I know your struggles trying to optimize a raw food diet. You don’t feel as great as you thought you would, you might be hungry all the time, and worse: you still haven’t lost all the weight you wanted to lose on this diet. I know this because I have been there myself. But in just a few moments, those struggles will be a memory.
In this article, my goal is to show you how you TOO can lose most of those stubborn remaining pounds while eating satisfying, delicious raw meals.
In fact, some raw vegans look like normal-looking folks – not too much excess but still with a dozen or so pounds to be lost (I was one of them). And the major reason behind that is hunger, pretty much like on any diet.
But hunger is also why many people fail just to STAY on raw veganism, forget about getting in your best shape!
So, for most people getting in their shape (or near that) when eating raw becomes a double challenge.
That’s because to feel satisfied on raw veganism they stuff themselves with sweet fruits and fat. Because fruits digest quickly and fats provide little satiety, they have little control over their hunger, and hence feeling of fullness. As a result, they often overeat sweet fruits and fats, and end up eating more calories than they used to on a cooked-food diet! In addition, excessive intake of fat in the long run directly slows down, and even resists their flab loss efforts due to increased insulin resistance, slower metabolism, and other things.
Because they base their meals on sweet and fatty foods, they also tend to exercise less than on a cooked-food diet! This is because:
♦ Overeating fresh fruits and dried fruits makes you physically uncomfortable to exercise. With the food belly, you just feel like skipping or shortening your workouts. Raw sweet meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a daily basis also drain you out, leaving you with less energy after meals.
♦ Overeating fatty food makes you biochemically uncomfortable to exercise – the majority of fats need to go through over 20 steps to be digested, your body tires out, and as a result, you have little energy to exercise.
The good news is that these excess pounds don’t really make you overweight. These are a dozen or so pounds that separate you from the shape of your dreams.
Well, that’s me – a newbie raw vegan – over six years ago. I struggled getting in the shape I wanted. Although it was not more than 15 pounds, the brain fog that I experienced as result of hunger forced me to eat until my brain was back in the working condition. For some reason, my hunger on raw veganism shows itself almost exclusively as a brain fog (I think I know why but let’s not get into that).
So, I often overate, had low energy, felt bloated frequently, and, as I said, was 12-15 pounds away from the body I wanted. Plus, often, the food belly from eating too much (mostly sweet fruits), often reduced my desire to go on my daily jogging.
Because of this brain fog, I was constantly on the quest of coming up with the ways to feel full in order to prevent it. In other words, staying full was my greatest struggle on raw veganism. I tried various things: from eating 150 ml of honey per day to having bee pollen for lunch!
I still have this brain fog unless I eat the RIGHT foods and DO special techniques. Thanks to that, currently I’m in the shape I consider almost ideal for my constitution.
Now, your situations may not be as extreme. Your hunger may show itself differently, but still, this doesn’t help you lose those remaining pounds!
If you have been on raw veganism for at least a few months you probably know that in order to keep your hunger at bearable levels you either need to:
But you already know what lots of sweet fruit and fat ultimately leave you with! Difficulty losing those remaining 15 pounds!
On the other hand, you don’t want to come back to cooked foods, either. That’s because you know that eating raw plant foods as much as possible every day is one of the greatest “secrets” to:
♦ Being self-sustainable – saving thousands of hours, and dollars on trying to tackle health conditions
You also NEED some non-food techniques that will reduce appetite, and prevent hunger before it’s even there. After all, we eat to live, not vice versa!
As long as I have access to these foods, not falling too far behind with the techniques, I can prevent hunger, and hence, the dreaded brain fog. As a result, I get full with fewer calories, have the desire, and energy to exercise (including weightlifting). The outcome? I can pretty keep myself in a weight range that I want. I also became more muscular in the last year. (I’m always trying to get rid of and keep the very last few pounds off with area specific exercises and detoxing – they need continuous effort).
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