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Hi all . I am 54 years and have gone comepletely raw. I love the feeling with the diet and how much energy I have. Well I wanted to loose weight . I lost a few pounds on 1300 to 1500 calories a day completly raw. But now I seem to be gaining weight . I havnt changed my eating or anything and wonder what I could be doing wrong. Does anyone have any advice.? Please let me know what I could be doing wrong I have 160 pounds so I need to loose.
Hi Edith ! This is Rayla. I am 56 and needed to lose 120 pounds. I too went raw thinking I'd lose, but didn't. For me it was because of 2 things... FATS and volume. Nuts and avocados and dressings (all raw) had high fat content. I switched to Dr John McDougall's Weight Loss Plan and have lost 67 pounds and only have 53 more pounds to go. The weight fell off fast. His plan is similar to 80/10/10. High carb (fruits and vegetables) and low fat. The only cooked foods I ever eat are steamed potatoes, rice, and if I'm eating frozen vegetables I'll steam them. Best of luck to you finding your own unique path ! ~Rayla
I totally agree with the low fat high fruit/carb diet! Also- what tools are you using to track your calories? I use fitday dot com and have learned TONS about myself, the way I eat and the way I should eat. I have found if my calories are too low I will hold onto what I have. When I bump up my calories to almost near what I actually need I drop a little (I don't really have much to lose tho). If your calories are too low your metabolism slows down, your energy gets low, lose motivation, don't want to exercise, brain fog, depression... your body goes into stress mode which turns on cortisol which stores fat :(
I use MyFitnessPal and I also learned a lot about my eating by tracking all I eat. I LOVE it now and it really helps keep me on track. :-)
That's excellent Rayla! One of the four successful traits of people who lose weight and keep it off is a food journal/ diary- I think these free online tools are a super way to do that... fitday also tracks nutrient/fiber content as well as activities/calories spent and so so much more. I use it to make sure I'm eating enough! and to track my nutrient levels... when your fat calories equal less than 10% of your total caloric intake it can be a real challenge to eat enough food!! :)
@Wendy ... I agree ! And yes, having the online tools that do all the math and work for ya (looking up food content) it makes it SOOO easy to stay on track :-)