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05-14-2007, 01:38 PM
Hi all I have not introduced myself, but that is besides the point. I am an avid reader of this site and looking for some insight from all you long term raw foodists. I am doing the 30 day raw challenge. I have been raw for 15 days and am loving it. I am doing raw for many reasons, one being weight loss. I am about 20 lbs over my ideal. Currently I am 5foot 6in and weigh between 143-145 lb. I would like to be 125lb. I have always struggled with my weight, but over the last couple years I have made my health and fitness my life style, but the last 20lbs have always stayed on despite regular excercise and fairly good eating. So I decided to go raw feeling that it is how my body should be fed. The first week the weight literally melted off, I ate as much as I wanted whatever I wanted and dropped 6-7 lbs (it was like magic). But the second week I have not lost anything, totally platued. This always happens between 140-145. So I have been cutting back on my fats and oils, but still no weight loss. I am frustrated and confused. I drink kombucha and am active at least 5 days a week if not more. Am I just being impatient? I just really don't want to fail at losing the last 20lbs they have to come off at some point right?
05-14-2007, 01:57 PM
yes you are being impatient. Just focus on staying raw. The rest will follow. Drink tons of green smoothies. Enjoy the fact that you are onto something that is going to change the way you feel and look. We have been raw for 3 months. I have lost 25 pounds and my husband has lost 35. There was a few weeks where my weight stayed the same. I just rode it out and soon enough ..the weight was dropping off again. I think the green smoothies really helped and the enemas too. I have more energy now and now there is no stopping me. You will get there....keep talking to us on here. There is tons of great advise.
05-14-2007, 02:19 PM
I lost the first 20 pounds and plateaued as well. This seems to happen every five pouns or so now as I get into the home stretch of reducing. (I'd like to drop about 15-20 more to be really really lean). I find that I can bust through these plateaus when I
Stop thinking about it and remind myself that MAYBE my body needs to hang out there to take some time to lower it's perceived "set point" before we move on.
I reassure it that we are not starving by having a treat/feast of healthy food
Sometimes, though it seems counterintuitive, your body will relax aenough to let go of more weight when it knows good food is still coming in...so have a banana-cherry vanilla smoothie!
Take a couple of days off the exercise thing. When fitness models compete, they take a couple of days off pre-competition to let their muscles and tissues lean out and depuff. The relaxation counters any inflammation and allows them to purge excess fluids.
When you resume exercising after a little rest, switch up the rotation a bit. Try endurance training. It really leans you out, and activates muscle that burns fat for fuel instead of sugar.
Speaking of that...eat some fat, have sugars with moderate fruit, soaked and sprouted nuts ( I think a little good fat flushes bad fat), stay hydrated and leave sodium off your plate. It obviously bloats you, AND it slows fat loss and detox.
05-14-2007, 08:24 PM
Don't worry about it! I lost 20 kg on raw but I did not lose steadily. I lost for two weeks, then plateaued for three, then started losing again, and so on. Right now I'm under 60 but I don't consider that my real weight (which is 61, until further notice) because I'm healing my leg and haven't felt like eating big salads.
05-14-2007, 08:30 PM
First off - welcome! And second - yup, I agree with Tori. BE PATIENT. There may be other factors that your body is doing before the weight will budge. Or maybe you aren't meant to weigh what you "feel" you should. Do you look overweight? Are you OVERweight? Or are you going by a chart created saying for your height you should weigh yaddah, yaddah? I really did not start raw (100% btw) for weight purposes. I wanted to be healthy, to live, to NOT live in pain. The weight was secondary. Don't obsess with it. Don't weigh yourself for a few weeks and then maybe you'll be pleasantly surprised. Just stick with raw. Your body will do what it needs to do. Mine did. Mine healed my thyroid and healed itself of migraines; all in less then a year!
Hang in there and once again, welcome!
You just had a huge weight loss last week. It may take your body sometime to adjust from that! Now I wouldn't expect that kind of weightloss going forward. 1-2 pounds is considered a healthy weightloss a week. Losing small amounts of weight a week is what is best for your body. Just relax and don't worry about it and weight it will come off! Maybe your body is doing something else right now like healing itself, etc.
If you desire to lose weight going forward keep hydrated and drink your water it is really important especially since you work out so much. Being dehydrated can actually make your body hold onto weight. When you drink enough water it actually helps you burn more calories and will help you flush out toxins in your body. Try to drink distilled water and add lemon to it. Lemons make the water more alkaline and when we have an alkaline system we will release weight easier.
Best wishes to you - it sounds like you are off to a great start just be patient! I would love to be 145!:)
05-14-2007, 10:42 PM
Most of us have a S.A.D. history that affects us more than we realize. I was just reading yesterday that those who are overweight should do a colon cleanse. Also, a candida cleanse was mentioned, but I am hesitant to endorse anything until I've had more chance to research it.
Kevin Trudeau, in a chapter entitled, "How to lose weight effortlessly and keep it off" stated:
"If you are overweight, I guarantee you that your digestive system is slow and sluggish... cleansing the colon will dramatically increase your metabolism, and you can lose up to 10 pounds by simply getting rid of the embedded toxins in your colon."
He's speaking here in the context of natural cures that have been long suppressed by the powerful, special interest groups and gov't agencies to whom they are married. His book can be absolutely infuriating to read, and so I don't recommend it to all. The hard copy I have runs $30. He is crusading against unspeakable wickedness in high places.
I am looking at various kinds of cleanses in the not-too-distant future to assist in weight loss and overall internal hygiene. :cool:
05-15-2007, 10:47 AM
Lemons make the water more alkaline and when we have an alkaline system we will release weight easier.
Interesting thing about the lemons. I craved lemons in my water for a few weeks and that's when the scale finally moved again. But I don't really crave it right now..so I think I will wait till my body tells me it's time to drink more lemon water. But I have been having a huge orange juice craving. It's really cool how my brain and my body are finally working together to make me healthy. :)
05-15-2007, 12:08 PM
It's really cool how my brain and my body are finally working together to make me healthy.
So true! I can't STAND cucumbers, but for the past few weeks I had been craving them, even having some dreams about them! When I checked out all the foods I was consuming, and what vitamins I needed: there it was, Vitamin K!!
05-15-2007, 08:17 PM
Pinkrosebud, I'm having a very similar experience. With 12-18 pounds to lose depending how optimistic I am, I lost 6.5 the first week and only 1.5 the second. But just think how well we're doing on average! :) I'm also lifting weights, so am hoping I'm adding muscle while losing fat.
Morn, thanks for the tips on water and lemon. I'm definitely not drinking enough and know it will help with weight release will be yet another motivator.
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