How YouTube Star Hannah Lost Over 70 Pounds With A Plant Based Diet

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Today’s post is about a popular YouTuber named High Carb Hannah, who has lost over 70 pounds with a whole foods plant-based diet.

She has over 400,000 YouTube subscribers and over 175,00 Instagram followers who follow her for inspiration and motivation to live a healthier lifestyle.

Hannah is featured in Women’s Health Magazine, Huffington Post, and Daily Mail UK.

She is widely known for her popular book, the Lean and Clean Ultimate Weight Loss Guide where she shares all of her weight loss tips, recipes, and advice that has lead her to lose over 70 pounds.

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In this interview, you’ll learn:

  • Why Hannah transitioned to a plant-based diet
  • How much weight she lost and how she did it
  • Hannah’s kitchen staples
  • What advice she’d give to a newbie to the vegan lifestyle
  • What she thinks about carbs

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I live in southern Arizona with my husband Derek. We have 2 dogs and 3 cats and I run a YouTube channel called High Carb Hannah where I teach people how to succeed on a whole foods plant-based diet.

How much weight did you lose and how did you do it? 

I lost over 70lbs eating a whole foods plant-based diet.

When you lost 70+ pounds, were you working out as well? 

I was walking every day and I would sporadically do other workouts like biking, hiking or go to the gym.

I didn’t have a set schedule or anything I just did whatever was fun to me and walked about 10k steps a day.

 What inspired you to transition to a vegan diet? 

At my old job, I went to over 200 businesses every year and helped them keep their employees safe through training.

One of my customers in 2014 was John Morell, which is one of the largest pork slaughterhouses in the country.

They kill one pig every 3 seconds.

When I left there that day I saw about 12 semi trucks waiting outside full of pigs screaming and it shook me to the core.

I drove away and decided I would never eat meat again.

I started researching when I got home.

That led me to see Earthlings, Forks over Knives and a few weeks later I started my YouTube channel and never looked back.

What is your go-to vegan recipe? 

Oh man, that one is hard!

Probably bean tacos, they are my fav and only take a few minutes to make.

What are the foods you always have stocked in your kitchen?

Beans, rice, potatoes, corn, fruit, sourdough bread, and tons of vegetables.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about transitioning to a vegan diet?

Make sure you do your research and educate yourself.

It’s one thing to want to lose weight but most people that go on a diet for that reason won’t stick to it.

Do this for your health and for the 6 million animals that are slaughtered every single day.

Last but not least, you eat carbs. A lot of them. What would you say to someone afraid of carbs?

The thing I always tell people is to read The Starch Solution by Dr. Mcdougall.

We are meant to eat carbs; our bodies run off of sugar.

It is not the carbs making us fat, it is all the cheese, sour cream, meat and butter we put on top of it.

Hannah shares all of her research, secrets, and tips that helped her lose over 70 pounds in her book, Lean and Clean, The Ultimate Weight Loss Guide.

Here is everything that’s included in the Ultimate Weight Loss Guide:

  • 50+ plant-based recipes that are quick, simple and easy to make.
  • A 14-day meal plan with a complete shopping guide to take the guesswork out of what to eat and when.
  • A simple exercise plan that even busy people can follow.
  • One beautiful color photo for every meal, so you can see what you’re making before you make it.
  • An entire section dedicated to getting yourself in the right mindset to get to your goals, most of us know what we need to do but we lack the motivation to do it.
  • The Lean & Clean guide to eating out at restaurants and dealing with the social aspects of eating plant-based.
  • Natural beauty tips and a list of recommended brands that I use.
  • A ton of information about plant-based weight loss, digestion, bloating, sleep, calcium, protein, acne, setting realistic goals, a food pyramid… plus more!
  • A link to my Lean & Clean Facebook group for ongoing support.
  • A PDF eBook that can be instantly downloaded to your iPhone, iPad, Android, or computer after purchasing. Re-usable anytime you need it!

Hannah has also been nice enough to give a discount code to my readers.

You can use fitnancials to get 10% off your purchase. She also gives a 30-day money back guarantee in case you don’t feel satisfied.

My (Alexis’s) Vegan Story

For those of you that don’t know, I’ve been eating a vegan diet since December of 2015.

I know everyone has opposing viewpoints when it comes to veganism, but for me, personally, I did it because it felt right for me. I cut out meat and dairy cold turkey (no pun intended – haha) and I had sort of a “spiritual awakening” (you can laugh, I would, too).

My entire life, I lived a lifestyle that said dogs, cats, and horses could not be eaten or abused in any way, but every other animal can?

It was hypocritical of me, and I felt ashamed of myself for a while.

Now, I feel happier and “lighter” than ever. Dairy did not agree with me, my body, and especially my skin.

A lot of people like to say the following things to me:

“But bugs die on the vegetables you eat.”

“You could buy from a local, “humane” farmer.” 

To me, veganism is about eliminating my potential harm to the world.

I’m not perfect and don’t claim to me.

However, I do actively try to make good decisions that align with my ethics as a human being that does not want to harm others.

If a few bugs die because I choose to eat vegetables over actual meat, then that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.

If I can thrive without animal products, then I don’t need to buy from any farmer.

If you are interested in trying out a plant-based lifestyle or want to eliminate your meat consumption for the environment, I highly recommend Hannah’s Ultimate Weight Loss Plan. Yes, it’s called a weight loss plan, but it’s SO much more than that.

This book transformed my way of thinking.

She helped me develop a healthy mindset towards my body, food, and life.

I learned how to set realistic goals, how to get rid of bloating, and how to love myself and not look at food as the enemy.

If you struggle with eating, weight gain and can’t seem to lose weight, this book will do wonders for you.

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Rachel P

    I try to introduce vegan recipes in my house, but my husband made clear he will always be a meat eater. Any advice?

    1. Alexis

      My advice would be to not make him do anything he doesn’t want to. Some people will never accept the idea of a meal without meat and dairy, and that is their decision. It doesn’t mean it’s a smart decision, as we don’t NEED to eat meat and dairy at every single meal. However, it sounds like you want to eat more vegan meals, so I think you should start cooking separate meals and possibly have him try something delicious you make.

  2. That is one incredible transformation! It takes a lot of effort and dedication to lose weight.
    I also agree making drastic changes in your diet require a lot of research! I’ve also read in quite a number of places that switching to veganism is best done gradually.

    1. Alexis

      I think it’s best done gradually if the person wants to be able to stick to it long-term. However, I went overnight and didn’t feel sick at all, which I thought would happen since I changed my diet so drastically. I also went for animal cruelty reasons, so switching over a span of time would make me feel terrible any time I ate animal products. Haha. Also, I never thought I’d go vegan! EVER.

  3. Laura

    Great transformation! The kids are fighting me every step. Well, most steps. It’s a lot of trial and error and error 😉 finding recipes they’ll eat, especially my very carnivorous super-taster (ie: picky) daughter. BUT, at least down to almost 50% vegetarian (w/ some vegan) and 50% non-veg dinners. Hoping to get to 75/25 by end of next year.

    1. Alexis

      That’s so awesome. 🙂 I really wish my parents made me more vegan food growing up. Looking back, I ate SO unhealthily. Sometimes I can’t even wrap my head around the things I ate.

  4. Chonce

    Great interview! I love High Carb Hannah’s YouTube videos and all her recipes. I cut out meat and dairy 3 weeks ago but I’ve been slowly weaning myself off fish which is the last thing to go. It actually hasn’t been as hard as I thought it was. I still have to shift my mindset to okay with carbs seeing both or your stories really inspires me.

    1. Alexis

      I keep forgetting that you cut out animal products!

      Right? It wasn’t hard for me at all. Not one bit. I don’t miss animal products nor have any cravings for cheese. I guess I was one of the lucky ones!

  5. Sara

    Thank you for sharing. I am not vegan or vegetarian but recently found High Carb Hannah and enjoy her channel. I have learned a lot from her.

    1. Alexis

      Same here!

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