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Will eating more raw foods help you to lose weight?

The following information seems to support the idea that eating a lot of raw food and drinking fresh juices will help you lose weight. According to Dr. Neil Barnard, eating raw foods help to increase the body's metabolism and to lose weight more effectively.

It has been stated in farmers’ magazines, that if you want your hogs to fatten up quickly, you feed them cooked potatoes, not raw; that if you want your cattle to gain weight, you feed them cooked grain, not raw.

Animals given raw, enzyme rich foods never gain weight regardless of calorie intake. Given cooked, enzyme poor food, they fatten up.

Another interesting fact is that you just don't see fat animals in the wild.

Fruits and vegetables promote weight loss because they ...

• are very low in fat
• are low in calories
• are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals.
• eliminate wastes quickly and help reduce cravings for sweets
• keep your energy levels steady so you don't become too hungry or too tired
• boost your metabolic rate
• burn calories more effectively
• carry off excess body acids
• are rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes that satisfy the body's nutrient requirements with less food.

Some foods like, broccoli, asparagus, celery, and strawberries, may even contain negative calories -- foods that burn more calories processing them than the actual calorie content of the food itself. A 5-calorie piece of celery may take 100 calories to digest resulting in a net loss of 95 calories from your body fat.

The more you eat from the negative calorie food list, the more you may lose!

If you find it difficult to include a variety of fruits and vegetables into your family’s diet, you can substitute some servings with fresh fruit juices, thick and frothy fruit smoothies, fresh
vegetable juices, and gazpacho. Juicing allows you to eat more of the vegetables than you would normally otherwise.

Freshly made juices are a tremendous source of bio-available vitamins and minerals which are the partners of enzymes and co-enzymes. Vitamins activate enzymes and without vitamins, enzymes could not carry out their work, and we could not live.

Enzymes act as catalysts in hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions that take place throughout your body, and are essential for digesting, absorbing and converting food into body
tissue. Enzymes produce energy at the cellular level and are critical for most of the metabolic activities taking place in your body every second of every day.

Another benefit of drinking fresh juices and smoothies is that your body can absorb MORE of the vitamins and minerals then if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole! Many of the nutrients are TRAPPED in the fiber and by blending fruits and vegetables, you break down the fiber and release the vital nutrients.

Example:
When you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to assimilate a small percentage of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced, removing the fiber, a LARGE percentage of the beta carotene can be assimilated by your body.

And unlike other types of foods (such as those high in fat that many of us eat too much of), plain fruits and vegetables are items we don't need to restrict. So take advantage of the
known and yet-to-be-discovered health and weight loss benefits of fruits and vegetables by eating and drinking a wide variety (5 to 9 servings) each day.

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