After gaining a massive beer-gut due to unhealthy eating I have started experimenting with my diet in an attempt to improve my health and lose some weight. Some things I thought were good for me turned out to be bad for me and vice-versa. One of the things I have not yet tried is a vegan diet, mostly because I am not yet conviced that it is actually healthy, however I am willing to give it a try for a few weeks.
However I have a few questions before starting my experiment.
-Right now I am eating a fairly meat-heavy diet. Is it better to ease into eating a vegan diet (eat less meat everyday) or to just stop eating meat all at once?
-I have found great benefits in eating one big meal a day over several small ones. Using mostly animal-based foods I could easily get my daily required nutrients(calories/vitamins etc) in a single meal without eating a large volume of food. Seeing as plant-based foods are generally have fewer nutrient (per weight/volume); Is it still possible to eat only a single meal a day without stuffing yourself and getting all the nutrient you need?
-I do not tolerate grains of any kind (wheat,rice,corn) very well and right now animal products(mostly meat) makes up the bulk of my calories. Seeing as for mosty people these make of the bulk of their daily intake, but I cant tolerate them well. What would be good staple foods to get enought calories each day without having to eat huge quantities of food.
-Right now, where I live it is freezing and usually cloudy, so getting enought sunlight to get my vitamin d is not very practical. Would not getting any dietary vitamin d for a few weeks hurt my health?
-What are common side effects of changing from a diet low in plants to a diet high in plants? I ask this because I do not want to confuse the problems with transitioning from one diet to the next with actual problems with the diet.
-I have found that eating a diet high in meat increases my testosterone and thus an increase in muscle growth and sex drive. When excluding meat, should I be worried about losing my libido or muscle.
-Where would I get quality protein? I have read a few times that some people use soy, but I am very scared of eating soy in large quantities as I believe it is far from healthy.