Does Going Vegan Change Your Metabolism?

Not all vegan food is low in calories, so why are vegans often stereotyped as skinny? It could be that their metabolism burns faster, according to Well+Good NYC.

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Vegans are stereotypically skinny. But according to Neal Barnard, MD and his research team, it may not be because their diets are nutritionally skimpy. Vegan bodies may just learn to burn calories faster.

Dr. Barnard, who’s the president of the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and a professor at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, noticed that in one of his studies, after transitioning a group of individuals with chronic weight problems onto an entirely plant-based diet that was low in oils, their metabolic rates (or how fast their body turned fuel into energy) seriously soared.

“We found that not only did their calorie-burning speed jump up after a meal—but that extra burn was significantly higher than it had been when the study started,” Dr. Barnard writes in his book, The 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart.

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    • Dyell

      Going vegan/vegetarian is one of the best actions we can take to improve our health. According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians are reported to have lower body mass indices than non-vegetarians, as well as lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease; vegetarians also show lower blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer. Please visit to learn more. Or for information on how you can help end cruel and unnecessary suffering and adapt a more compassionate lifestyle.

    • Lauren L.

      Sorry, but I have to be a bit skeptical when studies are funded by the PCRM. I could see veganism only working well for losing weight if you cut out all highly processed carbohydrates and went nearly raw, but such a restrictive diet seems unsustainable.

    • JSG

      I may have to agree.

      I switched to vegetarian (still eat eggs, and haven’t found a vegan substitute for cream in my coffee) about last August. I’m feeling a lot better, have more energy, and have lost about 20 lbs.

      Wish I could say it’s because I’ve been exercising more, but sadly it’s not. This is odd for me, because previously I’ve never lost weight just from diet… but it appears cutting out meat did indeed help me lose weight.

      • chocbuni

        JSG for your coffee try So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Creamer it’s sold in all major super markets and specialty store. Check out their website. They have a wide range of products and I’ve been using them for years. I was a Vegan for a year and it was the best thing I have ever done. I’m back on it again for about a week and have already seen changes. Seems like you’re doing well keep up the good work!!!

      • BC

        Try Almond milk, vanilla or unsweetened. Low calorie and taste good, because I also use it on cereal.