7 day vegan challenge for weight loss


If you have an upcoming event and want to drop a few pounds, or even if you want to just change things up, I have the perfect challenge. Try something a little different this week for weight loss—like a vegan challenge. For those who already lead a vegan lifestyle, it is second nature to eat beans, nuts and whole grains while abstaining from dairy and meats.


But for the non-vegans out there that start their day with eggs for breakfast (this is me), have a grilled chicken breast for lunch, Greek yogurt for a snack and fish for dinner; going vegan for a week will be extreme. But if you are trying to lose weight and detoxify your body, it will be worth it! 


You might be thinking this will be a week of starvation and diet deprivation. Actually, quite the opposite! Most vegans never go hungry because they are constantly snacking with mini meals that consist of seeds, greens and beans. Since a natural vegan diet doesn’t have chemicals or artificial sweeteners, you will fit into your skinniest jeans in no time!


So, are you ready to do a seven-day vegan challenge for weight loss? Here are my tips!
Commit to this


Now that you have made the decision to commit to a seven-day vegan challenge, make a commitment for seven days to not eat meat, poultry, fish, dairy or eggs. Track your food intake each day, and be sure to mark your intake of grains, beans, seeds, nuts and greens. You will be amazed as you watch yourself slim down from this healthy commitment. Who knows, you may love veganism so much you want to go beyond seven days!


Create a menu for the week


Search for vegan recipes on the internet and go food shopping with your new list. Make sure you plan every meal so there is no guess work involved. Since veganism consists of a lot of fruits and vegetables, do some research beforehand to see what’s in season. Enjoy becoming a vegan chef this week. You may learn to try new foods and even love them! I ended up loving all the varieties of beans by trying this challenge.

Share the challenge with your friends and family


All aspects of life become easier when you have a healthy network of support, so share your decision to become a vegan for a week with your family and friends. Better yet, why not challenge them to join you as well? My husband was on a vegan challenge with his father and guess what—his father felt so good as a vegan that he continued and lost 28 pounds in just over a month (not to mention he lowered his blood pressure too)! So pay it forward and share your goals with your loved ones!


Sign up for several vegan websites


There are so many websites that are strictly for vegans, with recipes, tips and motivation; all that can help you. Register for these sites so you can receive newsletters and learn the ins and outs of what to cook.

Prepare in advance


To make your week as seamless as possible, prepare soup in advance, chop up veggies and even make your green kale shakes prior. If you are constantly on the go like me, you will find that preparing meals in advance can make your seven-day vegan challenge less challenging and your results will feel so rewarding!

Knowledge is power


Read up about the health benefits of becoming a vegan. Vegans have a lowered risk of heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure as well as cancer. But there are also some downsides that may require research—like lack of protein and vitamins like B-12. Every choice you make should be for the betterment of your health.


If you decide to extend your vegan challenge, a visit to your doctor or nutritionist is recommended.


Share your success


At the end of the week, track your weight, how you feel and your progress. Share your success with your friends and family. How did you feel this week? Did you notice your mood to be stabilized? Did you feel more energized?


Congratulations on completing the seven-day vegan challenge! You are strong, amazing, determined and disciplined!



Tara Zimliki is a nationally recognized weight loss expert, personal trainer, health coach, health writer and founder of Tara’s Bootcamp, the Premiere Bootcamp of New Jersey. Tara also runs her own blog, funfitmama.com