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Men and women eating raw foods and avoiding processed foods weigh 35-37 lbs less
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Men and women eating raw foods and avoiding animal products and processed foods weighed 35-37 pounds less than those eating a typical Western diet according to a study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Men
Men 35 lbs less : 145 lbs vs 180 lbs; 20% less
After 4 years, men eating a raw food diet weighed 35 pounds less than men eating a Western diet, weighing an average of 145 pounds versus 180 pounds.
As a percentage of body weight, men on the raw food diet weighed 19.7 percent less.
Men: Body Fat
Men Percent Body Fat : 14% vs 21%
Men had an average percent body fat of 13.7 percent versus 21 percent.
Men BMI : 21.2 vs 26.1
The average body mass index (BMI) of men was 21.2 versus 26.1.
Women 37 lbs less : 129 lbs vs 166 lbs; 22% less
Women eating the raw food diet weighed 27 pounds less than women eating a Western diet, weighing an average of 129 pounds versus 166 pounds.
As a percentage of body weight, women on the raw food diet weighed 22.4 percent less.
Women: Body Fat
Men Percent Body Fat : 27% vs 42%
Women had an average percent body fat of 26.9 percent versus 42.3 percent.
Women BMI : 21.6 vs 27.4
The average body mass index (BMI) of women was 21.6 versus 27.4.
The Secret Diet
Diet : Raw foods, no refined foods and no animal products
“Subjects consuming a low-protein, low-calorie diet [the raw food diet] ate a wide variety of raw vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains and cereals, and olive oil and strictly avoided processed and refined foods (eg, partially hydrogenated oils, refined flours, sweets, free sugars, and soft-drinks) and foods of animal origin,” the researchers noted.
Calorie intake : 1989 vs 2346
People on the raw food diet ate an average of 357 calories per day less than those eating a typical Western Diet—1989 calories versus 2346 calories.
Diet : 9% protein, 43% fat, 48% carbohydrates
The compostion of the raw food diet contained 9% protein, 43% fat, 48% carbohydrates versus 17% protein, 34% fat and 49% carbohydrates in the Western Diet group.
Fiber intake twice as high on low protein, low calorie diet
The fiber intake was twice as high on the raw food diet compared to the Western Diet.
Men on the diet consumed an average of 60 grams of fiber compared to 25 grams in the Western Diet group.
Fiber intake for women averaged 37 grams versus 19 grams.
Several studies have found that lean people eat more fiber than heavier people.
Previous study: Women lost 22 lbs, men 26 lbs
A previous studies found that women lost 21.8 pounds on a raw food diet, and men lost 26.4 pounds.
Comment : Avoiding processed foods works
Eating raw foods and avoiding processed foods works.
There are many ways to lose weight—low carb diets work; low fat diets work; low calorie diets work—but, if you want a simple, straight-forward, healthy diet that does not involve counting calories, fat or carbohydrates, this is it.
Simply eat raw foods and avoid processed foods. It works.
Comment : People say they feel better / feel more energetic eating raw foods
People also say how much better they feel when eating raw foods, often saying they feel better than they ever have in their life, and that they have lots of energy.
Fontana L, Klein S, Holloszy J. Long-term low-protein, low-calorie diet and endurance exercise modulate metabolic factors associated with cancer risk. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Dec, 84(6):1456-62.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science and the Center for Human Nutrition
Washington University School of Medicine
St Louis, MO 63110, USA
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