View Full Version : Is this normal, or am I a FREAK??
02-05-2007, 12:43 PM
Been raw for 2.5 weeks now! Have a problem. I weigh 230 and guess what? The scale is tipping nowhere! Its actually tipping towards the 231 mark.
The advice I was given was, eat what u want. So I am. Been eating tons of greens, nori wraps, fruit, and nuts (mostly almonds). I am certain my calories are below what they used to be, so any ideas as to what may be going wrong. I don't expect to lose tons, but a pound would have been nice. :):):)
A friend of mine said that I need protein to lose weight (she is into the blood type diet and I am an O) So I am confused?!
Anyhoo, great site, love the new beginning, I just hope I can stick with it!
02-05-2007, 12:55 PM
You can check calories on fitday.com.
Could be the almonds.
I don't track my intakes, just eat when I'm hungry, but I don't have a weight problem. My suggustion would be to drop nuts and seeds for a week. Avocadoes too, if you eat them. You don't eat oils, do you? Those can be quite problematic . The thing that helped me lose a lot was not eating overt fats, and not eating salt, except for that which is naturally present in veggies, and occationally some rinsed sea veggies.
Keep eating raw, and drink lots of water.
Your body knows what it needs.
02-05-2007, 01:06 PM
I'd say drink lots of water if you're not already and work out if you're not already.
I started at 224 and lost 7 pounds in three weeks without much exercise and slipping here and there on SAD food. I didn't really monitor what I was eating and ate avocados (yum!) and plently of nuts too.
if you want to see what I ate, you can read my journal.
sorry, I wish I could help more.. I know every body is different...
like I said earlier.. if you aren't exercising or drinking much water during the day, those two things will definitely help you lose quicker!
good luck!!! :p
02-05-2007, 01:10 PM
Give it time. 2.5 weeks is nothing. Do not expect miracles. Your body is detoxing. It WILL work.
Don't count calories
Don't weigh yourself
Don't give up
DO - get Alissa's book
DO - incorporate some green smoothies (see thread floating around)
DO - drink massive, no - insane amounts of water!
DO - eat 100% raw - are you?
02-05-2007, 05:48 PM
Well.. I wouldn't go overboard on nuts if you want to lose weight.
swap out the almonds for some fruits and veggies, maybe some crackers.
Too many nuts can keep the weight on you.
02-05-2007, 06:26 PM
I'll assume that you're trying to be active, and just remind you that, especially if you've recently started being more active... muscle weighs more than fat, but takes up half the room....
Outside of that, I agree, you may want to use care with the nuts. However, that being said, if you're eating a lot of fruit, and you have undiagnosed diabetes, that could be a problem, too. Fruits aren't bad for you, just that if they create an insulin spike, the liver may dump sugar into your blood to compensate. At that point, you become somewhat insulin resistant, which can help you gain fat.
If that is the case, all you need to do is keep with it, because your body will adjust if you give it some time.
02-05-2007, 06:55 PM
You might wish to read this post ... especially the third paragraph:
02-05-2007, 06:56 PM
Hello and welcome Raw Beginner!
Personally, I eat a lot of nuts and they don't put weight on me. I would recommend doing a bit of exercise, drink lots of water, and try different foods/combinations to see if something works better for you.
02-05-2007, 06:57 PM
I'm a newbie as well and have noticed the same thing.
I'm eating nuts and seeds but not to an over extent considering the meat and cheese I used to eat.
I am now opting to just stay off the scale for awhile.
My IBS is undercontrol and I feel so much better. The weight loss will come after we get this all figured out.
Alissa said to make sure we eat enough and so when I'm hungry I eat. I listen well. LOL :)
02-05-2007, 07:10 PM
I bloated up alot at first. My body started hoarding what I ate. The weight started coming off down the road when I had stopped looking for it.
02-05-2007, 07:28 PM
I say ...get rid of the scale..put it in the closet for a few months. I have been getting skinner but don't think I lost much weight. I haven't weighed myself in years cause I was always so afraid. But after eating raw food for awhile...I wanted to weigh myself. For the first time in years...and what do I weigh? 216 pounds :confused: I thought fer sure it would be under 200. My pants fit loose. I could wear pants that I haven't been able to wear in years. You know those pants you save...in case you get skinnier? So yeah...I belive what Nimmanu said about muscle weighing more and taking up less space. So, belive the raw lifestyle is working for you ..because you feel better and your clothes are feeling a bit looser. Hope this helps. :o
02-05-2007, 08:13 PM
I appreciate everyones feedback.
I will try to lay off the nuts and banana for a while. :)
02-06-2007, 05:09 AM
That was my prob too I think. I made raw complicated and I was like using at least 10 ingredients in each meal.. but although at first I didn't know why I gained weight, I stopped wondering. I've gone back to simple raw like I did the first 2 weeks when I lost 2 lbs. I rather loose small like 2 lbs bi weekly then gain 10lbs a month like I did when I made raw fancy. I eat salads and fruits. I am going to use my dehydrator for simple treats and for crackers when we watch movies because I don't want to bring sweet chilli heat Dorito's back in the house :eek: Cause those are GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD :(
02-06-2007, 12:38 PM
I have to agree w/everyone when they said two things.. first.. GET RID OF THE SCALE! I didn't want to be disapointed like the first time I went raw two years ago, I was weighing myself, getting discouraged, and quit. This time around I took the batteries out and hid it so I wouldn't be tempted to weigh myself. The first month I didn't think I was loosing ANY weight at all.. I still have not weighed myself.. fast forward 90 days and I went from a size 12 to a size 6!! The second month a raw foodist told me to stop making so many gourmet meals with nuts and that my body would look different.. well, he was correct! I now eat them sparingly but not at with every meal every day.
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