I can't count how many times I have heard people talking about the vegan diet not being superior in any way because they have seen so many "fat" vegans walking around.
I have been asked on more than one occasion, "Why should I switch to a vegan diet if vegans are just as fat?" My question is this: Is there really such a thing as a fat vegan? I mean, if they're really vegan?
Get ready for me to give you the skinny on it here.
First, we should determine what really a vegan really is. The simplest way to put it, is that a vegan is someone who eats a plant based diet without any animal products.
Next we've gotta' ask: "But what is a plant based diet?" This is where most people fall down and misuse the term "veganism". Just because you eat no animal flesh, no dairy or no eggs does not necessarily make you a "true vegan" in my book. What can I posibly mean? Well, there are several proceessed food products that animal byproducts are hidden in, such as pastries, snacks, and other baked goods-- some vegans fail to heed to what's on the label, or don't look in moments of weakness.
Secondly, what does plant based really mean? I think this is where we lose a lot of folks. Your diet should be primarily made up of vegetables, fruits and whole grains. For many vegans, processed foods and fake meats dominate their diet, replacing the animals they once ate. Many try to say that these processed foods are the lesser of the two evils. Are they really? Most are high in sodium, low in nutrient content and not really vegan. When reading labels you'll notice that many are "vegetarian", while containing egg whites as fillers and binding agents.
And there are other recurring items often implemented in these diets, such as flour based products like breads, cakes, and pastries, all of which are extremely high calorie/low nutrient.
The diets of many unhealthy and/or overweight vegans are full of foods which should not be a large part of any one persons diet, vegan or not. A plant based diet, really should be based in whole plant foods.
So is there such a thing as a fat vegan? In my opinion there isn't, not if they're living a truly sustainable and healthy vegan lifestyle. While some folks may have an underlying condition that leads to them being naturally larger in size, the vast majority of healthy vegans should be just that, and it will reflect in how they look. What you see is what you get.
There's the skinny.