How to Lose Weight on a Raw Food Diet


by Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN
Author, Eating for Energy

If you are looking to lose weight, you have probably tried all sorts of ways. You have cut your calories down to the point of near starvation, only to rebound back, putting back any weight you may have lost within mere days of losing it. You have tried cutting out all carbohydrates from your diet, but fallen back to comfort foods time and again. You have tried forcing yourself to exercise, only to miss a day at some point that turns into two days off, then a week, and then no exercise at all. All of these ideas have failed you, because of one key problem. They were diets in the worst definition of the word.

A truly healthy diet is not one that lasts a few weeks, or until a weight loss goal has been achieved. A proper diet is one that is part of a shift in your lifestyle, so that your new way of eating can be sustained for the rest of your life.

For many people, a part of that shift is to consume more raw foods and they have seen dramatic and incredible results from this move. But how can you lose weight on a raw food diet?

First, do not limit your intake dramatically. If you go into a raw food diet expecting to dine on tiny salads for every meal, think again. You should be eating enough to satisfy your hunger; otherwise, you will be looking to snack within a few hours, and snacks are often the least planned and most dangerous food choices. So plan your raw meals to include as much as you need to feel as though you have had a good meal.

Next, you need to ensure that you are eating a variety of food items. If you simply crunch on carrots for every meal, you will tire of that way of eating, no matter how much you like carrots. Instead, try to explore the vast food choices available, and find new and exciting options. If you keep your meals new and adventuresome, you will be less likely to stray back to old comforts.

Next, you need to make sure you are getting the fuel you need. Educate yourself on what vitamins and nutrients you get from each of your favorite foods, and make sure that you are not short-changing yourself in vital areas. If you find that you are deficient in a certain vitamin, consider a supplement, or look for foods to cover the shortfall.

And finally, you need to put that fuel to good use. Even on a raw food diet, it is possible to put on weight. But if you use the energy from that raw fuel, and combine your new diet with an easy-to-follow workout plan, you will see benefits that diet alone cannot ever achieve. Your activities do not have to be ambitious beyond the scope of your abilities. If you are used to no activity, start walking more. Take the stairs once a day. Start slowly, and build. Don’t try for a marathon the first week - just get moving.

If you can follow these simple steps, you will lose weight, and not just for now. Stick with it, and your new body will be around for years to come.



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