, I strongly suggest to take three good meals (breakfast is the most important) which consist of things like pasta, rice, potatoes (mashed or not), lentils, eggs (if you include them in your diet), vegetarian steaks, etc. Think quality AND quantity. Exercise well and good luck!

Daisy-Mae March 2, 2009 at 5:33 am

Hi Jay

As a rule of thumb for veggie athletes – particularly good sources of protein in vegetarian diets include soya products (like tofu (soya bean curd), veggie burgers and soya milk), beans, lentils, nuts, seeds and cereals (eg wholegrain bread, pasta and rice). Although athletes need some extra protein this is normally covered by the increased food intake, not by increasing protein foods specifically. By eating more calories – mainly carbohydrates – and keeping dietary protein near 15% of your total energy intake any extra protein needed will be supplied by this increase in amount of food eaten. I guess the main thing is to use your muscles – I think this is the most important thing to build them bigger and stronger?

:o)

Aletha December 8, 2009 at 11:42 am

Wow, thank you! I have been veg for 5 years due to health issues but now feel that my weight is too low. I want to put on about 10 pounds and get back into weight training again. This assures me I am on the right track.

Also, I really appreciate the non-judgmental tone of the article. Thanks for this info!!

balwinder singh February 2, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Hi David, I’m 24 years old 5’9″ male my weight is 75 kg. I go to gym and like to heavy workout. I am pure vegetarian but i am not satisfied with my weight. I want to gain about 10 kg more weight. Please reply me and give me tips to gain weight.

Jessamine February 8, 2010 at 9:59 am

Vegetarians do not eat fish or poultry. Such people may call themselves by this label but vegetarianism by definition precludes the consumption of animal flesh. A person who eats fish and birds but no other animals is an omnivore, albeit a more selective one.

Gashman May 8, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Useful article, David, especially with the inclusion of almonds in one’s diet; walnuts, pistachios, quinoa and soy milk are other good options for weight gain in vegetarian/mostly-vegetarian diets. Maca powder is a more exotic, yet reliable source of a cascade of vitamins and minerals.

For the author and those reading, I trust you’ve all heard of the protein myth? I was suspicious of this many years ago based on the fact that our digestive tract has to exert energy to break the various protein bonds into their base components, e.g. amino acids. What the body really wants are the amino acids derived from protein, which are distributed to various locales in the organism where they are assembled into needed proteins. Fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds, nuts and quinoa are full of amino acids, with protein present as well.

If you’re looking to gain weight, then you want to avoid using excessive energy that isn’t getting replaced by your diet. Instead of focusing on protein consumption, which involves its subsequent breakdown, set your focus on consuming a wider variety of amino acids, especially the 9-10 essentials. It’s quite simple really: Know the amount of calories your body consumes on an average day, then make sure to consume more calories than required, and you’ll gain weight. It’s simple arithmetic, not calculus.

Best of luck!

M Cool June 30, 2010 at 5:54 am

well i am pure veg i don’t eat egg or fish etc so how can i put on weight with just dairy products?

Jack August 17, 2010 at 5:44 am

I’m a vegetarian. What are the most effective food types for gaining weight?

explody September 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm

“For most vegetarians, their diet is primarily made up of vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, fish, and dairy products. Some vegetarians will also consume eggs or even poultry.”

Vegetarianism is a *plant-based* diet that may or may not include animal products such as eggs or dairy, but absolutely does not include meat of any kind (yes, fish is meat). This is the base characteristic that differentiates vegetarianism from any omnivorous diet.

Ben September 29, 2010 at 4:47 am

Hi there!!
Thanks very very much for the article, it was a big help for me ;) I’ve recently become a veggie and lost about 5 kilos (I’m 5’8” and only 121.7pounds!!) so I’ve really got to start minding myself a LOT better. I read your review of vince delmonte’s programme and am just wondering is there anything of use to vegetarians included there in or are his dieting tips meat-centered? I’m a keen martial artist and train very hard for several hours daily, I don’t want to look like a model, but I do need to be strong. A martial artists’ physique rarely/never looks like Vince DelMonte’s, excessive muscle bulk supposedly slows one down, yet is strong nonetheless. Any help would be really HUGELY apprecciated. $77 is lot of money for me, I want to be sure it’s no going to be wasted.
Thanks for the great articles once again! :)
Ben. Ireland.

sonia October 31, 2010 at 3:28 am

i am 28 and have been a semivegetarian for 9 years. everyday i eat a lot of fish, including salmon, cod, halibut, and canned tuna. i also eat eggs which i find satisfying mixed with the loads of vegetable i eat at every sitting. i love veges n’ fruit, but the only problem is how much i eat and the constipation vegetables give me (from excess fiber). i can eat pounds on top of pounds of veges and fruit. i always get my carbs from my cereals, oatmeal, and balance bars and yes, always i top it off with ice cream and chocolate.

Dominique April 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Personally, I find this article to be very UNhelpful… For starters: the simplified definition of vegetarian means “one whose diet consists of primarily or *wholly* vegetables, grains and plant products and who eats no meat.” – American Heritage Dictionary. Julie (and a lot of others posting here), by this definition (and several other “modified” versions ), you are *not* a vegetarian. Dairy is produced by cows for the consumption of calves… it’s disturbing that people crave the liquid like helpless infants. Eggs are the “byproduct” of human intervention for the developmental process of baby chickens. Yes, eggs are DEAD baby chickens. And FISH, really?! All day long, fish is meat, meat, meat… and CLEARLY an animal! So, how on Earth could consuming dead baby chickens, fish meat and cow’s milk (produced for baby calves) be a part of a “vegetarian” diet, which should be consisting of veggies, grains and plant “products??” Ah! There’s the light! It DOESN’T. That type of consumptive behavior is fit for a meat-eater, and those who partake and think that they are still vegetarians, please wake up! You are – at best – a Liquid Meat-Eater.

The suggestion of encouraging veggies to eat nuts and beans should be done with caution or a warning: most nuts and beans are VERY hard to digest correctly without proper soaking (usually at least 12 hours), and will in turn promote gas and digestive issues. As far as I’m concerned, David has a long way to go before advising any vegetarians or vegans on eating habits…

David May 1, 2011 at 1:27 am

Hi Dominique,

There are many types of vegetarians. This article didn’t focus on any one particular type of vegetarian. Instead of bashing the article, it would be helpful if you offered some tips yourself. Debating whether vegetarians really should consume eggs, fish, or dairy products is not going to help vegetarians gain weight.

David

Debra Carmichael May 8, 2011 at 10:44 am

I am naturally a very small person 5 feet one 1 inch with a weight of 101 after becoming a vegetarian. My weight was 105. When I use to work out about ten years ago, I weighed 107 and was in great shape, I just kept eating the power bars sold at World Gym. At $20.00 a box it became too expensive. Being small, I’d rather be 105 to have more of a woman figure. I appreciate all of the information about the types of food to eat but I am also a diabetic with gas in my stomach at all times because of being a diabetic I am unable to put too much food in my stomach. I feel really bad if I try to eat more than a normal meal for me. I can try to eat a little more at bedtime and make sure I drink soy milk with my cereal in the morning. Thanks

Evan June 6, 2011 at 12:15 am

Actually Dominique, by definition- vegetarian does include people who eat eggs and consume dairy products. That’s a very basic widespread well-known definition of a vegetarian, whether a vegan person agrees with it or not.

But David, one thing that Dominique and others pointed out- Fish is NOT apart of a vegetarian diet. You should take that out of the article. if someone is consuming fish, he or she is a MEATEATER. FISH IS MEAT. FISH ARE ANIMALS. PEOPLE WHO EAT FISH ARE OMNIVORES. THEY ARE NOT VEGETARIANS AT ALL WHATSOEVER. Yes there are different types of vegetarians, but fish-eaters ARE NOT one of them. Just thought I’d clear that up.

Dominique June 6, 2011 at 12:50 am

Evan, *your* definition of a vegetarian is not *the* defintion of a vegetarian. I gave you the definition of a vegetarian STRAIGHT from a dictionary (American Heritage, to be exact), despite the fact that I know dictionary defintions are not always 100% on point or correct. Eggs and dairy products come from animals. Eggs are DEAD CHICKENS. Chickens are MEAT. It’s LIQUID MEAT no matter how you look at it, whether you’re a meat-eater, a vegetarian or a vegan. It’s still coming from an animal!

Over the years many people have tweaked the definition (and thus separated non-meaters into mutliple groups, based on certain dependents) to make themselves feel better about their diet, but it’s still tried and true that REAL vegetarians do not consume meat (products).

As for my own personal advice, I do not have a whole lot, thus the reason I stumbled on this site *in search* of effective ways to incorporate weight gaining foods into a vegan/vegetarian diet. I certainly have never found anything that could be afforded by the typical budgeted grocer. If money is of no object – which is rare for a lot of folks these days – the options are close to endless (vegan weight gain mixes – usually run around $50 for 32 ounces or less, vegan weight gain bars, hemp, etc.). For those on a budget, like myself, I really just don’t know unless you resort back to eating liquid meats and solid meats, making you no longer vegetarian. Still looking for some conscious advice…

David June 6, 2011 at 1:03 am

@Dominique

I stumbled on this vegan diet article which you may find useful. Most notably it discusses what nutrients you may be lacking on a vegan diet (I’m starting some more controversy :P) but it also mentions how to include more protein in your diet which is of particular interest for vegetarians trying to gain muscle mass. The author recommends eating tempeh over tofu, however, I’m unsure how expensive it is.

Hope this helps a bit.

sanya June 6, 2011 at 5:19 am

I am 20 years old and now i have starded looking really thin and weak. People call me mal-nutreted…i am eggetarian. i want to join a gym to gain weight but i aslo need good diet as my face also started looking really Dull and Pale…i am too confuse right now… Please help!!!!!

Anjali June 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Hi! i am anjali… my mom is 38 yrs old… n she is so thin… she wants to gain her fat…. she is pure vege…. so can someone please give some advice… really need help………

Jordan June 13, 2011 at 10:21 am

Unfertilized chicken eggs are not dead chickens any more than a woman’s menstruations are dead babies. It’s nothing but a lump of useless genetic code without a male fertilizing it. There are a whole bunch of arguments you could make against the consumption of eggs (like the fact that once chickens stop producing eggs they are killed off and that male chicks are disposed of because they don’t produce eggs) but saying that eggs are dead chickens is just flat out wrong.

sunshine June 15, 2011 at 8:58 am

my wrists are really skinny i want to build muscle mass near my wrists ..is that possible? pls do reply

Holly Smith June 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Buckwheat is a very good source of protein. Healthier.
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=11

sunshine June 21, 2011 at 5:32 am

hey hollysmith………my wrists are really skinny i want to build muscle mass near my wrists ..is that possible? pls do reply

Holly Smith June 21, 2011 at 8:24 am

Hey, sunshine. :) I too am underweight like that because I was born sickly and have been sickly all my life due to lack of understanding of proper nutrition by my parents. It wasn’t until I met a lady in 2003 who is also is sick with certain diseases that had done her own research on her symptoms and diagnosed her own disease before the doctors here confirmed she was right. She had also introduced me to Seventh-day Adventist which in turn introduced to the health messages of Ellen G. White. Both subtly influenced me to eat healthier. It wasn’t until a year or two ago when I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and did research on it that I finally made a real effort to change my eating habits. What I found about the disease alarmed me.

To make a long story short, I have been doing research on the health benefits of spices, vegetables, fruits, and grains. To conclusion I came up with is that I have a fast metabolism which makes it hard to gain and keep weight on. People that are overweight, should not eat heavy foods/meal in the afternoons/evenings because the body slows down its digestive processes when asleep. So those of us underweight, should eat our heavy foods/meals then and ones that have a slower metabolism, should eat their heavy foods/meals in the mornings/noons. No later than 3pm.

I encourage each to do their own research on what I said. One thing that I do strongly encourage everyone to look into is getting probiotic/daily digestive enzyme products to help the body to break down the foods enough for the body to digest and absorb the needed nutrients. This is very important. We have consumed too much processed food with chemicals which were never meant to enter the body. To purge the body of them, find some healthy natural things such as organic herbal teas(with no caffeine) to detox the body. DailyDetox teas. This is what I have been doing. I will list what I am using but remember, it took a long time to get sick like we are, so it will take a while to reverse the damages done to the body. There are no “quick fixes.” Such things actually put the body in shock, so choose wisely what u do.

Do your own research on these:

SPICES
Stevia Plus (healthier than any sugar or honey)
Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
Organic Italian Seasoning (which lists each spice ingredient)
Curry Powder
Cinnamon
Essential oils such as peppermint

Garlic (I love garlic)

Cold pressed olive oil (not processed like others)

EveryDay Detox tea by Traditional Medicinals

Organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (in small doses, healthier than white distilled vinegar)

Carob (a better alternative to chocolate)

Even do research on the nutrition benefits of fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts for each case.

Here is a website I found that might help.
http://www.rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm

I apologize for this being so long. Again, I urge each to do their own research on this and adapt to your own needs. Many are gluten intolerant so we go gluten free.

Sincerely, Holly

sunshine June 23, 2011 at 2:39 am

@ holly
thanks a ton i MUST say!..

i have split my meals into 4 courses..

i heard that eaten too much food together ..wont help me grow fat .. so i have split up my eating timings …is it right ??

i want to gain a lot of weight(its seriously urgent ) so i consume lot of soy product those soy drinks..and eat a lot of carbohydrates……. what is i9t more that i can do to put on weight fast ???

Holly Smith June 23, 2011 at 8:21 am

Stay away from soy products. Most soy, if not all, is GMO, which is very bad. Also just read yesterday somewhere that soy is very hard on the system. I cut out all soy products because of all the negative controversy over it. Better to stay with known safe foods. As for meals, it takes an average of 5 hours for just a healthy digestive system to digest a full meal. So consider eating your biggest, heaviest meal around 3pm to 5pm. Depends on when u go to bed. An undigested meal that sits on the stomach too long tends to rot and that is where a lot of problems start. In the digestive tract. Here a couple of websites to check out and determine which is best for u.

http://www.rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm
http://www.acidalkalinediet.com/food-combining-chart?sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4dea3672b20b4109%2C0
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=dailytip&dbid=122
http://www.all-about-potatoes.com/types-of-potatoes.html

Do an online search of “best foods to help gain weight” on your own is my biggest advice.

:) Shalom, friends. A healthy gut is a happy body.

sunshine June 24, 2011 at 3:37 am

hmmm..
well i read that soy is gud 2 gain weight and also gud 4 d body.. what controversy are u talking about ??

Holly Smith June 24, 2011 at 7:39 am

Most soy and corn is GMO, a genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These techniques, generally known as recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified or novel genes. Transgenic organisms, a subset of GMOs, are organisms which have inserted DNA that originated in a different species.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GMO

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/are-biotech-foods-safe-to-eat

GMOs Causing Mass Crop Die Offs, Infertility, and Miscarriages
The USDA and Secretary of State, Tom Vilsack, ignore warnings and evidence of in-process disaster to crops and animals. What about the implications to human life?
http://www.gaia-health.com/articles451/000455-gmo-crop-dieoffs-infertility-miscarriages.shtml

Holly Smith June 25, 2011 at 11:10 am

PEOPLE NEED TO SEE THIS! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO SEE THIS AND PASS IT ON!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3_cYZKksvI&feature=share

Shri September 22, 2011 at 11:54 am

@Dominique -
I stumbled upon this website and was not really intending to comment but your posts/comments (partially researched, at best) compel me to reply back.
You appear to have taken the definition from 1, I repeat ONE dictionary and take that to be gospel. It took all of 5-10 minutes in my busy day to look up 2 other dictionaries.

Here’s a second one for you, from the Encyclopedia Brittanica (read the part below “with or without”)
“vegetarianism, the theory or practice of living solely upon vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts—with or without the addition of milk products and eggs—generally for ethical, ascetic, environmental, or nutritional reasons. All forms of flesh (meat, fowl, and seafood) are excluded from all vegetarian diets, but many vegetarians use milk and milk products; those in the West usually eat eggs also, but most vegetarians in India exclude them, as did those in the Mediterranean lands in Classical times. Vegetarians who exclude animal products altogether (and likewise avoid animal-derived products such as leather, silk, and wool) are known as vegans.”

And a third one (dictionary.com)… (read the part “in some cases”)
vegetarian [vej-i-tair-ee-uhn] ?
noun
1.
a person who does not eat or does not believe in eating meat, fish, fowl, or, in some cases, any food derived from animals, as eggs or cheese, but subsists on vegetables, fruits, nuts, grain, etc.

It sounds silly to hear someone proclaim ONE single definition as *the* definition, of what is an exclusion-based diet, (as opposed to an Omnivore which includes anything and everything and therefore easier to define), that too based on 1 source (American Heritage), and the 1 source that is based in America, where less than 1% described themselves as vegetarian the year it was first published.

“Over the years many people have tweaked the definition (and thus separated non-meaters into mutliple groups, based on certain dependents) to make themselves feel better about their diet, but it’s still tried and true that REAL vegetarians do not consume meat (products).”

Once again, I am not sure what makes you the authority to proclaim a person/(s) REAL vegetarian/(s) as opposed to fake. Almost every person on the face of the earth with free will and choice, chooses a diet that makes himself/herself feel good about their diet, nothing new here. (including meat-eaters who make use the reasons of protein/health/whatever).

Long story short, life is too short to be constrained to absolutes… at least when it comes to diets.

I do agree about fish/seafood though – sources I have found exclude it from a vegetarian diet.

-S

Rebecca December 13, 2011 at 11:45 am

Just had to comment on this..

To an extent Dominique is right. To say in the article ‘For most vegetarians, their diet is primarily made up of vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, fish, and dairy products. Some vegetarians will also consume eggs or even poultry. ‘ Is slightly absurd.

Vegetarians do not eat poultry or fish. At all.

If you eat fish but no meat you are a pescetarian.

If you eat the occasional bit of chicken. Well you are an omnivore.

You then have lacto-veggies who consume dairy but no eggs.
Ovo-veggies who consume eggs but no dairy (or which I am aiming for, currently getting rid of dairy out of my diet).

And Vegan who don’t eat ANY animal products, meat, dairy, egg, honey. They don’t use animal products in their toilitries/make-up anything.

Regarding putting on weight as a Veggie. This is something I am personally struggling with. Not eating cheese/milk and meat is making it incredibly difficult. But if you uptake your calories which I am now going to try and do! It should work!

Seriously January 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Soy is VERY bad for you, it does multiple horrible things to our bodies (including breast cancer and brain damage)… unless it is fermented like in bragg.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/09/18/soy-can-damage-your-health.aspx

wajeeha January 31, 2012 at 9:33 am

hi ….wanna ask u tht my weight is 40 and wanna gain it plz help me out dun wanna eat cheese

ramya March 19, 2012 at 10:18 am

hi i have to put on weight in 1 month so please suggest me with vegetarian food.

Joshua June 29, 2012 at 12:20 am

Hi,

I’ve been a vegetarian for almost four months now and I’m struggling to keep my weight up. I run twice a week (5miles each time), play soccer once a week, and lift weights a bit. I’m trying to gain about 15-20 pounds. I take two hemp protein shakes a day, have an egg white omelette in the morning, and snack on peanut butter-banana whole wheat sandwiches. I have fish, lentils and beans twice a week. I can’t gain any considerable weight. What’s wrong? I don’t do dairy products or processed foods. Oh, yeah, I have a pretty fast metabolism.

Raj July 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Being vegetarian does not include fish. If you’re vegetarian, you don’t eat any kind of animal flesh which obviously includes fish. If you eat fish but no other meat, then you would be a pescatarian.

Graz August 9, 2012 at 8:56 pm

truth is if you wish to get real nit picky, a vegan is the only true vegetarian. eating eggs and dairy products and honey are all animal based products which are not earth grown.

i eat these food but still call myself a vegetarian only because its nicer to say this as i dont agree with killing animals for food. just my opinion.

but for a person who eats fish and poultry to call themselves a vegetarian is a absolute arse. fish in a diet means you are 100% not a vegetarian, animal products debatable but if you eat flesh off any thing that has a central nervous system, your a carnivore im sorry to say

deepanshu April 27, 2013 at 5:44 am

I am 16 years old and 100% veg .My hight is about 6 ft .and i play basket ball daily for 2hr .
I need the tips to gain my weight about 15kg

quailrancher May 1, 2013 at 8:30 am

There seems to be some confusion about vegans. A vegan is a total vegetarian for reasons of compassion, as opposed to being a total vegetarian for health or religious reasons. Not all total vegetarians are vegan.

From a vegan perspective, it’s illogical to avoid meat and consume milk and milk products, for the dairy industry results in the slaughter of countless numbers of male cows. The same applies to the use of leather, as it’s a byproduct of the animal slaughter process.

Agatha May 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm

I notice that Debra Carmichael mentioned back in 2011 that she is always full of gas. That problem comes from her consumption of soy milk. I had the same problem years ago and had to stop drinking soy milk. You have to listen to your body and see what effects certain foods or drink will have on you.

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