Yes. There are several explanations as to how this can happen. It could be that the individual is eating too much. Eating too much of anything, even vegan food, can result in weight gain. It could also be that the individual is not yet familiar with enough plant-based food options and has thus become bored with the now seemingly limited food selection. Besides that, going into a health food store can be rather intimidating for the culinary-impaired. Lastly, it could simply be that the individual is making poor food choices. Like any diet, a vegan diet requires that one make healthy food choices and carefully plan out meals. Making the decision to adopt a vegan diet does not instantly guarantee that this will be the case.

So in each of these scenarios what happens is that there ends up being some vegans who consume an excessive amount of foods like like processed foods, pasta and sugary snacks that are too high in fat, salt and sugar. This is mainly an attempt to replace the meat now absent from their diet. It is also the consequence of making what turns out to be a very difficult dietary adjustment.

Nonetheless, despite the difficulty in making the transition to a plant-based diet, weight gain is not the big, bad wolf here. In fact, it’s simply the body’s way of signaling you of it’s need for adequate nourishment. So regardless of your dietary choice make it your mission to make smart food choices. The best way to avoid weight gain is to eat less processed and more whole, natural foods.

However, if that ends up being easier said than done try doing a 2 week live food detox. Taking about 2 weeks to feed the body nothing but live foods will do several things. It will give the body a fresh start, liven the taste buds and the mind, and nourish the body with foods rich in nutrients, minerals and vitamins to ensure that it functions efficiently. There are many ingredients put in processed foods, even those that are vegan, that turn off the body’s natural hunger mechanism that would typically inform the brain that the body’s had enough to eat. Consequently, this keeps the body craving more, resulting in weight gain. So the more processed food you eat, the more you crave. That said, the best way to get out of this cycle is through a live food detox.

In essence, there’s no need for a vegan to be overweight. However, if such is the case take a moment to assess your eating habits then take better care to make smarter food choices. Being a vegan should be one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life, therefore by eating smart you can ensure that it’s a healthy one as well.

Author's Bio: 

Amirah Bellamy is a Vegan Transitional Coach, Vegan Fitness Meal Planning Expert, and Author. To learn more about her fabulous Vegetarian Meal Plans and Healthy Eating eBook or to INSTANTLY grab her FREE Vegetarian Starter Kit go to