How many obese animals do we see in Nature? Animals carry exactly the weight they need and no more. Every animal in Nature is at a perfect weight without exception. What is considered a
Fatty Fruits, Nuts Coconuts, Seeds normal weight by civilization's standards is actually an artificial weight created by a cooked-food diet. Your natural weight might be 5-10 pounds (2.3 to 4.5 kg) lighter than what is recommended in the charts. However, these charts are not always accurate as people differ in bone size, bone and tissue density, musculature, etc.
Initially, when you adopt The Sunfood Diet, you will most likely lose weight as your body detoxifies wastes it has accumulated over a lifetime. This is a necessary process. Don't worry about it, embrace it. First and foremost, allow your body to detoxify.
The inability to gain weight when eating raw plant foods may be caused by cooked-food transgressions. Eating cooked starch (bread, cookies, pasta, rice, etc.) actually promotes weight loss when one is significantly purified and has been eating 95% raw food for more than 6 months. When the body is at that level of purification, digesting cooked starch drains living water and vital energy, leaving one sallow.
The inability to gain weight when eating raw plant foods may also be due to an encrusted intestinal tract, which hinders food absorption and causes emaciation. Encrusted mucus on the intestinal wall will eventually be dislodged over time if one eats exclusively raw foods and green salads daily. However, the process may be accelerated by a series of 6-10 colon irrigations (colonics), and an herbal cleanse program (available from Nature's First Law. See Organizations and Resources sections at the end of this book).
The inability to gain weight when eating raw plant foods may also be due to parasitic infections which may cause emaciation. If you suspect that you have a parasitic infection, I recommend that you "burn" them out with daily meals containing one or more of the following: garlic, onions, hot peppers, ginger, and spicy wild greens (wild mustard is excellent). High-quality herbal remedies will be effective against parasites.
Chlorophyll: Green-Leafy Vegetables
Fatty Fruits, Nuts Coconuts, Seeds
Sugars: Sweet Fruits
To Gain Weight center at 42:16:42 Ratio Key: (Chlorophyll:Sugar:Fat)
Once the body is significantly detoxified, which may take anywhere from 4 months to 2 years, depending on the toxicity of the body beforehand, then you can gain all the healthy weight you desire. I recommend you do so in the method shown in the previous diagram.
The secret to gaining strength and weight by eating a raw plant-food diet is to eat green-leafed vegetables and plant fats...together - and fewer sweet fruits. More non-sweet fruits may be included as well. My own experience proved this true. I found it worked for thousands of others I have counseled. Test for yourself and see.
Think of the gorilla: pound per pound the strongest land mammal. The gorilla possesses a fantastic musculature and is capable of bench pressing 4,000 pounds (more than 1800 kg). In his wonderful book, L'Homme, Le Singe, Et Le Paradis (Humans, Primates, and Paradise), Albert Mosseri describes:
(Translation) "The gorilla is not interested in eating so-called protein foods. How can they develop all that muscle mass, weight many hundreds of pounds, eating only green vegetables and fruits? This fact is of great importance."
Since gorillas eat nearly 80% green-leafed vegetation and have a similar digestive physiology to the human body, the lesson here is that eating plenty of green-leafed vegetation increases strength and muscle mass.
All the building blocks necessary to construct and energize your body are present in plants. Out of the 22 amino acids found in the body, 8 must be derived from food. The body is capable of recycling and manufacturing the other 14 amino acids by itself. All 8 essential amino acids are packaged in abundance in raw plant foods, especially green leaves.
Raw plant fats are "fatty." They are heavy. They will put just the right amount of fat on your body to give you excellent proportions and a good shape. They also add weight indirectly by providing fuel for working the muscles to build muscle mass. However, eating more fats alone will not cause weight gain, greens must be added. Fats help the body assimilate the amino acids and minerals from greens.
I have eaten this mixture for lunch and dinner on many occasions. After several years on The Raw-Food Diet, my weight stabilized at 150 pounds (68 kg). This salad combination, in conjunction with vigorous exercise, helped me gain 18 pounds (8.2 kg) and reach 168 pounds (76 kg) in a span of two years while maintaining my all-raw diet and a body-fat level of 9.4%. I am 6 feet tall (190 cm).
Another good weight gain combination I have enjoyed is eating avocadoes with Nature's First Law olives and chasing them with green juice.
The heaviest tissues in your body are muscle, fat, and bone in that order. It has been estimated that 50% of your body weight is muscle!
Consistent exercise is also important for gaining weight. Engage in rigorous exercise; work and enlarge your muscles; increase your muscle mass by doing more resistant, anaerobic exercise.
Also, consider the wise words of the Greek historian Herodotus: "Exposure to the Sun is highly necessary in persons whose health needs restoring and who have need of putting on weight." The ancient Greeks and Romans knew the Sun feeds the muscles. For males, the Sun's rays on the skin and the genital organs stimulate the production of testosterone which increase muscle size and sexual potency. The muscles receive an increase amount of blood flow when they are exposed to Sunlight. This helps to provide nutrients to build strength.
Slowing the metabolism will allow one to increase their weight. There is great value in avoiding frequent snacks. The way to gain weight on The Sunfood Diet is to eat more food, less often! The more often you eat, the quicker your metabolism runs, and the more weight you will lose. The less often you eat, the slower will be your metabolism, and the more weight you will gain or retain. Also and again, to gain weight one must eat more green-leafy foods and fats and eat less sweet fruits, as described above.
People who are of an ayurvedic vata constitution (typically a person who tends to be thin already) will find great weight gain value in blending salads to create soups (see Sequoia's Calcium Soup in the Recipes section of this book for more information on blended raw soups). Blending the food adds more caloric value and increases the mineral density of foods, both of which have a balancing effect for a vata constitution.
For the best possible information on body-building and weigh gain on a raw plant-food diet, read raw-food body builder, Stephen Arlin's new book Raw Power! His book outlines many great strategies on gaining healthy weight and super-strength. It includes five weekly work-out programs, a raw-food recipe section for gaining weight and building muscle, and a seasonal produce availability chart. Stephen is 6'2" and currently weighs 225 pounds (102 kilograms) eating all-raw plant foods. Listen to someone who is getting the results you desire!
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