This is the third part of the series "Big Portions – Lean Body". My constitution usually gets the comments "She is a way too thin" and "It must be she eats nothing". On the other hand, the sizes of my meals get the comments "It's a way too much food" and "How can she eat so much?"
What's the secret? I have been following a couple of basic principles:
- The low fat raw vegan diet
- Digestive rest in between meals
- Daily exercising
- Sufficient sleep
Some of these principles I explain in the first and the second part of this series. I highly encourage you to check them out. In this blog post and video we are discussing why calorie restricted diets do not give sustainable results.
Typical diets promote limiting calorie intakes. And indeed, a calorie reduction results in a weight loss. What a surprise, right? However, I would point out to two major issues with this approach:
- Most of this calorie restricted diets, if not all of them, are unhealthy;
- Since a reduced calorie intake is not sustainable long term, thus the results of this practice are not sustainable;
A typical scenario is that a person gets psychologically and physically starved on this kind of diets and sooner or later make up for all the missed calories.
Luckily, there is a smarter and more enjoyable approach that gives sustainable results:
- Instead of reducing calories, change the calorie source;
- Instead of adopting an unhealthy and unsustainable diet for weight loss, adopt a sustainable diet, or better say a lifestyle, for health;
Studies done by the Physician Committee For A Responsible Medicine from Washington DC, as well as many personal experiences, show that when people switch to a low fat, plan-based, whole food diet, they lose weight without restricting their calories.
This happens because as soon as the body gets more chance to clean, which happens when we lower the intake of toxic foods - on top of the list of toxic foods is animal-based food and all kind of oils, the body manages to get rid of the toxins accumulated in the fatty cells and with this excess bodily fat is also lost.
The take away message: The approach that is sustainable for a weight loss is to adopt a diet, or better say a lifestyle, for health since this is the way to let the body, which is by the way a self-cleansing organism, clean itself. And a consequence of a clean and healthy body will be an effortless weight loss.
I want to point out that with this series, titled "Big Portions - Lean Body", I am not by any means promoting overeating on the optimal diet. What I am suggesting is rather an adequate calorie iintake plus a healthy lifetyle.
I highly recommend you the book "The 80 10 10 Diet" that in a simple and easy to understand way explains what is the optimal human diet. And make sure to download your free samples of the "Health Glows Meal Plan Set".
I would love to hear about your experience with various weight loss programs and diets, so please share your experience in the comment section below.
I hope these blog post and video are useful to you. If that is so, please share them.
As for the recipe from this video, as well as many other recipes for low fat raw vegan spaghetti, refer to... Raw For Glow.
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Turner-McGrievy GM, Barnard ND, Scialli AR. A two-year randomized weight loss trial comparing a vegan diet to a more moderate low-fat diet. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007;15:2276-2281.
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