Q: I want to start the raw food diet, but do not want to lose weight has i am under weight already. I need tips to gain or at least maintain my weight. I do lift weights as part of my exercise routine.
Thanks for the question,
Losing "weight" on a raw foods diet is a definite probability. But the weight might be excess fat and water retention due to detoxing. By weight I am assuming you are talking about muscle. It is not that complicated to keep muscle while on a raw food diet. The Vegan Effect diet program I created is 60-90 percent raw. Raw before dinner if that helps. I allow myself one cooked meal a day. For the most part the diet is a Low fat/high carb/high fruit/high alkaline diet.
The most important thing to remember is getting enough calories. My athletes (including raw body builders) typically eat 1000 calories of fruit for breakfast in the form of a green smoothie. Usually post workout. You need to eat roughly 3000 calories to maintain or grow muscle mass. Some of my mass building athletes eat as much as 5000 calories. Albeit at a higher fat ratio than our standard 70/10/20 carb/fat/protein ratios.
Please refer to my blog on building muscle ona vegan diet found here: http://the-vegan-effect.healthcoach1.integrativenutrition.com/blog/2012/05/building-muscle-on-vegan-diet
There is a raw organic food bar with 22 grams of protien that can be found here http://www.organicfoodbar.com/products/. *Note: I am not affiliated with them nor do I sell any supplements*. It is however a great bridge to meals.
Besides getting enough calories make sure you are getting around 20 grams of protein 5 times a day to maintain muscle mass. Sprouting beans, nut butters, seeds, and nuts help.
I run a 6 month online health coahcing program that includes lessons on sports nutrition and include a individualized fitness plan. I am currently running a ridiculous half off special to fill spots. If you are interested visit www.theveganeffect.com and contact me there.
Hope this helps
Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI
Q: Thank you for your responds to my letter. The reason why I want to gain weight is for a health reason not for looks. Society has nothing to do with me gaining weight. I'm 5'11 1/2" almost 6' and my weight is 137 lbs. Now to me I'm underweight for what I used to weight in my 20s. I was 150-160 lbs then but as I'd reached my 30s and having a lot of stress weigh down on me my eating habit as well my weight decrease to 120 - 130 lbs. So as you can see I had lost about 30-40 lbs. So yes I want to gain my weight so I can be happy and healthy. I understand that "gaining weight is gaining waste" if you are doing for the society or physical appearance. But that's not what I'm looking for, I'm doing it for my health. So if there a way for me to put the weight on; do you have a suggestion. I will appreciate it if not then thank you for taking the time to read my letters.
THE BEST WAY TO PUT THE WEIGHT BACK ON IS VIA EXERCISING (WEIGHT LIFTING), PERFORMING VISUALIZATION TECHNIQUES (SEEING YOURSELF WITH THE WEIGHT ON YOU) AND PERHAPS OVEREATING GOOD VEGAN FOOD
Q: Does using 3/4 tsp of senna powder with 1tsp of metamucil cause weight gain? I have been doing this regime for over 5 years every morning. My intestinal health is wonderful----and although I have rediculous eating habbits and have now started excercing properly at the age of 42, I was wondering could this have contributed. I weighed 195lbs 7 years ago and now I weigh 248lbs. I have a goal to drop 60 pounds by August of 2008. My height is 5'10"
Q: I am getting ready to purchase the FULL BODY DETOX my concern is the weight gain. Do you have a product to help gain weight? Also what product to you recommend for the skin? I continue to get black circles around the eye area.
FOR WEIGHT GAIN: BIO-PROTEIN FORMULA, ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD, AND IODINE PHOSPHATE FOR THE SKIN: BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA , VITAMIN C FORMULA, OZ OIL (EXTERNAL USE) BLACK CIRCLES UNDER THE EYE: READ OUR ARTICLE ENTITLED â€EYE PROBLEMSâ€.
Q: I have a sister that is 113 lbs. 5ft. 6in and will like to gain some weight what can I surprise her with?
There are really no products to make one gain weight. In my opinion, people should just accept the way they are if they feel fine at a present weight. Most people want to gain weight for societal reasons and this is not being authentic. We should only consume things for NUTRITION! Life is about the spiritual, not the physical. The physical is only the vehicle for the spiritual.
If you want to give her a gift to help with protein, then I recommend the BIO-PROTEIN formula.
Q: What can I eat or take as an herb to gain muscle mass, being that I?m an avid weight lifter? I've done the Full Body Cleanse and Anti-Viral Kit and I feel great! Now I need to put the mass back on.
We would suggest our Vegan Protein Powder in either capsule formula, or powder formula (which is great for smoothies). We offer great alternative-meat, high protein sources (under Meat Alternatives) in our ALTERNATIVE DIET and LIFESTYLE MANUAL.
Q: Hey, I'm seeking a good product to help me gain about 10lbs or more I eat and eat but gain little weight. Can you help?
However, you're going to have to eat excessively to gain weight, Beloved. Nature does not really support us gaining weight outside of our natural weights despite us having the free will to enhance of physiques.
Q: I was wondering if using baking soda as a deodorant and to brush teeth with was ok? I also purchased your AFRICAN-CARRIBEAN SPRING CLEANSER TEA tea, is it also supposed to make you lose weight?
Not nessarily, this tea is a potent blood purifier and helps to cleanse the major eliminative channels of the body. Use ALUMINUM FREE baking soda for these purposes!
Q: I feel I have lost too much weight. How can I gain it back?
Read the article â€WHAT CAN I DO TO GET BIGGER AND GAIN MORE WEIGHT?â€ You'll find it under "Articles." Thank you for inquiring!
Q: Hi, I'm a 36 year old African/American woman with 4 children whose been trying to lose weight off and on for the past 16 years. I lose the weight but then I gain it right back after I go off of my diet. I know that I need a good body/colon cleanse, but what I need to learn how to do is to eat the right food's to keep my body healthy. I've been conditioned to eat the foods that I do eat, I need to know how do I go about "de-programming" myself from the bad food's and program myself to want and crave the healthy one's? I'm open to any suggestion's you have, even using crystals and meditation. Thank you.
Time is limited here in "Ask the Herbalist" so I humbly request you consider a full length health consultation. However, I can tell you that you'd greatly benefit from a FULL BODY DETOX Cleanse.
Q: I had a surgery on my stomach about 6 years ago (perforated ulcer). I never gain my weight back I am now 41 and would like to gain about 50lbs. Should I get the BIO-PROTEIN POWDER MIXor another powder in pill form (I forgot the name)
To naturally gain about 50 lbs, try eating a bunch of almonds, avocados, baked potatoes, etc. Take BIO-PROTEIN FORMULA (6 caps daily, use powder in smoothies). Use visualization techniques. See yourself how you desire to be!
Q: Hello, I've always heard that people can't "Spot loose" when it comes to weight, however, I've done it but don't really know what it was that cause the "spot weight" lose. My question and dilemma is: I tend to gain weight in my breast area and mid section but no where else. I am apple shaped. I know it isn't good for the heart and I want to loose mostly my breast. What would you recommend eating or not and what type of exercise would you recommend. Thank you!
Spot losing is a myth or sorts. I'm not saying it can't happen but it's highly unlikely and completely uncontrollable. Your body picks and chooses where it gains/loses weight and they are not always in the same spots. Some people gain weight proportionately and some gain it in certain spots (hips, thighs, breasts, belly). I do get asked this question a lot from women "How do I lose weight in my gut or hip area but not in my breast?". The truth is that there is no real answer for that. Your own spot loss was probably just luckiness and apararently exactly where you needed it to.
As far as eating is concerned nothing causes the body to fat more than these two things. One is a high nutrient density, high alkaline, high raw, low fat, vegan diet. The other is juice fasting. Both are extremely helpful.
Foods know and studied to cause weight loss are beans, greens, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, raw apple cider vinegar, oatmeal, and fruits and veggies. Noe of which have been conclusive in causing the body to lose fat in certain spots of the body.
I run a highly successful health, nutrition, and fitness coaching company. I have coached many people to a vast number of health goals. Weight loss is one of my specialties. My 6 month program is designed to give people all the tools they need to reach their goals. My six month program includes lessons on weight loss, juice fasting, alkalinity, meal planning and meal timing, and also comes with a 90 day fitness plan. To see if my program is right for you fill out this health form found here (http://the-vegan-effect.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/forms) and claim your free first consultation.
The best and most efficient exercises for weight loss are cardio exercises. That is however only part of the equation. Learning how to interval train is your most efficient way to burn fat. You may burn more fat at 60 percent of your maximum heart rate but if you interval train where you change your intensity and heart rate you burn more calories in less time and more fat. Also with low intensity cardio the burn effect ends when you end your training as where interval training keeps your metabolism stoked for hours after training maximizing your burn.
Here is an example of interval training
4:30 seconds warm up (moderate speed)
30 seconds sprint
4:30 seconds recovery (moderate speed)
30 seconds sprint
4:30 seconds recovery (moderate speed)
Continue intervals for anywhere from 20-30 minutes
The second best way is to do high rep, low - moderate weight exercises. Circuit training where you go from one exercise to another with as little as 30 seconds rest in between sets.
Here is an example:
Jumping jacks 1 minute
Crunches 1 minute
Pushups 1 minute
Squats 1 minute
3 sets of 12 alternating lunge to shoulder press
3 sets chest press x 12
3 sets of bent over rows x 12
3 sets of bicep curls
3 sets of triceps extensions
1 minute of jump squats
1 minute of Lunge and press
You want to focus more on exercises that move more than one muscle. Focus on compound exercises (squats, pushups/chest press, pull-up/lat pull downs). Also focus on exercises that make you move like jumping jacks, mountain climbers, and burpees.
Hope this helps,
Gary Gibson HHC CPT
Q: What herbal product should I use in place of the prescribed medication for an STD. Also I have a hard time gaining weight. My metabolism is really fast and prevents me from gaining any weight. Is there anything to help me gain weight?
Recommendation: FULL BODY DETOX followed by ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. Read MENTAL SCIENCE MANUAL e-book during healing period. Highly recommended! We'll deal with weight issue in next step of your healing process.
Q: Good morning. I tried the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and followed the diet. I must say that I am amazed at how good I feel. Energetic and focused but alas, I only lost 3 pounds in the 3 weeks. I am 5'5 and currently at 181 pounds. My body is extremely resistant to weight loss. I have done several different types of detox including the IZO juice cleanse in the last year and had not lost weight. I don't even seem to respond to a very low calorie diet. I do have elevated liver Enzyme levels and a recent blood test showed low B6 vitamin and not proper protein digestion. I exercise 3 times a week and I eat rather health and mostly organic. Please HELP. Thanks
This means that your body focused on another area that was of more importance than weight release. your mind wanted weight reduction but your body intelligence focused on something else. Go with the flow of the body intelligence and trust it. You apparently have an energetic block that prevents you from physically releasing weight (since you've tried other programs). Consider scheduling a consultation so we can get at the energetic/emotional root of your problem. Simply stop worrying about "losing" weight. Focus on what you desire (to see yourself in the size you desire). Don't focus on what you don't want (i.e. to lose weight).
Q: So what if someone had their thyroid removed..except a some amount. No insurance to be on medicine what can one take to help the slugginess (tired) and help one from gaining weight? I've gain weight since my surgery also.
We recommend our Thyroid Aid for your thyroid condition. Your body is deficient in iodine. The thyroid gland regulates metabolism and with a malfunction (or partial removal) of this gland you are prone to gain weight.
Q: I have been bleeding since 4/13/08. I desperately need help. Is there an herb you could recommend that I take? I had to stop working because of my dizziness and lack of energy. At this time I can't afford a whole lot due to my financial situation. I am 26 and have been a vegan for 6yrs. And I am 40lbs over weight. Two years ago I had problems with my right foot (my arch). This is really when my menstrual problems started. The weight gain, irregular bleeding, and digestive problems. It has being on going ever since. I am from Liberia. Came to the U.S in 2000. Please help me.
Q: I am in need of cleansing my body and weight removal! (Removal and not loss because I don't want to find it again)! I need to remove about 80 pounds of unhealthy weight from my body and would like to do so in a natural way. I looked at both your Female Cleanse and the Full Body Cleanse, but don't know which is a better option for me to follow right now? I eat a lot of organic foods, I juice (some) but need to increase my water intake (A LOT). I don't drink much soda at all and when I do it is organic carbonated lemonade. I realize carbonated drinks are not good for us and limit how much I drink. My body lets me know when I have eaten something that is not good for me by causing my hands and feet to swell. To reduce this I drink water. I am allergic to wheat and try to stay away from it as much as possible. I have few ailments and have started working out again (cardio and weight training). I also looked at your weight loss products, but thought I should maybe detox first. What do you think? Any assistance you can offer on your products and which ones I should take is of great appreciation.
A: The best thing for you is the Full Body Cleanse. The Full Body Cleanse will allow you to remove unwanted weight, while also optimizing your entier body so that you can maintain that weight and live a healthier lifestyle.
Q: I am a massage therapist. During a year long detox with the help of a Naturopath I lost about 40 pounds. However, I could only lose weight while fasting. Though I recognized that I was extremely toxic (very thick, dark menses every 15 days to flu-like symptoms) it seemed that fecal matter was getting "stuck" in the bend of the trans. Colon and disc. Colon. Maintaining the weight losses and good health was difficult in spite of being on a wholesome diet. Digestive enzymes seemed to adversely affect digestion since elimination was slow (once a day). Though enzymes worked well in the stomach, I would only gain weight with the use of enzymes: drinking a gallon of water a day only touched my extreme thirst. I would become lethargic and experience painful menses. Cramps, along with swelling in the ankles. Recently a massage therapist who worked with colon massage laid hands on me and told me that my trans. colon was sitting below my belly button. His massaging in the bend of the trans. colon and the disc. Colon was very uncomfortable. We agreed that massage could help with my situation since I felt great after the massage. I take flaxseed oil, prune juice, probiotics, and cranberry juice everyday and I have been seeing a colon hydro therapist for the past five weeks (once a week) with very good results. Is there a special diet that can help pull the trans colon back into position? I really want to be able to eat wholesome foods and look and feel wholesome at the same time. Thank you for your support.
I WOULD RECOMMEND COLON REPAIR. CONSIDER THE DHERBS 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE AND IT'S CORRELATING DIET (WHICH COMES WITH THE CLEANSE) AND DRINK MUCH VEGETABLE AND FRUIT JUICE, BUT ESPECIALLY VEGETABLE JUICE. FRUITS SMOOTHIES WILL ALSO HELP REPAIR THE COLON. DRINK 2-4 OUNCES OF ALOE VERA JUICE IN A GLASS OF WATER. PERFORM ANTI-GRAVITY EXERCISES 15-MINUTES PER DAY (HAVE LEGS RAISED HIGHER THAN THE FACE - I.E. LEGS UP AGAINST THE WALL WITH HEAD AND BACK ON THE GROUND). PERFORM ENEMAS AND COLONICS AS WELL. ALL ORGANS ARE REPAIRABLE AND THEREFORE YOU CAN HEAL YOURSELF OF THIS CRISIS. PEACE, OPTIMAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING BE UNTO YOU.
Q: I would like to know if the WEIGHT RELEASE FORMULA helps you lose weight and also does this supplement comes with a diet plan.
Q: I have a friend who had contacted me in helping her with a sickness she has. The doctors can not find anything wrong with her, except they told her she couldn't have wheat gluten. She says she has been sick for over a year. Her weight at one time was 138, that would be a little heavy for her 5' height. But she is down to 80 lbs....and can not put any weight on. This is under weight, and unhealthy as she is a meat eater. I can certainly recommend a cleanse, and can help her with a great diet...if she is willing....But what possibly could be keeping her from gaining any weight? Any information is helpful.
Sounds to me like your friend has a serious parasite infestational problem. Parasites could be stealing her food and nutrition. I suggest the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the PARASITE AND WORM CLEANSE AND REGIMEN.