Before you panic about the idea of eating nothing but raw foods, first note that it doesn’t have to be 100% of your diet.
By simply making this 75% of your diet can be just as effective. So you don’t have to completely go cold turkey with the cooked foods. But I’ll be honest, the more raw you go, the quicker your weight loss goals will be achieved.
So what exactly is a raw food diet? If you haven’t already heard of it, it’s when you eat foods in their raw state, such as salads, nuts, fresh fruits and even smoothies and juices.
Some people opt for raw fish (sushi) and raw cheeses, but I find that this would be counterproductive, since fish doesn’t digest well and rots in your intestines and cheese can put on weight. How long you have to go through with it all depends on your goals and how consistent you are with your plan.
The benefits of eating raw foods
The best way to think about raw food and cooked food is that raw food is alive and cooked food is less-than-alive. Pretty much the way meat is dead.
So obviously, the food that’s alive will jive better with your system and pass through easier. Plus when you eat a lot of raw fruits, nuts and veggies, you get all of its nutrients.
Then as an added bonus, they help pull out toxins and other waste as it digests, which aids in your losing weight.
Raw veggies and fruits have a lot of water, which is another reason why it helps you to lose weight. Those who have switched to a raw food diet or partial raw food diet have claimed to feel more energetic and their taste buds even adjust to where they no long crave sugar and caffeine. So if you’re looking to become healthier, this is a great way to enhance your overall well-being.
Why Avoiding Cooked Foods Can Aid in Your Health and Weight Loss
When you cook your food, the enzymes, minerals and vitamins inside of it is pretty much destroyed, especially if you overcook.
This is why it’s recommended that you steam your veggies and cook meals on lower levels. This will help to retain the nutrients — plus adding in olive oil could also boost in the nutrition level and preserve the food’s minerals.
However, in order to get the maximum amount of nutrients the body needs to digest and boost immunity, raw state is best. That’s why smoothies are so nutritious!
Keep in mind that if you are overcooking and microwaving your foods, not only will you lack in sufficient nutrition, but you could also end up with health problems like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and a variety of other degenerative diseases.