I was contemplating changing over to it but I also had the same line of thought. I was just curious of others success or short comings with that particular lifestyle. I agree a balanced diet is the way to go, I will be sticking with my current path, Thanks for the advice :)
I've been looking around on the web and there is some proof that a vegan (plant based not packaged vegan food) diet is a pretty healthy and effective road, I haven't tried it yet. They say that by cutting out animal products we are putting our body back to the way it was meant to function. On the flip side I've experimented with food and found that a no gluten/processed carb, high in essential fatty acids, high plant intake, about 12 oz of meat, with a couple of glasses of milk a day has made a significant change in my body (for the better, my diet loosely follows the zone diet). So is vegan or anyone diet better than the other?
I totally agree that you have to focus on the type of food that works for your body. It took a lot of trial and error to figure out that I'm gluten intolerant and that my body functions best on fruits, veggies, meat, milk, and lots of good fats. Everyone is different , you will get there just listen to your body.
Also add in stretching, this will hurt at first but you will feel a million times better by the end.
Chia seeds are amazing and can be added to juice, water, shakes, smoothies, salads, pretty much anywhere. They contain tons of omega-3s as well.
I'm not sure what you're current fitness level is, but it is common for your weight to increase without it being a bad thing, I usually go with measuring myself because the inches that you lose or gain will never be confusing, and keep in mind muscle weighs more than fat. However if you haven't quite reached your goal weight and you know it's not muscle that's increasing a good place to check would be your diet. It is crucial to put the proper fuel into your body to reach your goals. Hopefully this helps :) have a lovely day.