15 years ago my doc told me to eat vegan to lower my cholesterol. that worked, but I didn't lose any weight...probably because I wasn't exercising at the time.
when I started bike-commuting to work a couple of years ago, for whatever reason i decided to go veggie and lost 40# over a 6-month period. eventually I missed meat and resumed flesh consumption and plateaued on weight loss. never connected the two, and maybe it's just a coincidence.
I'm plenty fast on the flats but still slow on the hills, so I recently tried dropping #s - first with a protein shake diet and then low-carb. I found that neither of these was sustainable when doing 2 hours of exercise per day (1 hour commuting each way). I got crazy hungry and ended up not being able to stick to the plan (esp. the low-carb one).
this weekend I read the "Engine 2 diet" which is basically a healthy-vegan (i.e., brown rice not white rice) approach and which has been adopted by LA and others. got me thinking that I should give it a try again.
curious to hear whether anyone on this board has had good experiences with veggie/vegan diets coupled with a lot of cycling (10+ hours per week). seems like a good way to get lots of (complex) carbs. btw I certainly understand that one needs to eat legumes for protein and also use supplements for iron, etc. more curious what your weight-loss experiences have been.