1. A balanced raw vegan diet is low in calories and high in nutrients: AKA nutrient dense.
Nutrientdensity means that there are a high number of nutrients per calorie. This is what you find in vegetables, especially dark leafy greens but also to some extent in fruits, nuts and seeds.
Studies on rats showed that decreasing their caloric intake by one third increased their lifespan by one third. This study gave birth to the popular Calorie Restriction Diet. Many people on the CR diet end up on a raw vegan diet in their quest for high nutrient density foods.
On the other end of the spectrum you have foods with low nutritional value foods that are high in calories and low in nutrients. These are packaged and processed foods, high in chemical flavorings and preservatives, sugars and sodium. They are often quite addictive. And purposely so. Why else would people eat them? A diet comprised mainly of such processed and packaged foods, AKA the Standard American Diet (SAD) seems to result in The Big Three killers in our society of excess: heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
A balanced raw vegan diet can nourish you with a minimum of calories. And of course cutting calories helps you to release weight. I like to say release weight instead of lose weight because it frames it in a more positive vocabulary. To lose something has usually a negative association.
2. The raw vegan diet is plant-based.
Many doctors and scientists including Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. T Colin Campbell PhD, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Russell Blaylock, dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Michael Klaper are vocal proponents of the benefits of a plant-based diet.
The fiber, vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and water content in plant-based foods are combative of The Big Three killers. They are also highly conducive to weight release and contribute to overall health, vitality and well being.
By eliminating Animal products you reduce the toxin load usually ingested by your body so your body doesn’t have to work as hard to digest its food. You reduce inflammation caused by toxins in the SAD diet. And you avoid ingesting the harmful fats in animal products. There is far less clean up that has to be done in the body after a plant-based meal then after a meat-based meal. So you don’t use up your body’s resources. Your organs get a lot more rest. Plant-based foods are digested more quickly and so they are a more efficient fuel source for your body.
3. Being a Raw Vegan is a lifestyle rather than a diet. Going Raw, although it may initially be attempted as a temporary cleanse or challenge, often becomes a lifestyle. You feel so good, the food tastes fresh and delicious, and the diet is really easy to stick to because you look and feel so much better incredibly quickly. So you get an almost instant momentum. Adopting a raw vegan lifestyle means that your weight release is permanent rather than temporary.
A balanced raw vegan diet is high in variety and does not limit entire macronutrient groups (proteins, fats, carbohydrates) or entire raw food groups (fruits, vegetables, nuts).
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