Fruit sends me running up mountains and keeps me
going long after my competitors have dropped into
the distance behind me. Their bodies run on grains
and meat, mine runs on a raw food diet, and that, my
friends, is all the difference in the world.
The optimal human diet is whole, fresh, raw, ripe, and plant-based. Most of the diet is fruit, but it also contains plenty of leafy vegetables and a limited amount of overt fat.
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This way of eating adheres naturally to the formula of at least 80 percent of calories from carbohydrates, a maximum of 10 percent from fat, and up to 10 percent from protein.
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Forget about dieting and counting calories. Let hunger be your guide for once. If you're truly hungry- a sensation that is felt in the chest or breastbone, and not the stomach, which rumbles when emptying- eat till you're satiated.
Have you ever
noticed that even after large dinners that fill
your stomach you're still craving something?
More often than not that something is sweet, so you eat dessert to satisfy yourself. That should tell you something.
Your body is designed to run off of simple sugars, and only plenty of simple sugars from fruit on a raw food diet will fill that nagging hunger or craving for something that stays with you.
For details on how to defeat cravings once and for all, read this article.
because the vast majority of people are
under-muscled and over fat, so the weight you lose
while adjusting will be welcome.
You'll eventually want to track your calorie intake for a few days to make sure you're on course, however. Let's imagine you're a six foot tall male who weights 170 pounds.
You go for a morning run for about 45 minutes at about 7.5 mph. You're a sales clerk, so you spend a lot of time walking around.
A quick stop over to
nutridiary.com will tell you that without the
exercise I would need 2,984 calories. The
running ads 722 calories, bringing me to 3706
calories I need to replace in a day.
Your dinner is 10 kiwi fruit (464 calories) , followed about an hour later by a large bowl of salad with four tomatoes, a small piece of avocado, and some assorted vegetables (235 calories).
For a snack you may eat 100 grapes at 161 calories. The grand total is 3,571 calories for the day, and your ratio is at six percent fat, seven percent protein, and 87 percent carbohydrates. Perfect.
If this seems
like a lot of food to you, don't worry. If
you're not doing a ton of exercise (though you
should do some) you'll need less. A
5-foot-tall nonathletic woman would only eat a
fraction of what a 6ft tall runner would.
He'd need to
eat more on a cooked food diet as well.
But I enjoy the quantity of food I consume, and you'll find yourself loving this diet as well.
If you're sedentary or eager to lose weight quickly, feel free to eat less, but be aware that when you're under eating on calories you may start to get cravings.
set up your own free individual health
plan to make sure
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