I have seen people lose weight, by eating the least nutritious diet. Actually, I have a friend that lives off Ramen and cigarettes, which has contributed to his 75 lb weight loss in FOUR MONTHS!!! That is a remarkable amount of weight in a little amount of time. In some weird way, I was jealous of his weight loss (not that I want to lose 75 lb...I would blow away with the wind.) Then I started studying my siblings' diet -- which live off meat and bread, but who are incredibly much thinner than I am. But my partner reassured me that their metabolism would eventually weaken and slow down, as my friend eventually will, and they will become much larger as they get older. Thank goodness for boyfriend's reassurance!
But focusing on those who WANT to lose weight for good: you cannot shed weight fast and expect to keep the weight off on a calorie-restricting and carb-restricting diet. Calories and carbs don't make you fat -- FAT MAKES YOU FAT.
The BEST way to lose weight and keep it off for long term is by eating as much as you want, in terms of calories and carbs, so you don't feel the urge to "fall off" your diet or work-out regimen. Also, you should eat as many calories/carbs as you want so that you have enough energy and glycogen to focus and work at school or your job. The only requirement is to restrict fat-intake while taking your diet and work-out regimen slow. The harder you work to lose weight (by restricting calories and pushing your body during your work-out), the more likely you will fail and feel worse about yourself. In other words, you need to be eating foods that are high in calories and high in carbs (to make you feel full and satiated) but these same foods need to contain zero fat or be low in fat.
For example, I am drinking EIGHT BANANAS with a little bit of water for breakfast (prepared in a blender). My breakfast is a little more than 800 calories and 200 carbs, while containing a slimming 3 grams of fat, only!! A typical American breakfast is eggs, bacon, and milk which is loaded with fat (because it is also prepared with oil that is also loaded with fat.) 3 slices of bacon, 1 egg fried, and 1 cup of milk is over 18 grams of fat (one day's recommend fat-intake) and a low 300 calories -- and this is only your breakfast! How are you going to lose weight if you're eating this way for every meal? It's no wonder after Americans eat their breakfast, that they crave other fatty foods throughout the day to feel satiated (BECAUSE NOT ENOUGH CARBS AND CALORIES.) The overall problem is: you're not eating enough calories, and instead you're filling up on fat which makes you CRASH.
|40 lb box of bananas a week for my partner and I|
Furthermore, if you're getting all of your calories from fat, you're going to get fat! It's also no wonder that many people end up falling off vegetarian and vegan diets, because they're probably eating a lot of salads which are low in calories and filling themselves up on fatty foods that was prepared in and/or with oil. If you're wanting to lose weight, you need to eat a lot of fruits, especially dates and bananas which are high in calories, vitamins, carbs, and will help you clean out your colon...fast! You cannot expect to lose weight (and keep the weight off) by eating strawberries or grapes for breakfast and a salad for lunch and dinner (because they're low in calories/carbs that help you function.) You have got to eat till you feel full so that you can function properly.
Vegetarians, vegans, and raw foodists are no different from meat eaters if they're getting all their calories from fat sources (i.e. fried foods, nuts, desserts containing oil, and pre-packaged food.)
Also, don't expect to see dramatic weight loss in 1 month, 3 months, or even 6 months! The best results will come with time. You will notice a change in your mood, energy levels, and subsequently you will lose weight fast because of your new-found energy and positive attitude (which you may notice in as little as 9 months.)
Consequently, foods you should be eating more of or introducing into your diet:
- Fruit (eat as much as you want, but best eaten raw, organic, and home-grown)
- Vegetables (best prepared raw, boiled, steamed, or microwaved without OIL)
- Greens (best eaten raw or boiled without oil)
- Rice (great with soy sauce and boiled without oil)
- Soymilk or Almond milk (1 cup a day is best; wouldn't go over that amount)
- nuts (5-6 nuts a week is great, but not necessary)
- avocados (1/4 of an avocado every day is fine)
- Animals (milk, cow, piggies, chickens, fish -- animals are our friends and we are not to exploit animals for selfish, conventional uses -- and they are loaded with fat)
- Oil (loaded with fat and will make you fat quick -- learn to steam and boil foods with water instead). Remember peanut butter is sometimes marketed as healthy with labels claiming it is raw or made with agave nectar instead of sugar or that it is made with organic peanuts...but the fact of the matter is: if it contains oil...it's FAT.
To reiterate my point: you can lose weight very quickly by restricting your calories, however it is very unlikely that you'll keep that weight off. Instead, you'll find yourself gaining weight quicker because you're binging out after starving yourself. Your body needs carbs and enough calories so that you can think and perform properly. Keep in mind the types of carbs you should eat: potatoes, rice, bananas, and dates are the best!
Actually, a vegan diet is less expensive than a meat-eating diet. As long as you're not buying the pre-packaged foods that are targeted towards vegetarians/vegans, you'll realize that it is much cheaper to live off on fruits and vegetables.
If you want to calculate how much fat, calories, carbs, and vitamins you are in-taking -- so that you can stay clear of a certain food that you might not have noticed containing a lot of fat -- go to cronometer.com to set up a free account. This website has helped me extraordinarily with what how much vitamins, carbs, and calories are in each food (and what food I need to eat more of and what foods I need to eat less of to reach my weight loss goal.) Once you are registering an account, set the 'diet' to LFRV/30bananasaday.com