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.

raw till 4 weight gainThe 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.


17 Responses to Can You Gain Weight On Raw Till 4?

  1. Denise Torres says:

    Hello. I just recently went from being a vegetarian ( I had eggs every now and then but other than that I ate clean) to full on vegan and I came across this RT4 idea. I have been doing it for about a week and I do get bloated after meals but it goes away quickly and then I feel GREAT. I just have one question, I like to eat a few more fats from nuts than Freelee recommends (about 2 Tbsp of PB every other day). Do you think this will throw everything off? What is your thought on those healthy fats from nuts, seeds, and avocados? They are all my favorite and I know they are perfectly healthy. But will I gain weight by eating them with all these carbs?

    • Raw Till 4 says:

      I would (and do!) eat organic almond butter sparingly once a week or so. I also eat a bit of avocado. I have managed to give up nuts though as they can be addictive for me…..tough to eat just a few!

    • papayafreak says:

      Make sure you keep your calorie fat intake under 10% You can read a book 80/10/10 by Graham it’s a great source of information and you can track your calorie intake on Good luck!

  2. Anita says:

    I lost weight in the first couple of days of eating Raw Till 4 and it blew my mind, because I was full after every meal, never hungry and I had a food baby before bed – but every morning I woke up with a flatter stomach than the last day. I was doing long walks every day and I really do think that sped up the healing process.

  3. Peggy says:

    I really don’t want to give up my morning coffee. Is there any way I can keep the one cup? I drink it with cocunut milk and cocunut sugar.

  4. Margot says:

    Hi i start rawtill4 and i was anorexic during 1 year.
    How many weight will i gain ?
    In how many time ? (2months , 1 year ?)
    Will i get fat ?
    Is there a weight loss after ?how many time ?

  5. Shannon says:

    Im 22yrs old and i’ve been vegan for over 8 months now since i found freelee’s video on you tube. Since then i had slowly made the adjustment after the first month of cutting out oil and reducing fat intake, however even watching my sodium levels and making sure to cut back on fat as much as possible and eat more simple fruits like dates and bananas throughout the day and cooked at supper. I haven’t yet begun to see much of a difference only a bit but very little. i had suffered from an eating disorder back 2009 but it was only for a few months and i always watched what i ate and how much striaght up until the past two years when i stopped counting and worrying about calories. But since then i feel fatter then i was when watching what i ate. I need encouragment or advice on if i’m doing it right or if i will start noticing it sooner rather then later and i get fat. I want to lose weight n it really is a strugle for me right now. I’m not over sized just want to be more leaner.

  6. Maryam says:

    What is your advice for eating out?

    • Emily says:

      I found that when I was asked to eat out, I’d eat beforehand and sit and drink some sweet tea or something. Some people found that to be odd or even offended that I wouldn’t eat with them. The point of eating out with someone is usually to spend time with them. Sitting there sipping on tea fulfills that purpose! If they are offended by that, I cannot help them. We can’t let others dictate how we feel or what we do, especially when it causes us bodily harm. At the end of the day, we have to do what we do. If I do want to eat out, I will choose a salad and sneak in some oil free dressing. No one at a restaurant has ever cared!

  7. nancy says:

    my daughter reads your blogs and is trying raw til 4 diet. she is 13. she won’t eat veggies though. she is gaining weight, has low energy, and eats only fruit and potatoes. this does not seem healthy. i am not seeing the benefit of this.

  8. Virginia says:

    Just wanted to say, my boyfriend and I had been vegan for a while before trying raw till 4. We gained weight but we kept on going. two months later, we hadn’t lost any weight. Since then we just moved on to the starch solution 80/10/10 which worked a lot better for us. Just our experience though, I understand that everyone’s body reacts differently to different diet changes. But I’d like to add that I don’t see any workout routines here -and freelee has always stated she cycles for over an hour per day? i’m not sure how accurate that is, but I’d like to see some info on fitness -afterall that does affect your weight as well.

    • Esme says:

      Exercise is 20% of the effort towards weight loss, if not less. It’s all about what food you put in your body. If you’re not losing weight, you’re not eating right (or not drinking enough water)

  9. Raw ’till 4 – a Scam? – The Barbell Gal says:

    […] Freelee has posted about weight gain on the rawtill4 website.  There must have been enough people complaining to her about gaining weight to the point where she felt she had to address this. She makes the point to say that many people gain a few pounds the first week and give up -she says she herself gains a pound or two every so often as it is natural for weight to fluctuate. Yes this is true -it is natural. However, many people who have gained weight don’t just gain a couple of pounds – there are people stating they’ve gained over 20 lbs. She then states that because you’re drinking more water and carbs, your weight is mostly water weight. However, drinking more water means urinating more – drinking water is a natural diuretic. […]

  10. Esme says:

    Actually yes, I have seen an overweight long-term vegan. I used to work with one and she weighed in excess of 200lbs.

  11. Chryssa Kasma says:

    I was fully raw for three months and now I follow Freelee’s lifestyle!❣️🍌🍌In the past I suffered from anorexia and boulimia…😞😞
    I ‘ m feeling amazing and I wouldn’t change it for the whole world!!!
    I have only a doubt… Am I gonna loose the excess weight ( about ten kilos) ? Please, give me a hope… I must pass through the heeling phase, but for how long ?🤔Anything would be helpful !!! Thanks❣️✨

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