According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third (35.7%) of adults in the United States are obese. As if those findings aren’t alarming enough, additional studies have projected that by 2030, the unhealthy trend will grow as 42% of U.S. adults will likely be obese.
Miranda Martinez can relate, although these days she’s brimming with confidence. Two and a half years ago and 66 pounds overweight, Miranda Martinez was a part of these statistics. But now, she’s 66 pounds slimmer, attributing her success to the fact that she adopted a raw food lifestyle. “For me, the raw food diet has really made a huge difference in my life,” she says. “Not only have I been able to lose the weight, but I’ve kept it off.”
Martinez, who is a raw food health coach, chef and speaker (with a list of TV commercials and films under her belt to boot) says she enjoys eating a lot of fruits and vegetables. “It’s easy to keep up with and at the same time, I’m full.”
Why Raw Foods Work for Weight Loss
In addition to the lower caloric content of such foods, the juices from raw fruits and vegetables keep people feeling fuller longer, helping to stave off cravings for processed foods (loaded with simple carbohydrates). Furthermore, it’s easier for the body to break down and absorb nutrients from raw foods, converting stored fat into energy faster than a non-raw diet.
Martinez is confident a raw food diet will work for anyone, suggesting they “take it one day at a time” by first eliminating processed foods and then gradually changing to a diet that includes raw foods, nuts and seeds. While not 100% raw, she is vegan and Martinez has also eliminated items that are homogenized and pasteurized or include added sugars.
The CDC notes that obesity-related problems like heart disease and stroke, which are preventable, are obesity related.