Anthony posted a recent blog where he made the straightforward, simple, and true point that we can’t all just eat anything we want, as long as its raw. I was actually going to write about that exact thing in my last post, so I’m glad its being brought up.
We’re definitely all different, and many people, especially if they are very overweight, may be able to eat anything and everything, so long as it is raw, and see weight melt off of them.
I was one of the people who came to raw foods believing that I can have complete abandon about quantity, types of foods, time of day to eat, and activity level, and I could lose weight. As long as it had that magical, panacea word ‘RAW’ attached to it, I was golden… right?
Wrong. I was a size 14 when I went 100% raw. At this point, I’d already been mostly organic and vegan for over a year. Rather than losing weight, I gained about 7 lbs immediately. My weight stayed that high for a good 5 months of being 100% raw. It wasn’t until I started to make some changes that my weight budged at all. I cut down a little on the raw fats, ate a bit less altogether and exercised a little more (which isn’t saying much) and dropped to a size 10. Then, I went on the Juice Feast and dropped to a size 6/8, which is about where I am now.
However, I could easily, and very quickly, gain back the 30 lbs I’ve lost if I wanted to – and I could do it on 100% raw foods. Furthermore, I’m actually still aiming to lose some more weight to get to where I feel most comfortable, and I can tell you its not going to happen until I make some further refinements to my diet and I increase my activity level even more (right now I exercise about 3.5 hours per week).
In the time I’ve been at the Tree of Life, where we serve gourmet raw food buffet style, I have seen far more women (and some men) come here and gain weight than lose weight. Why? The same old thing we’ve heard – You increase your calorie intake, including dense and fatty foods, without upping your activity level, you gain weight.