The raw food diet is defined as diet with 75% of unprocessed and uncooked plant foods including all types fresh fruit,vegetables nuts and seeds in order to avoid heating (above 116 degrees F is believed to destroy enzymes in food), thereby, preventing the loss of vitamins and minerals and increasing the absorption of vital nutrients of the digestive system.Unfortunately, it is not for people with digestive disorder, since it increases the risks of diarrhoea and other symptoms of digestive system. People first time in the diet may find to have diarrhoea or loose stool and other digestive problem, but they will go aways in a few days.
Raw Food Diet For Weight Loss
Having More Energy, Looking Younger,
and Reclaiming Your Health
Fast Weight Loss on a Raw Food Diet! - Does it Really Work?
People following a strictly raw food diet have reported drastic weight loss results. Some people who have gone on an only-raw-food diet have reported weight loss of up to 15 pounds in the first week! So, lets explore the subject a little further...
Why should a raw food diet possibly help you lose weight fast?
There are a few reasons that raw food practitioners point out...
Low Calories & Related Effects: Raw foods are very low in calories relative to their size. This means, that you can eat a whole bunch of raw fruits and vegetables and you would feel rather full & you still would not end up consuming a lot of calories. This itself should keep a good control over the number of calories you consume & help weight loss.
If you compare this to the type of mistakes people make, trying to follow other diets, you can see how beneficial a raw food diet can be. For Example: People trying to follow other diets end up starving themselves and always seem to be fighting their hunger and temptations. They are more likely to binge and eat "just one brownie" and in-effect undo all the hard work they have done, dieting and exercising, over the last few days. And, this happens very often!
So, you see that following a raw-food diet, you will not be in a constant state of hunger which will be a whole lot better for your weight loss goals and your mind! You could easily restrict your calorie intake to 1200 calories (if you are a woman) or 1800 calories (if you are a man) and not drive yourself mad starving!
Digestive Enzymes: Raw foods contain a lot of digestive enzymes that processed/cooked food just do not have. The reason behind this is that fact that, once food is heated above 118 degrees, the enzymes change their structure and break down. Because of this, processed or cooked food is not rich in digestive enzymes!
But, what have digestive enzymes have to do with weight loss?
Well, the following explanation is a bit of an over-simplification. But, basically, digestive enzymes, help the body to break down the food we eat. If there are plenty of digestive enzymes, the body breaks down the food into their most basic form. Once that is done. The body can use the food much more efficiently. If this is not done, due to lack of digestive enzymes, the body ends up storing most of the food we eat. And this, leads to obesity! So, you can see the benefit of the enzyme rich raw food diet.
So, due to these two main reasons, a complete raw food diet is considered a great idea for weight loss. But, even if that was not the case, there are many health benefits of consuming raw fruits and vegetables. I am yet to find a study that says that its "bad for health" to go on a raw food diet. There seem to be no side effects! So, you should definitely give it a try!
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