Then I decided to go vegan for animal rights reasons and I wondered if I would lose any weight.
I could definitely say that eating fruits and vegetables is the only way I have ever discovered to lose any weight longterm.
But now I realize that a lot of people who have accepted their body size after having failed at hundreds of diets as most have, have never tried eating a high carb low fat lifestyle, because it is very counterintuitive and seems crazy when you first hear about it.
On the other hand, fruitarianism allows you to never restrict your calories, yet still lose weight. You keep the fat in your diet really low…because fruits and vegetables have very little fat in them. What I have realized is the amount of fat you need to eat to lose weight is so small that people would cry when they heard it.
I tried to lose weight my whole life before finding fruitarianism, and it sounded insane to me too when I started. But many people are not very open minded and don’t like to give things a shot before dismissing them completely. I agree that keeping your calories from fat at under 10% of your total calories will make you lose weight.
Or you can do something like Raw till 4, and for dinner have something very low in fat like potatoes or rice with a fat free sauce. Some people would rather die than eat this way probably, but there are a lot of benefits that make it worth it. For example, when I drink a fruit smoothie in the morning, I literally feel like sliding into a split as I drink it. But when I eat something high in fat, like hummus which has oil in it usually, I feel like sliding into a chair and relaxing. I also feel like I am eating real food and feel really glad that I have gotten away from all the marketing  of processed foods. To be honest, I hate telling people about ways they can lose weight because I hate the idea of implying that people should try to be thin when I know that people are beautiful at every size, but I also feel like if someone does want to lose weight anyway, and is open to making a huge but healthful lifestyle change, then I owe it to them to tell them about what worked for me.
And 1 disclaimer: remember to brush your teeth very well twice a day when starting a fruitarian diet, because all the sugar in fruit can cause cavities but not if you brush your teeth thoroughly.
I would not feel comfortable removing that last line, as I know I’m not the only person who has experienced tooth problems as a result of dramatically increasing the fruit in their diet. I’ve heard many say following food combining rules makes all the difference in the world.
So to sum up, maybe try not eating so many calories, but only till satisfied, eating more whole fruit instead of smoothies, trying fully raw, experimenting with a starch based mcdougall lifestyle, or sticking it out for the long haul. I am 2.5 months into RT4, was happy with my weight when I started, and have now put on 12 lbs! However, I am seriously questioning whether I should change things up a little given my current little project. Right now I am eating bananas, dates, romaine lettuce, potatoes, rice and pasta with salsa and an occasional avocado — pretty standard Freelee guidelines. I really believe in the science and I have stuck with it and finally I have released the last 15 lbs so 40 in total over 4 years.
I think there can be a huge amount of metabolism repair to be done depending on the person. Over the four years I lost from low cal then put back on 20 when I went to normal calories. Thank you so much for sharing your experience, as last night was a particularly hard one for me, lying in bed, feeling my skin expand under my chin, thighs, calves, belly, backs of my arms and back.
I wanted to start my first official blog post with a recent nutrition adventure I have been on. This entry was posted in FAV Nutrition and tagged fitness, nutrition, vegan on June 1, 2013 by surquidi. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. There's never been a better time to reap the rewards of an animal-friendly, vegan lifestyle. Arugula and beet juice are considered performance-enhancing vegetables and can actually aid in oxygenating the blood to help you go that extra mile, and coconut water is a great way to hydrate and it’s high in electrolytes.
I thought I was eating very healthfully, and I enjoyed great health through all of my teen years and early twenties, almost never becoming sick.
The media is constantly harassing you to lose weight and yet giving you advice that will never allow you to lose weight longterm and maybe even cause you to gain weight instead.
If you restrict your calories to try to lose weight, your body will panic and you will get verrrrrrry hungry. I don’t have a way of testing this, but things that used to be hard in my dance class are a lot easier for me now.
My hope is to make this magazine like a co-op…bringing vegans together to create a monthly piece of work targeted toward vegan women or women thinking about going vegan.

I have been transitioning into a vegan lifestyle and mostly raw at that and had been gaining weight.
I have heard that vaguely about acidic fruits, but never stated so clearly…i will do that. I am by no means a health guru but you always hear too much fruit is bad because sugar is sugar. Certain foods digest at different speeds than other foods, so when they meet in the stomach they can cause unpleasant reactions. On the other hand, if you eat too little calories especially in the beginning you will have cravings and not be able to stick to eating only healthy foods. Have read soooo many things about not having enough fat causing thinning and dullness in hair.
I have been hearing that some people who gain on raw till 4 have had weight loss success switching to a starch based mcdougall lifestyle (like jojo, check out her youtube channel fantastic idea lets do it). I remember swayze from fit on raw (her youtube channel) saying as soon as she started adding salads into her daily meals and more vegetables in addition to fruits she lost weight. My original goal was to detox from nuts & cacao, in order to cleanse my body and hopefully get pregnant.
I don’t want to restrict at this time, but I am concerned to be carrying this much extra wt so early in the game. I think as I worked out to improve my metabolism and ate raw til 4 my body found the balance.
I am so thrilled to follow along and be taught by someone who has so much passion for nutrition and care for others.
If you’re concerned about not getting enough protein to maintain your fit lifestyle, think again. Veganism is gaining momentum as more and more professional athletes turn to a plant-based diet as a way to enhance performance, proving it’s possible to be extremely active on a plant-based diet. In the first couple of months she tried restricting her calories to 1200 Kcals (a big no no of the Banana Girl Diet) and ended up binging, consequently gaining 10-15lbs pounds which she had worked hard to lose. I was vegan for about 6 months, before I decided to start eating more fruits and vegetables when I started learning about fruitarianism, a form of raw veganism. Sometimes I look in the mirror in the morning and am like wow, I did not look like this before. I am almost positive eating a lot of dates when I first started eating raw and not brushing properly caused tooth problems for me, which luckily healed on their own over time and I didn’t need any fillings, even though the dentist told me I was making a huge mistake (luckily i got a second opinion). I started Raw till 4 two weeks ago and have already put on a considerable amount of pounds.
Like Freelee and Durianrider recommend unlimited carbs and would say you are eating the perfect amount and eventually long term you will lose it all plus more and look like freelee.
I was a little disheartened by all the hype on commentary on-line but then I found your post and feel like I’m not losing my mind.
I was eating more veggies and I am eating rice an potatoes, no oil except for a treat…but I am still feeling concern about eating 20 dates and 4 bannanas for breakfast then more bannanas and apples for lunch…? I try never to worry about high cals either, because I’ve found over time I lost weight and never once restricted my cals.
It is amazing that when she had been fully raw for 2 years (as I saw in a video she posted recently) she was still chubby and people used to say she was too fat to be a fruitarian…I believe her that it really has taken all of 5-7 years for her to lean out the way she has. Very useful info exclusively this shutting section I personally retain such information considerably.
Legendary boxer Mike Tyson, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, TV icon Ellen Degeneres are just a few of the many celebrities popularizing the movement and taking a stand for animals. Foods rich in protein like quinoa, legumes, soymilk and tempeh are expanding the options for meat-substitutions. I need to do an updated post cause I have started doing very strict raw till 4 (like eating no foods with oil in them whatsoever) and have lost even more weight even though I am eating better tasting foods. But then people like Andrew Perlot and Swayze foster say they gain when they eat more than like 2000-2500, but then durianrider makes videos about them saying what idiots they are…so who knows!!!
I do find it stressful to stuff down all the necessary calories and feel uncomfortable afterwards. I’ve heard it is good to go to different grocery stores and check the ripe fruit in the bargain bins.
So you have to figure out how much fruit is enough to keep you full and satisfied without overeating. I did not know about it, so I just jumped in, but if I had known about it, I probably would not have tried.
For me too…I never feel I am rapidly losing weight, but over the past year and a half I have definitely lost weight.
Some thoughts: One thing Ellen Fisher, who is a raw vegan with an awesome blog mangoislandmamma, told me is that sometimes smoothies are not that great because you drink the whole thing no matter whether you go past your point of hunger or not.
Veggie burgers, meatless meatballs, almond-milk, and pea-proteins are among the alternatives readily available in the supermarket that make it easier than ever to transition to a plant-based diet.

I was inspired by this guy potato strong’s website and make his potato recipes a lot for dinner, and I feel I look a lot thinner now.
When I was doing fully raw…I was making it to around 2500 a day using cronometer and I was losing tons. Not to sayy greens aren’t important, but maybe focus on eating fruit for breakfast and lunch and a salad with dinner!
Also I have heard you can get good deals if you explain to people at farmer’s markets you are fruitarian and tell them you will be buying a ton of fruit. On the other hand, some people like sasha from rice and raw recommend packing in the fruit like freelee does saying it makes her feel a lot better when she eats very high calorie even though its hard to get it all down. You feel amazing but it is difficult because it takes so much preparation, having ripe fruit on hand at all times and dealing with eating socially. The sugar is evil people are ahead for now and basically everyone thinks it is common knowledge that carbs make you fat and sugar is evil.
But on raw till 4 which I am doing now…I stopped using cronometer and stopped worrying about carbing up and drinking like ten banana smoothies, which has been a lot less stressful.
I use egg whites in all my baking, I love making omelettes, I LOVE sunny side up eggs, etc.
I just eat till I am full but don’t force it down like I was trying to do to make sure I was getting enough cals. I am trying to be patient and see if my body is truly healing like Freelea and Durianrider suggest.
I hope you will keep us updated on your youtube how your journey continues to go… very interested!
I tried doing the low carb thing basically my whole life as I always wanted to lose weight. I still wonder if I should be eating more and if that would make a huge difference in my energy levels though. Also, I have been wondering about freelee’s advice to get 2500 cals minimum and drink 1000 calorie plus smoothies. I wish I had been keeping close track of my weight, but I vowed to not worry about weight and just stick with the lifestyle longterm so I barely weighed myself at all.
But let me know what else you have heard about it, and let me know if you have any problems with it!! I feel it is good in one way as it helps people get over calorie restriction and not fall off the lifestyle completely. Just recently I weighed myself and noticed I’d lost ten pounds from where I was a year ago.
However for me, I don’t feel I am in danger of falling off the wagon completely and going back to eating animal products even if I do get really really hungry.
But when I tried this underground totally counter intuitive HIGH CARB thing, it worked and I finally lost weight. But yeah, not everyone agrees with them on eating 2500-3000 cal minimum, and many people say they gain when they do this. I asked doug graham about this at the woodstock fruit festival…I was like is it true if you drink more calories you will have more energy and he was like no not at all. Just to give a really basic answer, fruit comes in the perfect package of fiber along with it’s sugar that helps the sugar to digest perfectly. I urge everyone to try just eating 20 bananas in one day and see for yourself the difference in your skin alone. My weight loss took like this whole year so longterm I think things will even out, but it takes a really long time. But yeah, I totally get where you are coming from because basically every thing and every person in every mainstream news source is constantly saying sugar is evil. It honestly makes me sad to see people restricting their calories so much and cutting out all the foods that would give us energy… every cell in the body runs on sugar. Will you please comment on my Facebook page or blog when you get the book and let me know your thoughts.
Other ideas for you to try that I have heard people talk about frequently for weight loss: try eating water rich fruits like melons rather than fruits like bananas and dates.
His savory veggie stew recipes are really good and I recently bought his recipe for raw spaghetti with a special sauce that he keeps sending emails out about saying it will help you lose a ton of weight.
I like his newsletters a lot, they are very informative, even though he can be a bit wacky. He sent out an email today talking about how not everyone can eat all the fruit they care for and stay slim like freelee and durianrider say.

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