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Need some help losing weight on a vegan diet? You’ve come to the right place!

Starting a vegan diet is one thing, but starting a vegan diet to lose weight is a whole other thing.

Read on to see how to lose weight on a vegan diet with this easy to follow meal plan!

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How to lose weight on a vegan diet

It’s important to keep in mind that eating a vegan diet does not automatically equate to weight loss. There’s plenty of vegan junk food readily available now so just because it’s labeled vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy or will aid in weight loss.

So how does one lose weight?

Weight loss as a concept is very simple. It comes down to calories in versus calories out. You want to burn more calories than you’re consuming.

To better understand this, I have a whole article on how weight loss works on a vegan diet. This will give you a more in depth view on how weight loss works and what you can do to make it sustainable on a vegan diet.

Starting any diet to lose weight can be overwhelming so to make life easier, I created this simple vegan meal plan for weight loss. This meal plan utilizes the research from my vegan weight loss article and puts it into an actionable plan!

How to use this vegan weight loss plan

Disclaimer: This vegan meal plan is meant to be used for educational purposes for adults 18 years and older and is not designed for those that are pregnant or breastfeeding. This does not replace advice from a medical professional or registered dietitian. Talk to your doctor before starting a new diet.

This meal plan focuses on a low-fat, whole food plant-based diet. This means focusing on foods in their whole, unprocessed form such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds. It aims to avoid animal products and highly processed foods, though some minimally processed foods in moderation such as soy milk or whole grain bread are included.

Whole foods are the easiest way to maintain a calorie deficit and promote weight loss without having to go hungry all the time. Whole foods are more filling and less calorie dense, so they fill us up without overeating.

You’re probably thinking this sounds completely unappetizing, and I hear you. I thought the same thing too at first but the key to great tasting food is seasonings and sauces. We’re not eating big boring salads here.

To make weight loss sustainable, I’ve brought you the best recipes that are not only healthy, but delicious too (with the most incredible seasonings and sauces)! Meals you’ll actually look forward to eating. No will power needed!

This is the best way to lose weight. When you enjoy what you’re eating it doesn’t feel like a diet.

Customize the meal plan to your unique needs

This meal plan has lower calories (average 1200 calories per day) as a baseline so that you can build upon it and customize it to your unique needs by adding servings, snacks and dessert.

For sustainable weight loss, it is recommended to decrease maintenance calories by no more than 15%. When you go above 20% it can be difficult to maintain and can lead to nutrient deficiencies. If you’re not sure what your maintenance calories are, you can use this easy vegan calorie calculator.

For example, if you calculate that your maintenance calories (the amount of calories to maintain your current weight) is 2000 calories, then you should aim to consume around 1,700 calories per day for sustainable weight loss.

When using the meal plan below, this example allows you to add 500 calories of snacks, extra meals or desserts. Feel free to use any of the recipes on this website!

You can also swap out the meals if they are not to your liking. Just look for recipes with similar calories per serving. All recipes on this website come with the full nutrition information.

Week 1 Vegan Weight Loss Meal Plan

Monday

Breakfast: Banana Cream Pie Smoothie

Lunch: 2 servings of Crispy Vegan Tofu Tacos

Dinner: One-Pot Vegan Feta Pasta

Tuesday

Breakfast: Scrambled Tofu Breakfast Sandwich

Lunch: 2 servings of Crispy Vegan Tofu Tacos

Dinner: One-Pot Vegan Feta Pasta

Wednesday

Breakfast: Banana Cream Pie Smoothie

Lunch: Vegan Hearts of Palm Ceviche with a handful of tortilla chips

Dinner: One-Pot Vegan Feta Pasta

Thursday

Breakfast: Scrambled Tofu Breakfast Sandwich

Lunch: Vegan Hearts of Palm Ceviche with a handful of tortilla chips

Dinner: Chili Sin Carne

Friday

Breakfast: Protein Chia Bowl

Lunch: Chili Sin Carne

Dinner: Edamame Quinoa Stir Fry Bowl

Saturday

Breakfast: Fluffy Vegan Pancakes with berries and maple syrup

Lunch: Edamame Quinoa Stir Fry Bowl

Dinner: Chili Sin Carne

Sunday

Breakfast: Fluffy Vegan Pancakes with berries and maple syrup

Lunch: Chili Sin Carne

Dinner: Edamame Quinoa Stir Fry Bowl

Week 2 Vegan Weight Loss Meal Plan

Monday

Breakfast: Banana Bread Overnight Oats

Lunch: Sweet Potato and Chickpea Mason Jar Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing

Dinner: Vegan Pasta Bake

Tuesday

Breakfast: Banana Bread Overnight Oats

Lunch: Sweet Potato and Chickpea Mason Jar Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing

Dinner: Vegan Pasta Bake

Wednesday

Breakfast: Zesty Raspberry Smoothie

Lunch: Sweet Potato and Chickpea Mason Jar Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing

Dinner: Vegan Pasta Bake

Thursday

Breakfast: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie

Lunch: Mediterranean Nourish Bowl

Dinner: One-Pot Coconut Lentil Curry

Friday

Breakfast: Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Lunch: One-Pot Coconut Lentil Curry

Dinner: Mediterranean Nourish Bowl

Saturday

Breakfast: Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Lunch: Summer Blackberry Salad with Cashew Ricotta

Dinner: One-Pot Coconut Lentil Curry

Sunday

Breakfast: Thick Mixed Berry Smoothie

Lunch: One-Pot Coconut Lentil Curry

Dinner: Summer Blackberry Salad with Cashew Ricotta

Download the Vegan Weight Loss Meal Plan PDF

As you may have noticed, some of the recipes in this meal plan are not on the website. These recipes are exclusive to the free downloadable PDF so make sure you grab that!

The Vegan Weight Loss Meal Plan PDF comes with all the recipes all in one place, along with a shopping list. You can access it on any device or print it off so you can take it with you anywhere.

Sign up to our email list (don’t worry we won’t spam you) to gain access to this free PDF. You’ll also receive relevant vegan weight loss tips, recipes, and more in our newsletter but you can unsubscribe at any time.

Want to swap out meals in the meal plan?

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FAQ’s

Will I feel hungry?

This meal plan focuses on foods that are more filling so you shouldn’t feel hungry. Don’t be afraid to eat larger portion sizes as these foods are lower in calories.

Is eating vegan expensive?

Meat, dairy and processed foods are some of the most expensive items at the grocery store. Eating vegan can be expensive when buying mock meats and cheeses or vegan snack foods. If eating a whole food plant-based diet like the one in this meal plan, you should see your grocery bill decrease. Canned and frozen vegetables are great ways to save money if fresh is too expensive.

Will I need to spend tons of time in the kitchen?

Not at all! These recipes are quick to prepare (most ready in less than 30 minutes) and can be batch cooked so you can cook once and have all your meals prepared for the week! We’re all about cooking smarter, not harder!

Do I need supplements?

If you are eating enough calories you should be able to get all the nutrients you need through your food with one exception. B12 is something that we typically can’t get from diet alone (unless purposefully eating enough servings of fortified foods). Learn more about B12 and make sure you’re supplementing appropriately.

Need more support losing weight on a vegan diet?

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It takes all the guess work out of eating a healthy vegan diet. It has pre-made meal plans that you can customize with drag and drop features so you can plan your week in seconds. It builds the shopping list for you, and it helps you track your daily calories to reach your physique goals.

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