An article about a couple who took a three week vegan challenge begins:
Up until last year, Don Loprieno of Bristol was what could be called an eyes-wide-open meat eater.
“Like everyone else, I knew where meat comes from,” Loprieno said. “But I was always uncomfortable about eating meat. It was hard for me to reconcile liking animals and eating them.”
Then he heard about a program called 21-Day Vegan Kickstart being offered through the Washington, D.C.-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine that provided three weeks of plant-based recipes, menu plans and advice. Loprieno and his wife, Page Lockhart, signed up.
And it ends:
“I feel like I’ve grown as a result of the diet, in every way but weight,” Loprieno said.
It’s funny. I feel exactly the same way. Since I’ve been vegan, I’ve grown. I’ve become more honest, more loving, more trusting, more aware, more productive, more involved, et cetera et cetera. But there’s one way I haven’t grown: girth. Being vegan has helped me maintain a healthy weight.
While a few people gain weight when they go vegan, most lose weight or stay the same. I was one of the ones who stayed the same, but I noticed something interesting after going vegan: it was easier to maintain my weight. It can be hard to lose weight. Anyone who has ever tried knows that. But once you get your weight down it can still be hard to keep it down. I noticed that it was easier to keep my weight lower as a vegan than before I went vegan.