It’s no secret that many people, raw foodists or not, struggle with releasing unwanted weight.Â Often times this inability to lose weight stems from seemingly uncontrollable cravings for unhealthy cooked foods.Â These cravings often lead to binge eating, which (of course) leads to weight gain.
There is a good chance that you struggle with this problem as well.Â Sure, you might stick to a raw food diet for maybe a week or so, but those killer cravings always seem to rear their ugly heads again.
Once they’re back, it’s all you think about and before you know it, you’re parked at the nearest fast-food joint chowing down on the fattiest, most unhealthy food you can get your hands on.Â You spend the rest of the day feeling guilty and dreading your next visit with Mr. Scale.Â And the cycle continues…
What to do?Â Is there anyway to end this madness?Â Don’t you wish that there was one easy and effective way to finally lose weight? Well, to day is your lucky day!Â Here is the #1 rule for healthy raw food weight loss:
Eat More Food!
Sounds crazy, right? To tackle the weight loss issue, we have to get to the root of the problem: cravings. Many of these cravings can be avoided by simply eating more!Â We are so often told to eat less and less and less for weight loss.Â This is not the answer.Â Eating less food than your body needs means receiving less volume and fewer nutrients than you require.
If you allow yourself to eat as much food as you want, I promise you will see a significant reduction in cooked food cravings. Of course, you can’t just eat *any* foods.Â You want a raw diet comprised of mostly raw sweet fruits, 1-2 pounds of non-sweet fruits and tender greens, and limited amounts of fatty foods (i.e. half an avocado or 1-2 ounces of nuts per day).
You also want to be sure and eradicate (or at least limit) food such as salt, onion, garlic, and pepper from your diet.Â These foods are irritating to the body and they can and will lead to water retention.
How This Rule Helped Me
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As wary as I am to admit it, I used to binge eat.Â Not only was this physically and mentally damaging, it prevented me from staying at my ideal weight for very long.Â Luckily, this never became a daily practice for me, but it was a nasty frequent habit nonetheless and one that became harder and harder to stop.
It was not until I learned the value of eating as much raw foods as I wanted and actually implemented this in my life that I no longer felt the urge to binge on unhealthy foods.
There were many days in which I actually ate 3000 calories worth of raw foods…well over my caloric needs for the day.Â And yet, I still lost weight! That’s the beauty of a low fat, high fruit raw food diet.Â You really can eat pounds of food a day and experience vibrant health.
What other diet can promise that?
Moral of the Story
Eat more raw foods! I don’t care if you just had a huge meal of 20 bananas!Â If you feel cravings coming on, go grab an apple or some grapes or pineapple, etc. And don’t cause yourself unnecessary stress by worrying over how much you are eating.Â Your appetite will gradually lessen as your taste buds and tummy become accustomed to simpler foods.Â You won’t have to eat quite as much to feel satisfied.
Today, I honestly can’t even imagine eating those unhealthy foods that I used to binge on.Â My belly is far too full on delicious sweet fruits!
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