Questions about weight loss
Hey everyone! My name is Becca, and I'm 16. I'm so glad I found this site! I've read a lot about going raw, but I can't seem to get solid answers on some questions.
I'm 5'5", and when I was 14, I weighed 198 pounds. Over the course of a year or so, I went down to 125. (I still ate like crap though. I fell in love with those processed protein bars.) I became "skinny fat", with little muscle tone. I started exercising more, and I started eating more. I gained muscle, but also more fat, and today I'm 152. I'm really hoping to lose about thirty pounds. I want to be lean a fit and healthy for the first time since I was maybe 7 years old.
How many of you had weight loss on a raw diet? And how long did it take you? Did you drop a couple pounds a week; was it really fast or really slow?
Also, this sounds stupid, but what did you eat? Like, over the course of a normal day? I just want some kind of idea. Should I eat just enough to not have a growling stomach? Should I eat even when I feel like I don't need to? I've heard "listen to your body", but what does that mean? If I don't have a growling stomach, but it's been 4 hours since I ate, do I still eat?
Sorry, I'm probably being annoying! I'd really like to go raw, but I don't want to do it wrong.
Another thing.... I'm going on vacation the end of November. I don't expect to be miraculously transformed into this hot skinny chick, but do you think I could be well on my way by that time?
Thanks so much!
Hi and welcome.
It is unlikely that you will not loose a lot of weight to start with. You will hear an odd tale of someone who did not drop the pounds but most people do.
This will happen regardless of what you eat. Your body processes raw food more efficiently than cooked.
Regarding what you eat on a daily basis. It is recommended that you get some greens daily. It is preferable that you take them either as a juice or a smoothie as they are more digestible that way and you only need about 25% to get the same benefit.
You should also get some Essential Fatty Acids daily. Seeds are good for that.
There was a gathering at The Hypocrites Institute some months ago and they came up with a list of recommendations. I will try to find them for you.
There is sufficient in the world for man's need, but not for his greed.
Thanks for your reply! That's really encouraging. I'll definitely do the smoothie thing daily.
Yes, please! The list would be great, if you can find it.
Hey! I'm Becca! :D
Heaviest weight: 198 pounds
Current weight: 152 pounds
Goal weight: 115-120 pounds
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INTERNATIONAL LIVING FOOD SUMMIT III
Vibrant Health Through Plant-Based Nutrition
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Vegan (no animal products of any kind, cooked or raw)
At least 80% raw (the remaining to be Vegan, whole food, and organic)
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Provides excellent hydration with a large proportion of high-water content foods and pure water
Includes raw vegetable juices
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