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I started doing 60-70% raw food a month ago. I don't understand my weight loss.  I am not eating any junk food of any kind.  I am eating cereal with about 1/2 cup of milk for breakfast & I have a banana. Lunch is all raw vegetables with very little no fat dressing.  Snack is an Orange.  Supper is a salad & a small piece of lean chicken breast or turkey breast.  Night time snack is an apple or some fresh fruit & a handful of almonds.  On the weekends, I usually have a smoothie for lunch consisting of almond milk, & fresh fruit.  After the first two weeks, I lost 3 pounds.  After that, I lost 1 pound & this week I show I gained 2 pounds.  I am very frustrated.  I am a chocolate & junk food eater at night & on weekends & I have given all this up & getting no where with losing some pounds.  Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.  I am not ready to go 100% raw & not sure I ever can.  I just want to eat healthier & feel better.

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First off - I want to remind you that almost every raw vegan out there said at one point that they could never go 100% raw. I know I did! ;p

I can't tell you exactly what the problem is.

It's definitely good that you're trying to keep your diet low in fat. That's a problem most people initially going raw run into.

My first suggestion is to ditch the meat and go 100% vegan. Despite all the adds and studies conducted by the animal product industry, humans are not designed to eat meat, and it can wreak havoc on our systems.

My second suggestion is to cut out salt. This can be hard, as almost all prepared foods contain salt. However, its totally worth it. Lots of people lose 10+lbs just from cutting the salt. I lost 5 when I took that step, and I didn't even know I had any weight to lose! I also started feeling way better and even looking healthier when I cut the salt.

Also it's worth mentioning that I "gain" 5+lbs in a day! After a meal, I weigh 105lbs. When I wake up in the morning (after peeing and defecating, ect) I weight 100. So the gain could be just food weight. 2lbs really isn't that significant.

Good luck, & peace (:

Drastic changes to our diets can be a shock to the body and everyone is different in how they will react. There are no quick fixes and I think you just may need to be more patient with the process. Once your body gets used to the idea that you will no longer be eating all that junk food, it will let go of the extra weight. I am no expert by any means and am also struggling to make permanent changes to my diet with a goal of atleast 80% Raw eventually to be 100%. Judging by your account of intake for a day, it looks to me like you are not eating enough food. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and veggies and of course drink lots and lots of water. Can you incorporate more green smoothies? eg: handful of spinach, frozen/fresh fruit and water. What about trialing for one week: Green smoothie for breakfast, BIG salad with simple oil and vinegar dressing for lunch and a cooked meal for dinner??? (lean meat with lots of veggies/salad). Lots of water, herbal teas and fruit/veg for snacks. Are you exercising? What kind of cereal are you eating? no fat dressing - out of a bottle? There are many recipes for salad dressing here in the Raw Food Rehab that you can whip up in seconds in your blender and taste so much better than the store bought dressings. One thing I have learned is that food items labelled as "no fat" actually cause you to gain weight so best to avoid them altogether. If you really want to eat bottled salad dressing, go for the vinegar based ones and avoid the "Fat Free" types, just have less of the regular ones. Almond milk also can be high in fat so maybe try having water in your smoothie instead. Hope this helps!!! It can be so frustrating, I also can relate first hand!!! I am still new to the "Raw" world and am learning with each new day but slowly am making permanent healthier changes. This won't happen overnight and just may take some time. Be good to yourself, you are doing something very good for your body!!!! Start journalling and meditating.....It's not just about what we feed our bodies but also what we feed our minds!!

Keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will reap many rewards!

Sincerely,

Sandra

I don't put salt in anything & I know the 1 cup of cereal I have that's whole grain & the lean chicken & turkey breast I have do not have any salt to speak of.  I am very confused. 



Kati S said:

First off - I want to remind you that almost every raw vegan out there said at one point that they could never go 100% raw. I know I did! ;p

I can't tell you exactly what the problem is.

It's definitely good that you're trying to keep your diet low in fat. That's a problem most people initially going raw run into.

My first suggestion is to ditch the meat and go 100% vegan. Despite all the adds and studies conducted by the animal product industry, humans are not designed to eat meat, and it can wreak havoc on our systems.

My second suggestion is to cut out salt. This can be hard, as almost all prepared foods contain salt. However, its totally worth it. Lots of people lose 10+lbs just from cutting the salt. I lost 5 when I took that step, and I didn't even know I had any weight to lose! I also started feeling way better and even looking healthier when I cut the salt.

Also it's worth mentioning that I "gain" 5+lbs in a day! After a meal, I weigh 105lbs. When I wake up in the morning (after peeing and defecating, ect) I weight 100. So the gain could be just food weight. 2lbs really isn't that significant.

Good luck, & peace (:

"Just keep adding in the good stuff, it will eventually crowd out the bad stuff" David Wolfe.

We are all on our own journey and must make changes in our own way. Not everyone can go 100% all at once. I would love to go 100% but I live with carnivores and I have food addictions that I fight with everyday but one day at a time I am making better choices.....For a lot of people it is not that easy. I wish I had a personal Raw Food chef!!!!

Paula, you are making many great choices and you can be very proud of yourself for that!!!

I agree that humans are not designed to consume and digest animal protein but you need to make the choices that you can live with.

Increase your intake of fruit, veggies, water and GREEN SMOOTHIES!!!! Eat as much fruit and veggies as you want!!!! You may not be consuming enough calories and your body is holding/storing what you are eating as fat (starvation mode).

Give it a try

Sandra

Hi Sandra,

The almond milk I use only has 3 grams of fat & 1 gram sat. fat in 1 cup which is all I use.  I do use bottle dressing that is low in fat but I did see ones on the site just need to get to a health store to get the ingredients.  I will do it this weekend if we don't get more snow.  I do exercise but not like I should.  I am working on changing that this week.  I've been so busy I am just happy I have been able to keep eating healthy.  I drink tons of water & always have as I don't like soft drinks.  I will try as you suggested for a week & see if I see a change.  I usually eat Muti Grain Cheerios or Kashi cereal.  Thanks so much.

Sandra Cyr said:

Drastic changes to our diets can be a shock to the body and everyone is different in how they will react. There are no quick fixes and I think you just may need to be more patient with the process. Once your body gets used to the idea that you will no longer be eating all that junk food, it will let go of the extra weight. I am no expert by any means and am also struggling to make permanent changes to my diet with a goal of atleast 80% Raw eventually to be 100%. Judging by your account of intake for a day, it looks to me like you are not eating enough food. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and veggies and of course drink lots and lots of water. Can you incorporate more green smoothies? eg: handful of spinach, frozen/fresh fruit and water. What about trialing for one week: Green smoothie for breakfast, BIG salad with simple oil and vinegar dressing for lunch and a cooked meal for dinner??? (lean meat with lots of veggies/salad). Lots of water, herbal teas and fruit/veg for snacks. Are you exercising? What kind of cereal are you eating? no fat dressing - out of a bottle? There are many recipes for salad dressing here in the Raw Food Rehab that you can whip up in seconds in your blender and taste so much better than the store bought dressings. One thing I have learned is that food items labelled as "no fat" actually cause you to gain weight so best to avoid them altogether. If you really want to eat bottled salad dressing, go for the vinegar based ones and avoid the "Fat Free" types, just have less of the regular ones. Almond milk also can be high in fat so maybe try having water in your smoothie instead. Hope this helps!!! It can be so frustrating, I also can relate first hand!!! I am still new to the "Raw" world and am learning with each new day but slowly am making permanent healthier changes. This won't happen overnight and just may take some time. Be good to yourself, you are doing something very good for your body!!!! Start journalling and meditating.....It's not just about what we feed our bodies but also what we feed our minds!!

Keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will reap many rewards!

Sincerely,

Sandra

How much weight do you need to lose?  If you are close to it, then I would go higher raw....

You're so welcome Paula. I truly know how hard and frustrating it can be, I am there with you right now in this moment!!!! We can support each other!!!

I want to lose 15 pounds where I was a couple of years ago.  If I add more fruit, do you think the sugar will be too much?

Susan : ) said:

How much weight do you need to lose?  If you are close to it, then I would go higher raw....

Thanks!

Sandra Cyr said:

You're so welcome Paula. I truly know how hard and frustrating it can be, I am there with you right now in this moment!!!! We can support each other!!!

Are you getting enough GREENS?  At least 1-2 lbs a day?  Add more fruit in your green smoothies~

Paula said:

I want to lose 15 pounds where I was a couple of years ago.  If I add more fruit, do you think the sugar will be too much?

Susan : ) said:

How much weight do you need to lose?  If you are close to it, then I would go higher raw....

Hi Paula,

The last thing we want to do is confuse you, and as you'll see, everyone will have their own formula of eating that they have found to work best for them. And then many others, like you, are in the process of finding and striking that balance. What works for one individual, doesn't necessarily work for all. 

You most likely have more going on in the big picture. There could be hormonal issues, thyroid, congested liver functions, etc. all of these play a major role in the ability to lose weight. Age plays a role, especially when a person has been eating a typical Western diet for many years. the body gets pretty toxic and it has to come back into equilibrium through cleansing & alkalizing - which can take some time.

You are on the right track with the shifts you are currently making and I applaud you for starting this exciting journey. Keep educating yourself and FOLLOW YOUR guts instincts.  The answers you are seeking are seeking you too!

No I am not getting that much greens in my diet.  I will add more.

Susan : ) said:

Are you getting enough GREENS?  At least 1-2 lbs a day?  Add more fruit in your green smoothies~

Paula said:

I want to lose 15 pounds where I was a couple of years ago.  If I add more fruit, do you think the sugar will be too much?

Susan : ) said:

How much weight do you need to lose?  If you are close to it, then I would go higher raw....

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