Over the last 18 months of eating high raw with some cooked starches at night I put on weight. A matter of about 5 kilos, but for me I was unhappy carrying this extra weight.
I felt heavy and loaded down and just not ready and raring to get out the door and exercise at any opportunity, like I am today.
I intuitively knew that getting back to fully raw would help me lose this unwanted weight.
I had a plan. I was going to eat as close to 100% raw as I could, run a TINY calorie deficit and include a session of bodyweight exercises in my day.
I set up cronometer for a ½ a pound loss per week, which is barely anything. I did this because I didn’t want to shock my body by eating a whole lot less. My experience with doing this in the past is that it has led to bingeing.
And when I weighed myself yesterday I happily discovered that I had lost just over 2kgs in about 7 weeks!
So I’m definitely going to continue working with this plan until I reach my goal weight!
Today on a plate:
Breakfast – 1 Litre of grape/lettuce juice (about ½ of each)
Lunch – 1 Litre of grape/lettuce juice, 3 lady finger bananas
Afternoon – sweet chilli zoodles (zucchini, diakon radish, corn, tomato, chilli cilantro, dates), low-fat guacamole (tomatoes, zucchini, avo, lime, coriander, celery), Some more celery, cos lettuce and red bell pepper.
Dinner – 5 lady finger bananas
Calories for the day were – about 2419
Ratios: (89% carbs/6% fat/5% protein)
Water – ½ litre (no enough!) A lot of juice though.
Sleep – 7 hours (severely underslept at the moment – too much on my mind)
Exercise – 30 min yoga video; 20 min walk with dogs and friends up and down hill, a few hours of housework
Quote for the day:
Food for my brain today: A lovely social time with friends today, surprising them with my chilli noodle spiralizer creation!
If you’re wanting to lose weight, a 100% raw food diet cannot be beat. I find my satiation point MUCH more easily when I eat raw foods, and for me that’s the key to losing weight. It also gives me loads more energy and motivation to exercise, so I’m more likely to burn more calories too.
How about you? Can you lose weight including high carb, low fat starches and complex carbohydrates in your diet? Some people can. Some can’t. Lucky you, if you’re one of the ones who can!
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