You haven't really given much info as to what you do/eat..so its kind of hard to explain. BUT, weightgain in the beginning is not rare as it might be your body's response to what you probably have done to your body in previous years. What i mean is undereating to stay slim, and when you finally give your body enough carbs (sufficient carb calories) for all bodily processes, you might gain some weight in the beginning. If you have been calorie restricting, then your body will hold on to some on some when its given sufficient cals :D Kind of like when you have underslept for a long while, and you sleep a lot, in the beginning you will feel like sleeping even more.
Another factor to consider is detox. It might just be that your body's main priority right now is detox. Don't stress just keep doing this..your on the right path :D
Are you eating dates? for some reason these made me gain weight also eating late at night! if I stop at 7:00 I am good.
I know I'm gaining weight...but it's muscle :)
How are your activity levels? What kinds of exercise do you like to do?
You're gonna blow out on this lifestyle man! FRUIT MAKES YOU FAT!!
This is what all the long term fruit vegans look like. We all have to get liposuction weekly from all the fructose turning to fat from the fatty liver and being deficient in preformed vitamins. So its not really worth it.
Hey, Im being honest. I gained 17lbs in this video!! WTF??!! OMG! OMFG!
Jeepers dude harsh. She said she's new.
Hi beezo =] Temporary weight gain is pretty standard when you first start out on this diet, especially if you come from a past of calorie restriction or other form of disordered eating. Another main reason is you're probably dehydrated. Now that you're (I assume) drinking lots more water and eating lots of fruits with a moderate to high water content, you're getting a lot more water than usual! Your body's holding onto it to keep hydrated while it does some serious repair work. It goes away if you consistently eat, sleep, and drink enough and are moderately active- no need to push it! I went through all that, true story.
Here here! Don't mind Durianrider Beezo, he gets a lot of claims about fruit making you fat and I think he hasn't understood where you were coming from.
Everything that Aj is pretty spot on. I would just add that yoou can appear to 'look' puffy when first starting out :)
haha durianrider... im further into my journey now and i realize how silly i was being! i was brainwashed by my disordered mentality about food. now im eating more than ever and slimming down... i feel amazing! just perfect! cant thank you enough..
The fat man photo is now saved in my pc and waiting for use, and I don't plan to give you credit for it. But thanks anyway. I'm going to start with facebook.
Give us a list of what you typically eat most days.
In order to be losing fat & gaining/maintaining muscle, your body needs to be;
-don't let yourself get more than slightly thirsty
-try not to let your mouth become dry, ever
-be peeing clear
-should be getting up to pee once or twice per night
Well Rested & Building/repairing muscle
-9 hours PLUS sleep per night
-if you exercise, research 'Catabolism'. Never exercise to the point where you are catabolizing muscle tissue (using protein for energy). This simply means you should be constantly well fed (carbed up) and eat/drink fruit as soon as possible after exercise.
-carb up before bed to sleep for longer
Contrary to popular belief, this does not involve eating less or exercising.
Your body stores fat to 1) rid yourself of chemicals it can't otherwise process & 2) protect itself from starvation. Show your body it has no need to store fat by;
-avoiding unnecessary chemicals
-staying carbed up
-avoiding salt (this ties into hydration & water retention)
And, yes, avoiding salt means no pre-bottled juices from the shop.
Above all, don't go hungry, don't under-eat. Once your body knows that it gets fed constantly, it no longer has any reason to store fat. Your body then automatically gets rid of any fat you don't need.
As long as all of the aforementioned conditions are true, you will be gaining muscle, keeping tissues hydrated, losing fat & dropping water retention. In which case, it matters not what the scales say.
Make sure that every time you weigh yourself, it's under the same conditions.
Example - I don't weigh myself that often, but when I do, this is my procedure;
I get out of bed, drink 2-4 cups of water, have a wizz, take a dump (not necessarily in that order),...
Then hop on the scales naked & write the number down somewhere (word document, crono-meter, note on the fridge, etc). Then I get dressed & go eat breakfast.
And just remember in the back of your mind that half-a-kg to 1kg (1.2-2.4pounds) of that weight is the water you just drank.
And I just need to cover one last widely held misconception...
[To gain fat you eat more, to lose fat you eat less.]
This is the reality;
To gain fat you eat more junk-food, grains & fats. And, under-eat to train your body to store it.
To lose fat you eat more raw fruits & vegetables and less of everything else. And eat more than enough to sustain yourself, which trains your body not to store it.
(My sincerest apologies for ending both of those points with a preposition).
It goes against what we've been taught throughout all of our lives but, on raw 80/10/10, eat more to lose weight. If you have any existing body fat, that is.
I have been my own personal test-bunny for said theory.
Not long into my raw diet, I suspected that I wasn't eating enough, so I forced myself to eat over 1000 more calories than usual (from 2600 to just over 3800).
The next day I weighed myself. I had lost 1 kg (2.4 pounds) since the previous morning.
After that I permanently raised my daily food intake, and since that day, I have been visibly losing more tummy fat than ever before. I now refer to this as my all-you-can-eat diet. The more I stuff in my face, the better I do.
So, give us that list of your typical daily feasting, tell us how active you are, what exercise you do & let's try to establish if you're eating enough, etc...
Actually, nevermind the list.
I stumbled across your 30 day challenge.
You have around 2800 calories for day 1 & 3000 calories for day 2.
I can clearly see you are not under-eating. You're actually doing very well.
So, I think the important questions are;
Where exactly do you appear to be gaining weight ? (On the scales?, Around the tummy?, neck?, face?)
What were you eating before Low-Fat-Raw-Vegan ?
As a side note, I noticed you're eating spinach. Though it's probably not widely known, spinach blocks the absorption of some of it's own iron. I recommend eating Silverbeet (Chard) as an alternative to spinach.
Technically, any dark green is not "supported" on 80-10-10; at least not regularly. Dark greens, especially mature ones, block calcium absorption and can lead to kidney stones (due to oxalic acid content). So this goes for chard as well as spinach.
this post is from a few weeks ago. im deeper in the game now and no long feel that im holding on to weight. i know now that it was water!