Sorry if my post came across as being a bit preachy and rude, we veggies get a bit overexcited about our diets because we love them so much.
No beef dude (literally)
Food from animals is more calorie dense correct? Then if I am struggling to get in enough healthy nutrition as it is, cooking which takes up nearly most of my day already, you really think that I would be able to eat enough by vegetables alone? I am sorry but that sounds illogical and ludicrous.
It's more calorie dense but it's also a lot unhealthier, not to mention it's not the amount of calories you eat that is important, but the quality of said calories. If you are struggling to get enough healthy nutrition as it is, maybe it's because what you are eating is unhealthy?
You could eat a whole cow but if all the calories in that meat are unhealthy and not easily absorbed into your body then it doesn't matter how much you eat, You would need to eat an entire field of cows in one day just to see any difference.
Veggie food on the other hand, is easily absorbed into the body and provides loads of healthy vitamins and nutrients from a much smaller amount of food, so you wouldn't need to eat a truckload of vegetables, because you get so much more out of so much less food. (Plus, there's lots more to veggie food than just vegetables
A plate full of vegan food will give you way more energy than a plate of animal food simply because it's content is just that much healthier, regardless of the amount of calories.
Look at Carl Lewis in his prime, fully vegan, does he look like he doesn't get enough to eat from just vegetables alone? Hell, even Mike Tyson is a veggie these days, I bet his metabolism is insane...
Please post an average day of what you eat for me to see. Because I have an extremely high metabolism and it seems like everyone around me eats little mouse crumbs compared to me, save for a few into body building who eat like 12 eggs for breakfast. I am still at 129.5 lbs 5'10.5".
You are trying to tell me that you are able to eat enough on a vegan diet for your body, but you fail to realize, that I am not you, and I am not in your body, therefore have different needs. I am going to assume that before you started on a vegan diet that you were not underweight to begin with and were not in the same situation as me.
I eat the same as what everyone else eats, cereal for breakfast with non-dairy milk (much more easier absorbed than dairy milk), snack constantly through the day on random healthy stuff (lots of good calories), pasta/rice/sandwiches for lunch (more healthy calories) and eat a massive dinner every evening (even more calories).
I also have an extremely high metabolism, I could eat an entire elephant and not gain an ounce of weight, always been like that. I'm 6'3" and 155lbs and go for a short run every morning, that's about the extent of my exercise.
I've never been underweight before but when I was still eating animals my weight used to fluctuate a lot, whereas on a vegan diet I've been steady since I started.
Again, if you are underweight then it's probably because what you are eating is full of unhealthy stuff. Lots of meat, fish, milk and eggs will only make you less healthy, and your weight will drop even more because all you are absorbing in your food is fat, salt and sugar which won't do you any good if you have a high metabolism. Whereas if you ate veggie food then your body would become healthier from more vitamins and minerals and more able to take on weight and keep it.
Weight gain depends on the quality of your calories, not the quantity. The funny thing is, your bodybuilding friends would actually be better off with a plate of veggie food than 12 eggs.
Type 'vegan bodybuilding' into google and be amazed!
And chickens on a conveyor belt don't come first before my own survival. Animals die, they would if they were in the wild/nature as well. Nothing new.
Going out of my way for better health is something I would do, and try to do whenever I can. However going out of my way for some misguided morals(which would take even more energy and resources that I don't have to spare), like checking if something I ate contained some trace of milk product and if it did, sticking my fingers to the back of my throat to vomit what I just ate, is not something I would ever do.
Hey, nobody said you had to go veggie for the animals, loads of people do it just for their health, Bill Clinton for example, ate junk food his whole life until he had to have a quadruple heart bypass and subsequently switched to a vegan diet for his health and has been fine ever since.
You don't need morals to go veggie, hell you don't even need to care about animals at all, and if you want to go out of your way to become healthier then why not try it. You'll never know unless you try and find out.
You would be amazed how little energy and resources you need to eat good veggie food, at least every food shop on every high street has some sort of veggie option and making your own is even easier.
The difference between animals dying in nature and dying in a filthy, nasty factory farm is huge and the funny thing is that if you did put those chickens health before your own and stop eating them, your own health would actually improve as a result, hence both you *and* the chickens' health would improve, ironic no?
Plus you don't have to constantly check for tiny traces of animal products in everything, you could give some things the benefit of the doubt if you don't know what is in it, maybe go vegetarian, or part-time veggie. The world isn't split into Vegans and meat eaters, there is all sorts of in between, so you can suit your diet to your needs.
Your current diet of animal products is clearly not working if you are complaining of being underweight and unable to gain weight, what have you got to lose by trying some veggie food here and there? Either way, try it and find out, you never know, it might work!
P.S. Instead of a picture of poor little chickens, here's a picture of a happy cow instead!