OK here's my dilemma:
I started going raw in July. I was never fully raw. I still ate homemade wheat bread (with 3 ingredients) every once in a while and steamed vegetables sometimes. However, I notice that my lower belly has been huge! I gained about 5-6 pounds, mostly in my belly. It's not only the belly but I've got mad love handles. I'm 5'9" and 122lbs (dropped from 124lbs).
I get enough sleep and run almost every day for about 20 mins. I'm doing interval training in an attempt to lose weight and get rid of belly fat.
I come from a history of being very underweight a few years back. My lowest was 100lbs but that was 4 years ago. I'm usually about 115.
It's very embarassing. Not from the weight gain, but from the way my body is shaped. I've got slim arms and legs and a huge belly. My body habitus looks like a man's. If I even have like a grape for breakfast, it still blows up. (not like I do that. I get the bulk of my calories in the AM unlike my old lifestyle when I used to eat mostly at night). WHen I wake up, my belly is smaller (but still big) and by night time, it's so big. I'm not able to button my pants and have to wear sweats or tights. People think I'm pregnant.
Can someone please tell me what's wrong? I had this problem even before I went raw (but I was eating a lot of fatty foods and junk) I thought going raw would make it better but it just exacerbated it perhaps because of all the extra fiber. I don't have cushings and my hormones are normal. My bowel movements are regular. I pee like a race horse. Literally over 12 times a day. I can't go more than an hour without doing a number 1.
Please help! :-(
A few things you might try are mono mealing (just eat one type of fruit per meal) and/or careful combining. Some foods are slower to digest than others and you might get a "traffic jam" inside with some gas buildup/bloating as things process. Also, be sure to keep hydrating well. it sounds like you already are! I just know that for me, whenever I feel bloated, if I drink more water, that seems to make the bloating go down more quickly (counter intuitive). Whenever I "stray off the reservation" and eat something salty, I get bloated that day and the next, but clean eating and plenty of water seems to take care of things in a day or two. From your past undereating, it may take a bit longer for things to even out for you, but they will, hang in there! Here is some stuff I snipped out of the site's FAQ section
Re: exercising, I find that I don't really get warmed up and going until 20-30 minutes in. It's tough if I'm pressed for time, but I am trying to make time So I can get 30-40 minutes in. Interval training is intense, so I'm sure you can get a great workout in in 20 minutes doing that, at least from my forays into HIIT training, but for some reason I like an easier, longer pace myself. But anyway, yeah when I do 40+ minutes of sweaty cardio, that helps me keep from feeling bloated too. A lot of people on here are much more accomplished athletes than I am, I bet some will chime in with helpful exercise tips.
But aside from the bloated feeling, how are you feeling? Have you got fruity bliss? Is your energy level up? I would focus on the things that are going right from how you are eating and hang in there. I know it can be sort of disheartening if you are eating clean and feeling fat, but it will work out and you'll feel great!
BTW, from your profile pic, you look great! I can't believe that 10 or even 20 lbs would make you look like a man. I do realize how bad an extra 10 - 20 lbs can feel though, but hang in there, keep getting in the fruity calories to fuel awesome workouts and you will be right as rain. :)
Thanks! Your comment was really encouraging! I think I'm going to keep referring to it when I start feeling down or when I can't fit into my pants. lol.
The profile pic is from when I was just a cooked vegan. I gained about 7 pounds mostly in my belly after that once I started to eat more raw fruits.
I'm glad :) Well hit me up any time, I am so happy to encourage you!
You can totally do it and you are totally worth and worthy of your effort!
i definitely have the same problem, and it used to really piss me off! but then i was like why the hell do i care??? i'm getting healthier, happier and fitter everyday...who cares if i have a bit of a gut right now, when in the longterm i am going to look AMAZING and never have to worry about being overweight
i know i abused my body pretty badly in the past and it is going to take a little bit longer to be fully healed, but it is definitely getting there, so for now i'm trusting it to do it's thing
if you worry about it too much you might start restricting calories to keep the weight off, and this is only going to make things worse and it will take even longer for your body to correct the damage when you decide to do the healthy thing again
just keep up the good work!
Honestly, i do eat more then 4 kgs of food everyday. More then a kg of veggies, usually a couple if you include veggie fruits. So where do that food goes? Gorillas have huge bellies :P, and thats the food they eat everyday, that is passing throught their sistem.
I do practice 811 for almost 5 years, and have a little belly, even more after dinner. Its normal i would say, but may not be if we compare ourselves with cooked food eaters. We dou things way different, so we get different results.