Since I read an enormous 100-page discussion on the Zeitgeist Movement forum about what the healthiest diet is, and the science presented convinced me to try a raw diet, I've been mostly raw for about three years now. Even though I was told about 80/10/10 at the beginning I've let myself do it by feel, which meant I made 'mistakes' like making myself anaemic along the way but it means I feel the reason why I need lots of green leaves rather than just intellectualising it and the good news is it's continually led me to wanting to go as raw as possible. As we speak I've been 100% raw for the last seven days apart from one cold previously-cooked small soup.
I want to really get a flat stomach, which I've been close to a lot of times but I've never yet burnt off the fat on my lower stomach so I look like someone like Harley. It's not really vanity on my part, it's more like I just swear it must be possible and I want to achieve it to prove to myself it can be done. If I do that I can then decide whether I want to stay focused on that or chill out more and just be in pretty good shape anyway. However, lately I'm doing a lot more exercise but still finding I'm getting a round stomach after a breakfast of, say, twenty-thirty dates or 10-15 bananas (after a morning of 400-700 calories worth of calorie burn). Maybe I just need to do more, maybe I'm eating too much (I'm not convinced you can't get a little bit fat on fruit, from my experience) but also I saw someone claiming on youtube that raw fooders build up a Buddha belly each day and then when they wake up their stomach is flat, which is more like what I experience, when I get an early-enough bedtime anyway. I'd like to be like Harley and just have a flat stomach all the time; I'm totally open that I can't just expect that without doing the amount of exercise he does but Freelee also seems to manage that physique easily. I'm 37, very happy with my shape generally and I'm open to understand my metabolism may be slowing (it used to be really high and I could devour loads with no negative effect) but what are other peoples' experience, do you maintain a flat stomach with low effort or do you get the Buddha belly?
Thanks a lot in advance.
I've been making a lot of green/fruit smoothies recently by the way, if that makes any difference.
Has no one got any advice?
buddha belly after 15 bananas sounds right... unless it's gas and bloating
but 7 days isn't going to magically transform you... love yourself and be patient
OK thanks people, I'm thinking maybe that's the norm unless I really work on the exercise. That's fair. I've started following Adam Frewer's exercise tips: