View Full Version : Food issues, gain weight?
10-19-2006, 10:07 PM
Hey, I'm in a kind of tense state about raw.
I'd like to know if there has been anyone 100% raw who has unintentionally gained weight. Do ALL raw foodies keep a slim/lean/healthy figure, regardless of caloric/fat intake?
And I suppose I have to narrow the above question to ONLY people who are/were 100% at the time.
And I'd also like to know average daily calorie intake as well :-\
If their daily caloric intake was well above the daily recommended amount for SAD, and they didn't increase exersize, yet they didn't gain weight, and maintained a leaner than average body weight, I'd LOVE to know.
I can't seem to read enough testimonials these days, and I have to admit, I'm into the whole idea of "raw beauty".
Man this thread is shallow.
.....but responses would be appreciated!
10-19-2006, 11:28 PM
Well I am sure different than most cuz it does not matter if I am Raw or Cooked, I cannot eat alot w/o gaining weight. I am sure this has to do with my diet (restricted) history :rolleyes: I gain on nuts and fats raw or not. For me it is restricted cals or bust ! I tried the eat what ever you want raw (running 30 miles a week ) and I gained.
10-20-2006, 12:23 AM
Myself I eat Toooo MANY FATS........Nuts...Avo.......NUTS and more nuts. So I am ok with not losing any weight. I have taken the high out of blood pressure and that was my goal.....I JUST STAY RAW.............
10-20-2006, 04:49 AM
I am 100% and have gained 5 lbs from my lowest weight but an attributing this to the "false body syndrome".
I probably had gone too low and expect that this is the weight that I should be.
I started raw at 124 lbs and went down to 108 and am now 113.
10-20-2006, 07:22 AM
I am 100% and I'm about the same weight as I was before going raw. I eat whatever I want and like spicyfull I eat a TON of fats, including nuts. My weight is currently 112 pds. Sometimes when I really overdo the nuts for an extended period of time then I will gain an extra 5 pounds, but this doesn't bother me because I really don't want to have to restrict my diet on a daily basis. If I feel like I want to get back down to 112, then I just cut back on the nuts for a week or so and I'm good to go. I never cut out my avocados, because I love them and I work out a lot, so my body needs them.
I have no idea how many calories I am consuming by eating raw, but I think some days it's less than what I used to eat on SAD and some days it's a lot more. It totally depends on how I'm feeling. I think as long as I have a balance, then I will maintain my weight. If I was consistently eating 2 or 3 cups of nuts a day, then I would probably gain weight, but I try to balance my food intake with lots of green leafys. I will say that I work out A LOT less than I did before going raw. Before I was raw, I was working out at least 6 days a week and running approximately 35-40 miles a week. I was really killing myself in the gym! Sometimes, I would go twice a day. Now on raw, I am the same weight and I only go to the gym 3 or 4 days a week. So I'm definitely burning less calories from an exercise standpoint.
Some people don't crave FATS as much as others, but I crave them a lot. My Ayurvedic Constitutional Dosha Type is Vata, and our bodies need a lot of fats. Do you know your dosha type?
10-20-2006, 09:26 AM
Vata types tend to be taller, more slender, and have difficulty gaining weight and building muscle. The vata body type can be compared to the ectomorph. Pitta body types tend to be more athletic and muscular, are inclined to feeling hot, and have an abundance of energy. This dosha is comparable to the mesomorphic body type. The Kapha dosha tends to be softer, bigger boned, and has difficulty losing weight. This dosha shares characteristics with the endomorph body type.
None of those seem to relate to me...
I'm not pitta, but I'm NOT tall nor slender, but I'm definatly not big boned.
And I didn't have difficulty losing weight.
10-20-2006, 09:42 AM
Ok...I used to work out from 2-5 hours a day depending on how much I would eat....trying to lose weight. I denied myself....I occasionally went without eating...I binged. Basically, I was never consistant. I was obese and tired all the time (falling asleep for naps several times a day)...so, I used to drink tons of coffee and have no energy. I struggled through my days and had no weight loss. I felt horrible. (Reason for going raw in the first place!)
I've lost 53 pounds since february. (One of them this week!) :D
I eat whatever I want...as long as it is raw. Sometimes, recently, I have discovered some combos that used to seem good to me...don't work anymore. It's harder for me to digest and I can tell the difference. I'm not as interested in nuts anymore, but I'm getting more into avocados. :rolleyes: I can't combine things as often anymore. The longer I am 100% raw the more I prefer one thing and a hour later....something different.
But I have never owned a dehydrator! So, when I have a craving for gourmet raw...I make a recipe that doesn't require the dehydrator. (I do this around my period more than an other time.) Like raw ice cream...or olive tapenade on celery sticks!
I lost slowly...steadily. Sometimes 1 pound...sometimes nothing and then the next week would be three pounds. It's all averaged out. But it came off without working out like crazy...without starving...without feeling crazy out of control, depressed or guilty.
Eat when you are hungry. Sometimes it will seem like an enormous amount, but eat. As long as it is raw. Your appetite will eventually slow down and get more refined. No one is exactly alike, but if you go 100% raw you will experience healing.
I wish you the best of luck on this journey. It's not a diet...not temporal...it's a lifestyle...a journey. Enjoy the adventure! ;)
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