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Raw Food Diet Weight Loss

Discover effortless weight loss and vitality with a plant-based diet



On a healthy raw food diet weight loss is easy!

It took me a long time to figure that out though, which is why I decided to write this page and share my story. I struggled with disordered eating habits my whole life. My sisters were obsessed with their weight, constantly dieting, and I followed their example, not eating for days and fainting regularly from lack of food.

I used to enjoy dizzy spells - a sign of my willpower and fortitude! I was thin, but constantly sick, depressed and tired, and didn't ever feel thin enough anyway.

I used to make batches of fudge and devour them in one hateful sitting. I used to make scones and toffee and eat a slab of chocolate every day.

It never once occurred to me that I might be deficient in something, something really obvious that would satisfy my supposed 'sweet-tooth'. Fruit!

Organic bananas

I started eating more fruit when I went vegan, and gradually increased my intake of fruit and vegetables as I started learning more about permaculture, health and nutrition.

Suddenly, my skin started glowing, I stopped having mood swings and depression, migraines decreased, my brain started working in high-gear and basically my life started changing.

I started off doing high-raw, did a few all raw detoxes, a fast here and there, and then embraced eating all raw for periods of up to six months.

Suddenly, my skin started glowing, I stopped having mood swings and depression, migraines decreased, my brain started working in high-gear and basically my life started changing.

Melissa ANdrews completes 10 km marathon

 

However, I'm still learning, still experimenting.

The one thing that has remained constant is my weight, which ranges between 49 kgs (108 pounds) and 54 kgs (119 pounds), irrespectively! And that 54 kgs comes after months of hardly any exercise when scootering around Southern Africa. Not bad.

 

Buying local pineapples in Mozambique

 

Add to that my increased energy and zest for life and you have a winner.

While I can't really say that I lost a whole heap of weight on raw (because I never had too much to lose after embracing ordered eating) I was, and still can be, what is commonly known as 'skinny fat'.

I gained more sculpted muscles - you have to put all that energy somewhere - lost some of the stomach fat (I used to get asked if I was pregnant!) and the love handles and got better skin, clearer eyes, more focus (zero brain fog) and much more (check out raw food diet benefits).

Melissa Andrews Melissa Andrews model

 

So it's not all about massive weight loss. It's also about sculpting and redefining what you have, and becoming a better person, inside and out.

But if weight loss is the only reason you're keen on going raw, I have to offer you a word of caution.

The most important thing about the raw food diet (and the word diet is a misnomer) or raw lifestyle, is that it is one that is primarily about HEALTH.

If you start out thinking you want to eat mostly salad and treat yourself to one piece of fruit a day (diet mentality), this lifestyle is not for you, because you are going to get thin but you're also going to get sick. And you have to ask yourself, is that the price I am prepared to pay?

Let me stop you in your tracks immediately if your answer to that is yes.

There is no raw food diet weight loss that is sustainable or long-lasting unless you combine it with healthful living.

Which means ENOUGH WHOLE, FRESH, RIPE, ORGANIC RAW fruit and vegetables to give you good nutrition and suficient calories to sustain your healthy functioning, combined with exercise, sleep and natural sunlight (for the essential Vit D).

Weight loss on the raw food diet is about an abundance of fruit, which will satisfy your hunger, fuel your daily exercise (and your brain) and leave you fitter and more productive than ever before.

Simply put - we're like a car. If you don't put fuel in the engine, you are not going to go.

On a healthy raw food diet weight loss is so easy it's almost effortless. It's amazing that you can eat as much raw food as you would like and still lose body fat.

I love this book on weight loss - okay sure it's written by my sister, so you might say I'm biased - but truly, in my personal experience this stuff works. So download this 170-page ebook and learn how to discard the 'eat less' brainwashing and truly begin to nourish your body and mind for the first time.

 

  • Get an understanding of why we gain weight in the first place
  • Enjoy case studies of people who were just like you with a 'been there done fat' mentality and discovered that the way to happiness AND ideal weight is an abundance of high-quality plant-based food
  • Get all the knowledge you need to succeed in reaching your ideal weight in a sustainable, easy and fun way!

Food is your friend, food is your fuel, food is what your body needs to function.

Click here to view more details

From fat to fabulous

 

Need more inspiration? Check out the following raw food diet weight loss pictures and success stories!

Raw Food Diet Weight Loss Success Stories

 

Freelea

 

Freelea before raw food

Freelee went from depression, digestive disorders, systemic candida, acne and weight problems to a thriving athlete and picture of raw food health when she embraced the banana girl diet - a high-carb, low-fat raw vegan diet.

  • Lost: 40 pounds (18 kgs) of fat when eating over 3000 calories a day from fruit
  • Achievements: Rode 3000km solo across Australia
  • Runs half marathon in 1 hr 36 mins

 

 

Michael Arnstein

 

Michael Arnstein before raw food Micheal Arnstein after raw food
  • Michael has lost over 30 pounds (13.5 kgs) of fat on a fruitarian diet and significantly improved his running performance.
  • In July 2012 he ran the 135 mile Badwater ultramarathon and then THREE DAYS LATER ran the Vermont 100 Mile!
  • His average marathon time is 2.28
  • He's also the founder of the Woodstock Fruit Festival

 

Alison Andrews

 

Alison Andrews Alison Andrews working out Girl jumping on trampoline

 

  • Healed spastic colon, frequent migraines and endometriosis on a high-raw diet
  • Founded Loving-it-raw.com, a website dedicated to a high-raw vegan lifestyle
  • Is the author of: From Fat to Fabulous

 

Ali

Ali before

 

  • Ali lost 55 pounds in less than six months (25 kgs)

  • Healed a unknown illness that doctors could not diagnose

Andrew Gregg

Andrew Perlot

  • Healed ulcerative colitis, depression, migraines, acne on a plant-based diet
  • Lost 62 pounds (28 kgs)
  • Happier overall and now competes in Ironman triathlons

     

 

Mark Martell

 

  • From a Standard American Diet (SAD) of processed foods, Mark reached his heaviest at 243 pounds (110 kgs)
  • Healed hemorrhoids
  • Enjoys increased energy /improved performance/ faster recovery/ better overall health/ low body fat/ deeper appreciation of animals and people/better focus.

Julie Groenewald

 

  • Healed constipation, depression, tiredness and irritability, as well as constant on-off flu and fever blisters, skin issues and hormone imbalances
  • Lost 35 pounds (16 kgs)
  • Lost celullite and varicose veins disappeared!

 

Josh Fossgreen

 

  • Struggled with acne, weight issues, lack of fitness
  • Lost masses nearly 50 pounds (23 kgs)
  • Founded Raw Food Freedom
Josh Fossgreen

 


Victoria Arnstein

 

 

  • Struggled with weight issues
  • Marathoner and ultra-marathoner - won a 100km ultra-matharon in 2012
  • 100% fruitarian

 

Long-term Raw Food Diet Weight Loss Successes

 

Then there's 70+ raw vegans Annette Larkins and Mimi Kerk - clearly doing something right.

 

Mimi kerk

 

Annette Larkins

Check out a video interview with Annette below.

 

Of course, not all success stories are raw or even vegan. However, though I believe this diet is intuitively right, I encourage you to do your own research, monitor your body and try keep an open mind.

So what do you think? If you want to lose fat and keep it off - perhaps it's time to start looking at the most natural and effortless way to do so.

From Fat to Fabulous

 

Top 10 Raw food Diet Weight Loss Tips:


So what can you do to start looking like that, you clamour?

  1. First thing you have to do is monitor your fat intake.

    A lot of raw foodists out there replace carbs with fat. A human body doesn't run on fat any better than a car does.

    Why do you think most athletes embrace a low-fat diet?

    If you don't believe me, eat raw fruit and vegetables for two weeks, exercising daily. Add a couple of avocados or a large bag of nuts to your salad on the last day and see how well you run the following morning.

    They are 'healthy' fats in comparison to fried foods and fatty meats, but unless used in moderation (half an avo a day and a handful of nuts or flax seeds), they can slow you down and make you fat. Literally.

  2. Eat enough.

    The most sure-fire way to sabotage your success is to diet.

    It causes you to binge and purge, endlessly trapped in a vicious cycle of loathing and despair.

    Use cronometer.com to ensure you're eating enough to cover your nutritional needs and eat up to 2000 calories a day. If you're exercising a lot, eat more.

    At the height of my fitness I was eating between 2000 and 3000 calories a day and working out for 2.5 hours 6 days a week.

  3. Embrace a loving attitude.

    Yes cliched as it is - it really does help.

    When I was 16 years old I'd been dieting so hectically (coffee and cigarettes for days) and taking so many Thinz (pseudo-ephedrine) that I had an epileptic fit on the floor, to the astonishment and horror of both our cleaner and myself.

    It was an eye-opener for me as I decided to never diet again. Unfortunately that wasn't the end of unhealthy eating, but it was the start of ordered eating. I realised that I had to start eating to be able to function.

    I realised that I wanted to live, and you have to respect yourself to live. And with that began the process of embracing a more loving attitude towards myself.

  4. Throw away your scale. This is not a joke.

    I weigh myself once or twice a year, and generally regret it. Your weight is meant to fluctuate according to the seasons.

    I always put on a bit during winter and shed a lot in summer. It's natural. Weighing yourself and constantly obsessing about weight are your biggest barriers to success.

    Try shift your focus to healthful living and you'll find the weight drops off naturally.

  5. Cut out junk food.

    And by junk food I mean high-fat foods that make you feel tired and depressed after eating them. You know which ones I mean.

    For example kale chips covered in oil and dehydrated might be healthier than French fries, but they're not going to help you lose weight. You can have a slice of raw cheesecake every now and then, but every night, no.

  6. Variety is the spice of life.

    I read a lot about raw foodists who eat mono-meals or who end up living on banana and dates. Bananas and dates are fantastic, high calorie foods, but they can't be all you eat! Enjoy lots of different salads and freshly-squeezed juices, and an incredible variety of seasonal fruits!

    fruit assorted


  7. Take supplements if you need to.

    I am a leery supplement taker, having always thought that nature will provide everything I need in the right quantities.

    However, at the moment I do not grow my own food and I only eat organic when I can get it. I have no idea what the soil quality that the food I'm eating was grown in.

    Thus I now take dried barley life powder (one day I'll get around to juicing my own wheatgrass) and regular B12 shots. I'm also increasingly open to experimenting with supplements, so considering vegan DHA as well.

  8. Don't be hard on yourself.

    If you eat cooked food, or even junk food - just try make the healthiest choices you can make.

    Don't be an all or nothing kind of person who is deeply unhappy about your every decision.

    Just go with what you want and try make a better decision the next day. Focus on what you're doing right and bugger the rest.

  9. Have fun with it.

    Going raw is an adventure. Pretend you're a scientist discovering new things, an inventor coming up with new creations, a chef discovering the joy of cooking (or uncooking).

    Try for that sense of discovery and wonder, that feeling of being creative and learning new things. Go into the kitchen with joy and you'll find you're having the most fun of your life.

  10. Get moving!

    You have to exercise to properly digest food and assimilate nutrients. Even if you have zero time every day or you hate most forms of exercise, a 30 minute walk every day will be enough to get you healthy, and get you losing (and keeping off) that excess fat.


Raw Food Diet Weight Loss Menu

As mentioned, the best way to lose weight (and keep it off) is to eat lots and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.

If you're going to eat cooked, try keep it simple - steamed veggies and starches (sweet potato, butternut, pumpkin, gemsquash etc, and always eat with a big salad!).

At the moment I'm eating a lot of lentil dishes, the occasional thai curry etc, all made myself with mostly organic ingredients. It's not all raw (don't be obsessed with percentages!) but it's right for me now.

Without any more ado, here is a simple raw food diet weight loss menu!


Breakfast:

Fruit, either whole or in a fruit salad, smoothie or green smoothie. Personally I like to stick to fruit smoothies that I drink really slowly for maximum enjoyment and digestion.


Lunch:

Whole fruit. Whatever is easy for you and enjoyable. If you want to eat something savoury, go for a big salad, or add rice for the cooked version.

Snacks:

Dates or whole fruit.


Dinner:

Enjoy a large salad or raw soup (if you're very hungry snack on fresh fruit BEFORE your meal).

For dressings, blend up things like tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, red peppers and herbs - you can make your own pesto too!

I also like to just squeeze lemon over my salads for a fresh, zingy taste. You can also make sweet dressings eg tomato and mango!

If you want the cooked version, do more salad served with steam veggies, add quinoa or rice (try avoid gluten if you can), use buckwheat or rice pasta, make a Thai curry with rice etc.

I like to eat a big salad with a bit of cooked sauce - sometimes I'll eat coconut curry sauce or lentil/tomato sauce over my salad. Yummy!

For great advice on reaching your IDEAL WEIGHT effortlessly and case studies of people just like you that have struggled with the similar issues, get your copy of From Fat to Fabulous: The Smart Girl's Guide to Raw Food Weight Loss ON SALE NOW!

  • Gain an understanding of why we gain weight in the first place
  • Enjoy 170 in-depth and informative pages with real-life case studies
  • Discard the eat-less brainwashing and nourish your body and mind with high-quality plant-based food

From Fat to Fabulous

Or if you're on of those people who like the step-by-step approach, fortunately Alison Andrews has created a comprehensive programme with her husband Jaye Lentin called Raw Kickstart: The Rookie's Guide to Hot, Healthy and High Raw.

This is a series of e-guides that teaches you everything you ever wanted to know about what to eat, how to make it and share it and even what to buy!

It includes an 82 page e-guide that teaches you the basics of how to make sure you're eating enough to get all the nutrients you need, detoxing, supplementation and much more, sharing information and experiences from eight years of plant-based living.

Add to that loads of incredible recipes: cooked, raw, juicing, smoothie, desserts - as well as as video recipe series and shopping guide worth over $300 for only $99.


Related Articles

Click one of the following links and get to know more about health and wellness when you follow a vegan or raw vegan diet.

What is a vegan: In this fascinating article (stacked to the brim with further readings and resources), you'll learn everything you'd ever want to know about becoming a vegan, the difference between a vegan vs vegetarian, vegan nutrition, what a vegan eats, why the vegan diet does more for the environment than anything else a person can do, and why veganism is the compassionate choice.

Raw Vegan Diet: A raw vegan diet is not a diet; it's a lifestyle. A lifestyle that is filled with fabulous health, joy and an abundance of fruit and vegetables. Find out what a raw vegan diet is and how to start your journey to raw veganism.

Raw Food Health: Get passionate about raw food health and nutrition, learn how cooking food destroys its nutrients and how illness and disease becomes a thing of the past with a raw food lifestyle.

The Health Benefits of Olive Oil: If you've ever thought that olive oil is good for you, or heart-healthy, or that you can eat as much good fats as you want, this article is for you. Find out the truth behind the Mediterranean Diet, the effects of a high-fat meal and other mind-boggling information that will change your perceptions for good.

Benefits of a Raw Food Diet: Get inspired! Learn what the top 15 raw food diet benefits really are. If you're looking for clearer skin, more energy, motivation and stamina, better sleep, increased happiness and connection with nature, among others, look no further than the raw food diet.

Save the Earth with a Raw Food Diet: Adopt a raw food diet and reduce your carbon and water footprint instantly, leading to a more sustainable way of living that will ultimately save the earth.

The Human Omnivore or Carnivore Myth: Find out whether there is such a thing as a human omnivore or carnivore in this article. Explore the evolution of man, the anatomical differences between omnivores, carnivores and frugivores, and make up your own mind.

The Longevity Diet: The longevity diet gives you a blueprint for health, happiness and long-lasting life. Discover the diet and lifestyle similarities between the Vicalbamba, Abkhasia, Hunza and Okinawa, who not only live to over 100, but do so in great physical and mental health.

Raw Food Travel Tips: At last, Raw Food Travel Tips allows you to travel as a raw vegan without worrying that you're going to fall off the wagon. Find out the best strategies for remaining committed to raw food, anytime, anywhere.


Article Credits

Images and personal stories taken from:

Raw Food Diet Testimonials

Raw Food Diet Interviews

 

Return from Raw Food Diet Weight Loss to What is a Vegan

Return from Raw Food Diet Weight Loss to Eco-friendly Africa Travel


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