Can You Gain Weight On Raw Till 4?
The question of initial weight gain on Raw Till 4 comes up VERY often on Facebook and internet forums everywhere. It seems a lot of people gain weight initially, and they panic. Even after 1 or 2 days of trying this lifestyle. I mean really? My weight fluctuates several pounds each day, yet people are freaking out about a couple pounds over the course of 2 days. But aside from those flaky types, yes, you can actually experience weight gain on raw till 4.
This can happen for so many reasons that it is hard to address really. You have to realize a lot of people who try this lifestyle come into it from a variety of eating disorders, bad habits, highly processed diets, and so much more. So their bodies are in complete disarray to begin with. Suddenly, you start cramming more carbs in one day than they did in the past week. Well, the body is going to take some time to adjust to this new diet.
The body is taking all this high carb, low salt, low fat goodness, and healing your body from inside out. So certainly it is possible that you’ll gain weight as you heal, and detox. If you come from a calorie restricted background then some weight gain might be part of the healing process of your metabolism. Your previous calorie restrictions caused your metabolism to slow down. Suddenly on Raw till 4, you pound down 2500 plus calories a day, but your metabolism is still in slow motion, so it stores those extra calories you are eating as fat. The good news is this a relatively short term thing, as your metabolism will slowly adjust and speed up to utilize your new caloric intake levels.
Also, keep in mind, you’re likely consuming far more water than you had in the past, so the carbs and water will add some weight. I know I was always feeling a little bloated my first week in. Then all of a sudden I lost that bloated feeling and started seeing a hint of abdominal muscles!
Any weight gain will be short term, and will reverse itself, IF YOU STICK TO THE GUIDELINES. I had to shout that last sentence because I really believe a lot of people who gain weight, don’t stick to the Raw Till 4 guidelines. I mean really, have you ever seen an overweight long term vegan?
There, I said it. I know that the RT4 movement is all about acceptance and positive vibes, but if you don’t follow the principles set out by Freelee and Durianrider, then you’re not going to get the optimal results, are you? You can’t be one of those people who says, I ate perfectly all morning so I can have that donut, and it won’t cause any problems. Or, I can add a little cheese to that corn pasta dish, it won’t make any difference. You have to stick to the plan! I’m lucky, in that I love to follow instructions to a tee. And I don’t get bored eating mono meals and I enjoy eating the same few dishes over and over again. For some, food is an emotional thing, a social thing, something to be shared and enjoyed with a fun group. For me, it’s just a fuel for my body, so plain and simple just works for me.
So, in closing, if you follow the principles of Raw till 4 to the tee, rejoice in any short term weight gain, as it means your body is finally healing. As you your body heals, the weight will come down, your health will be great, and your energy levels through the roof.