View Full Version : what happens if you go back?
09-06-2005, 09:58 PM
I've been contemplating for some time trying to be completley 100% Raw for 30 days, just to see what it is like and if I think I would be able to live my life that way. I have heard that a lot of people lose some weight when the initially become Raw, which would be a welcome change for me. But I'm nervous that, if I find out that 100% Raw is not exactly the lifestyle for me at this time (it could happen), I'll gain back all the weight I might lose in the month that I am 100% Raw.
The main reason I'm worried is because in the next few months I have to be fitted for and order my wedding dress (woo hoo!!). I don't want to lose the weight, order a smaller size, and then gain all the weight back and mess everything up!!
I'm currently vegan, and I try eat a lot of fresh fruits and fresh/steamed veggies every day (I've even tried a smoothie or two) so I'm not sure if I should be as worried as I would be if I were going back to a predominantly meat & potatoes kind of diet.
09-07-2005, 07:37 AM
If you go all raw for 30 days yes, you will lose some weight. If you go back to what you were eating of course you are going to gain the weigth back. Why don't you look at it as "a life style change"? Start changing your diet one day at a time. If your diet is mostly meat and potatoes now you will find that raw makes you feel better. A lot of people don't know what health is until they cleanse their body out more and feel the changes. I am not saying that 100% is for you all I am saying is start making the food choices better and keep the weight off.
09-07-2005, 08:27 AM
If you decide that the raw lifestyle isn't for you and you do lose some weight
during the 30days, maintaining that weightloss is totally up to you afterwards.
If you watch your food intake and excercise I see no reason why you
cannot keep the weight from coming back on...esp. if you eat steamed veggies,
fresh fruit and other healthier cooked choices and keep a vegan diet like you mentioned with no junk food.
So this question will all depend on **you** and your motivation to keep it off
after the 30 days. Whenever I am working out and excercising a lot I am a lot more concious of what I put into my body raw or not.
I'd say if you turn to a SAD diet after the 30 days the weight will creep back on
So go for it! Try RAW and see how vibrant you will feel
:) Congrats on the wedding!!!!
Helen Of Tennessee
09-07-2005, 08:31 AM
What flutterfly said is true for some people.
For me I have found when I go 100% raw I lose weight. When I go back to eating the way I normally do (high raw, vegetarian) I don't gain the weight back, but I stop losing weight.
Last January I went 100% raw for 15 days and lost 12 pounds. I've basically kept those 12 pounds off (weight fluctuating 3 or 4 pounds up and down but basically I'm still 10-12 pounds lighter than I was in December).
It's so hard to know what you're body will do until you try it.
Like flutterfly said, make just a few changes and see how you do. You said you are vegan, so just change a couple of the cooked vegan foods for some raw and see how you do. If you do great, then make a few more changes. If you find you can't handle it then the changes won't be so much that you'll notice much in your weight change.
Just transition slowly and enjoy :D
<>< Helen of Tennessee
09-07-2005, 08:38 AM
I just wanted to add that I lost 24 lbs. in the spring going raw; I fell off the wagon over the summer but maintained most of the weight loss...I gained
a little back (7lbs), but I wasn't being PRO-ACTIVE either and working out, etc...
I was eating out at restaurants a lot and went on vacation to Las Vegas and
party-ing. So if you are PRO-ACTIVE in keeping the wieght off I think you
will be fine (everyone's body is different of course). Also,
being RAW is not all or nothing...you can still eat high raw after the 30days, etc...if that works for you better. Now I am back raw and feeling vibrant again!
09-07-2005, 01:32 PM
I lost nearly 20 lbs after 35 days 99% raw. After just two weeks 50/50 raw/cooked, I gained 6 lbs. Nothing fits anymore and I'm miserable. Once you have a taste of the good-life, you should never turn back. My body is screaming at me now so I must make a new commitment to go raw again.
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