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Hi I am Thabo a vegan athlete, Welcome to my Vegan weight site. I am happy to have you here. I have been a vegan for 8 years and I have benefited a lot from the Vegan diet.

I have always had a huge passion for food but my change to a vegan diet occurred in my early 20s.

My STORY

The reason I moved to a vegan diet was because of an illness that I had when I was 20 years old which was life-threatening called clogged heart arteries.

Basically what happened was that throughout my life up until 20 years old I use to eat lots of meat, fats and sweets.

I paid less attention to vegetables as I believed that my fitness would take care of my health. At the time I also had no proper guidance of nutrition at home.

Over the years this caused my heart arteries to clog up with cholesterol and this was my worst experience I tell you.

What mad it worse was that I started getting a lot of chest pains whenever I ate food.

My father and I when from one doctor to the next trying to get help from this condition but all the doctors could not help us because they saw nothing wrong with me as they said I was very fit.

A friend of mine,who was also an athlete, who was facing the same experience as me also faced the same thing and was told the same thing by the doctors.

On one weekend he went to perform at a sport event (dance competition) and he had a heart attack.

Luckily enough he survived this ordeal and surprisingly only then did the doctors admit it was clogged heart arteries (I know this was a bit late to discover).

It was at this moment that I knew that I had to drastically change my diet or else I would also have a heart attack.

This is when I embarked on the vegan diet and to be honest it was trial and error when I started because no one around me knew how to follow this diet.

I started reading magazines and information for unclogging heart arteries and most information was leading to a vegan diet and to my surprise the chest pains started to disappear.

What is more I even started loosing huge amount of weight as I followed this plant based diet (vegan diet).

From this vegan diet I started having high amounts of energy when I was doing my sport and I felt lighter than all my competitors.

Below is a video of my story

 

WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE

What sparked my need to guide people on the vegan diet was the trend and request I got from other young and old athletes (dancers) who said they were having something similar of getting chest pains.

This was when I knew that there are some many people out there who can benefit from this diet.

I Want to help people learn how this diet works and how they can use it with proper information so as to be nutritious and help loose weight with a proper vegan diet.

Most people were also asking me how I lost weight with this diet so I aim to help people with this vegan diet weight loss.

 

THE GOAL OF THIS SITE

The purpose of the VeganWeight website is to help those who want are starting a vegan diet with guidelines.

The site is also there for those who are on a vegan diet with proper information for using the diet to lose weight and improve heart health.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Thabo

veganweight.com

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  1. Jennifer

    Hi Thabo!
    I would never think that someone as young as you would experience clogged arteries! That’s crazy! I’m so glad I found your site. I am a chef and will sometimes lean into the vegetarian lifestyle because the vegan diet just seems so strict.
    I’m so glad you’re writing about your journey so that others can learn (myself included) about the vegan lifestyle and all of its health benefits. I’m so glad that both you and you’re friend are healthy and feeling better!
    Much success and health to you!

    • Thabo Khoza

      Hey Jennifer

      Thank you for the encouragement for my journey to my health. I am glad that it helps you relate as well.
      Yes vegan is strict but for me I have no choice since of my experience of clogged heart arteries.

      Wow great to hear that you are a chef so I can a few ways to improve my cooking skills..ha ha

  2. Schalk Zeeman

    I am a bit of a health fanatic and I found your article on a vegan diet very interesting. However I was born in South Africa and as you would probably know ,we do love our steak, so I think it will be incredibly difficult for me to be on a plant based diet only, so when I do eat steak I of course make sure that it is grass fed and organic.

    I am very interested to know whether you think that eating grass fed organic meat in moderation is perfectly fine or do you think that meat should be avoided at all cost?

    I am also curious to know what scientific research is saying on the actual cause of clogged arteries? Someone told me the other day that sugar is actually the main culprit and that meat is not really such a big issue after all.

    I am quite a bit confused at the moment as one day you would for example read that coffee is very good for you and then just the next day you would read that coffee is bad for you. So it should be either one or the other and I am sometimes as a result struggling to distinguish between myth and reality and actual scientific proven research in this regard.

    I am also curious to know what kind of diet you suggest for a professional bodybuilder? Will a plant based diet only allow to compete in professional bodybuilding competitions like the Arnold Classic? Or would the consumption of meat be necessary in order to achieve those kind of results.

    Many thanks.

    • Thabo Khoza

      Hey Schalk

      I am also Born in South African and I struggled a lot when I started the vegan diet since I was surrounded by a lot of meat eaters especially at home.

      This was the cause of what made me have meat cravings but what helped me was that I moved to another city and lived a lone so that helped with my cravings.
      Now I have got to the point where I do not crave red meat at all.
      My personal opinion about eating meat is that if you totally cannot get rid of eating it rather opt for lean meat or white meat (like chicken and fish) as these are the healthiest meat with less cholesterol.

      With regards to coffee to be honest I am not sure since I do not really drink coffee but I can do research for you since I love helping my community here on my site.
      There are vegan body builders and athlete (which I am) it all depends on eating enough vitamins like protein.

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