30BaD FADs: Frequently Added Discussions
Will I gain weight? Why am I gaining weight?
Reasons for Weight Gain in Some Individuals
Nutrient Dense Calories
According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, active females need 2400 and active males 3000 calories a day. Extreme athletes may need to add more. This is for basic energy requirements as well as to ward off deficiencies such as not consuming enough calcium. When starting a low fat nutrient dense plant based diet, some people may increase in density. But this is not necessarily unhealthy body fat and can be good for many individuals. (1)
Our guidelines here @30BaD follow a similar guideline of 2500 calories for females and 3000 calories for males.
Fruits and lettuce greens are also high in vitamin C, calcium, and other much needed nutrients. When these nutrients are consumed and their nutrient content assimilated, amazing rebuilding of strong, dense, and healthy tissues begins.
And so too does healthy weight gain in some people.
Volume of Water and Fruit
3oz of t bone steak has about 210 calories, but to get 210 calories of bananas, about 3 bananas might have to be consumed or about 1-1.5 pounds! The good news is most plant eaters do not see a big jump on the scale because fruits are about 74-92% water content that may be utilized, lost in perspiration, and or lost in urination. Many individuals may drink 4-8 pounds of water a day too. (2) (3) (4)
Check out Durianrider who is a raw fruitarian gaining 17 pounds in one day!
When drinking anywhere from 2-4 quarts of water a day, plus consumption of juicy fruits and vegetables, cells are properly hydrated and might resemble grapes verses raisins.
Intestines Contain Soluble Fiber and Fluid
The soluble fiber in fruit and some vegetables may gel up inside the intestine. This fiber slows down digestion and regulates assimilation of nutrients as well as water absorption.
Diets high in animal products may have little or no fiber, and diets high in grain products that have insoluble fiber actually may scrape and irritate the intestines like shards of glass and do not digest well.
Fruits are high in soluble fiber which also causes easy elimination of feces just like toothpaste being squeezed from a tube. This soluble fiber attracts water and turns to gel in the intestines. (5) (6)
Bone Density Increase
Some people coming from an eating disordered background, a SAD background, or acid forming diets, may have osteopenia also known as low bone density. Low bone density can put one at risk for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a bone disease where the bone thins and weakens until the point become fragile and break easily.
Children as young as two can have osteopenia and or the start of osteoporosis, and some teenagers have been diagnosed with stage one osteoporosis. (7) (8) (9)
The good news is, osteopenia and early osteoporosis are reversible if a sensible diet is followed. As the acid forming components are removed from the diet that strip bones, and alkalizing bone forming foods high in calcium are added in, bone density increases. (10) (11) (12)
Muscle Mass Increase
Many people who start a healthy nutritional program simultaneously start an exercise program. This may lead to increased muscle mass and weight gain. Muscle tissue may also improve because of better available nutrients, and on low fat diets, better assimilation and absorption of nutrients. On low fat diets, the blood system is clear allowing for better absorption of nutrients and oxygen; hence some athletes may have better results.
Now some of you have heard the joke what weighs more, a pound of muscle or a pound of fat? The truth is, a pound of muscle and a pound of fat weigh the same:D)))
However, muscle is actually denser and takes up less space than fat. Many people actually gain weight while losing inches on a new healthy nutrition and exercise progam. (13)
Healthier Body Tissues and Organs
Overall, all body tissues may go through repairs resulting in denser tissue mass.
Increase in Healthy Body Fat
Some people coming from anorexic and eating disordered backgrounds, and or who have low body fat percentages, might put on some body fat that is healthy for their own bodies.
Some body fat is necessary and healthy for emergency energy storage, to cushion organs and blows from falls, and for regulation of fat soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body's fatty tissue. The four fat-soluble vitamins are vitamins A, D, E, and K. (14)
Dietary fats are a major source of energy and aid the body in absorbing vitamins. It's important for proper growth, development and keeping the body healthy. (15)
Dietary fats are essential to give the body energy, support cell growth, and help keep the body warm. Fats help the body absorb some nutrients and produce important hormones. The body definitely needs fat both dietary and physical – but not as much fat as most people eat and or wear respectively. (16)
On a low fat nutrient dense plant based diet high in fruits and leafy lettuce greens, the body will self-regulate. People who have been deficient may gain, and obese people might lose. Our bodies have an innate wisdom built into our genetic codes that knows what to do given the right tools such as nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Think of an unborn baby. No one worries about whether a baby will be born fat, or whether or not they should put the baby on a calorie restriction diet. The innate wisdom of the baby’s body will regulate its growth and development.
Given the right diet and enough calories and nutrients, most long term vegans are slim, lean, and have lower BMIs than their SAD counterparts. (17)
Of Further Reading Interest:
Importance of eating greens for overall body health, bone density, and oral health.
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Updated August 9, 2012 By PK