Over the past year, I've slowly been gaining weight. And although I'm working out a lot and gaining muscle (thank you, CrossFit!), this wasn't just muscle weight. I went to my doctor to get my blood sugar and thyroid levels checked, but everything came back normal. As a fellow woman in her early 40s, my doctor said she'd recently tried the Noom diet, where you track your food on an app, and had lost five pounds "effortlessly." She said it made her realize that she was overeating on nuts and other fats.
As a plant-based eater, a majority of my diet is nuts, seeds, and avocados. It made me think, "Maybe I'm just overdoing it on the fats," and then I remembered the videos about the HCLF (high-carb, low-fat) vegan diet I'd recently stumbled on while looking up vegan recipes on YouTube. For an HCLF vegan diet, the macro breakdown is about 75 to 80 percent carbs, 10 to 15 percent protein, and 10 to 15 percent fats. I thought that since I was already eating a plant-based diet, maybe I should give this a try. Here's my experience after two weeks on an HCLF vegan diet.