i know for everyone things are different...
but Im telling you..
i went from 280 to 191 ( right now) in just a few short weeks because I got rid of chemicals and ate an almost raw diet.
Raw does not mean uncooked for ME. though I do know that in google and other places people are reportedly squawking about not cooking your food and calling that a raw diet. Bah. no thank you. But I did eat some of their recipies.. just cooked. Raw to me means REAL fruits, veggies, grains .. basically, if you could pull it out of the ground AS IS and eat it.. i did.
I turned off the public television thinking and ate real live food.
and I lost a metric ton by eating a LOT of nuts. I do mean a LOT. Easily, I was topping the 3000 calorie a day maximum because of my nuts. Lost weight hand over fist.
Real fat, from nuts, avacadoes etc.. doesnt 'make' you fat. you get fat from foods your body can not process coupled with a lack of activity. Yes, you can eat your way to being obese, but with natural real foods, thats pretty difficult. so long as it is eaten in a pure form.
But the reason why people have to lower caloric intake to meager portions 1000-1,400 on the SAD ( standard american diet) is because a large portion of that is chemical based processed foods . ( Think boxed foods, breads, dressings, juices, dehydrated stuff too not just fast food) So you have to take into account your calories can not be used properly, there for you have to take in less.
Our liver goes after the bad things first. Thats its job. When it only filters chemicals and has no place to put them, they dont turn to energy, they dont provide our muscles anything, voila.. its fat. Its your bodies natural go to state, natural storage state, and the quick catch all answer to things it does not quite know what to do with. Your liver KNOWS what to do with an apple.. Bread? Not so much. Cut out the chemicals and your body processes only vitamins and minerals from your food . It USES fat, doesnt store it.
My diet, or daily food for example -
water melon for breakfast ( the small 'personal' ones, ) cashews, a banana and a slice of avacado.
lunch salmon , and salad.
No dressing. Salad topped with pine nuts, strawberries, dates and tomatos, oranges, pears.. you name it. I take the big lettuce leaves and roll up all those other good things inside of it and eat it that way. Who needs dressing. Seriously. If it doesnt taste good by itself, then add something else too it .
my favorite dinner was steel cut oats, about 4 or 5 dates cut into tiny pieces, cinnamon and more nuts.
straight popcorn with cinnamon was an awesome snack.
No butters. No salts. No dressings. No breads. No processed anything.
I felt fantastic. More energy then I knew what to do with and the weight came off with no thought. I had no calorie counting.. just fresh real foods.
I ate a lot of beans, rice, squash, you name it my groceries came from the produce section. For meat I ate fish , shrimp and bison. My taste buds are different now too. I crave those things when I get hungry, I have no need for 'will power' because I dont think of fast food, cereals or anything else. It really is easier now. I eat what I am hungry for.
I still eat that way about 60% of the time now in fact. No weight gain, though i dont feel as good. My entire body has changed though , and in a very good way.
You dont have to live by strict calorie intake if you eat what your body can process easily. Just eat til you are full and be done.
The bmi is something I take issue with.
The BMI was constructed as a scan for a group, city or area of people determining food supply, effects on foods and general health. It is used as an over view for MANY people.. not at all intended, calculated or meant for the individual body. I dont know how that was ever taken as such a false standard and run with. But it has. And it has told countless people that they are incorrect in their body weight.
The man im dating for example.. thick as a rock. Solid muscle. The guy builds airplanes for christs sake. That stuff is not light. BMI says he is morbidly obese.. Yet he hardly has any fat on his body.. I dont get it. If it was made for individuals, there would not be the " oh , but you have to make provisions... " clause at the end of it.
its wrong and a tool that is being misused.
As i tell a lot of people, are you comfortable? can you DO the things you want to do with out getting winded? Dont change clothing sizes every other month? Not tired all the time? Have energy? Relatively balanced moods? Then you are healthy. Never mind that society
says you should look like a rack of bones. If you feel GOOD, and you can do what you want to do and your body cooperates.. enjoy your life
too late to rant. sorry yall