It’s a well-known and accepted fact that a raw food diet helps you lose weight rapidly and effectively. Some people take to raw food only to achieve significant weight loss, and once they do so, they sing its praises and adopt it as a way of life.
However, it’s not the fact that food is not cooked that leads to becoming slim and fit; it’s more because:
• You eat hardly any saturated fats: When you go on a raw food diet, you stop eating foods that are processed which are high in trans-fats and saturated fats. This makes your body healthier and naturally slimmer. When you avoid fatty, processed foods on a long term, you also don’t tend to gain weight.
• Your intake of salt decreases: When you eat raw food, there’s often no need to add salt because you’re mostly eating fruits and vegetables. This means that you stop taking in salt in any form, and when this happens, you lose weight. Salt is not good for your body and causes a host of illnesses and diseases. You not only lose weight when you avoid salt, you also become healthier.
• You eat more fruits and vegetables: When you eat more fruits and vegetables, you eat less of other foods that contain fat and unhealthy carbohydrates. This makes you lose weight naturally because you are avoiding foods that cause weight gain.
• You are more energetic: When 90 percent of your diet comprises food, especially those that are naturally sweet, your body is filled with instant energy that you want to expend. You feel like going out and doing something, like exercise or other vigorous activities. In short, your lifestyle becomes very active and your metabolic rate increases. This makes you lose weight and also prevents you from putting it back on in the long run.
• You care more for your health: When you adapt to a raw food diet, it becomes a way of life, one that pushes you to live more healthily. You avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs; you don’t take medicines indiscriminately; you begin to exercise regularly; you sleep better; and you do not eat too much because it is hard to do so when you’re on a raw food diet. These significant changes contribute to a new, healthy and slimmer you.
Raw food diets are not for
everyone – it takes a great deal of discipline and determination to
make it work. So if you’re not sure of yourself or your level of
motivation, start out slowly by adapting to a combination of raw and
cooked food, and make steady progress as you go.
This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of online nurse practitioner schools. Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org