A few days ago, I was looking at the comments of a YouTube I was watching and saw that someone mentioned a woman who had lost 100lbs in eight months. I went to this woman’s YouTube channel to check her out.
Her name is Melissa. She adopted a 80/10/10 way of eating that helped her lose the weight.
Whenever I come across videos made by people who lost weight eating high carb, I find myself instantly drawn to their passion. In the raw food community, it seems like the people who follow 80/10/10 get a lot of crap thrown their way. But how can you fault someone for loving fruit?
For me, one of the bigger reasons why losing weight has been difficult is because I just don’t know what to believe in. I also don’t give myself a chance to stick with anything long enough to know if it really works for my body. I’ll start something, but then in the midst of it, I’ll read something or watch a video that makes me question whether or not what I’m doing is the right thing.
In the video below, Melissa gives three weight loss tips based on her experience:
-Stop working out. Instead, focus on strengthening your posture.
-Eat 4,000 calories/day in the form of mostly fruits and vegetables.
-Stop weighing yourself with a scale and, instead, take monthly progress photos.
A part of me really wants to try her method. Who wouldn’t want to lose 100lbs in eight months? Beyond that, the idea of all those fruits and veggies healing the body sounds awesome.
But 4,000 calories a day? It’s hard to wrap my brain around that when you think of how we’re always taught, if you want to lose weight, “eat less and move more” or that if you want to lose weight rapidly you should eat 1200-1500 calories a day.
I also wonder, in terms of quantity, how much food that would be. It seems like so much. Then again, I’m sure at various times I’ve eaten 4,000 calories while binging on junk food without being aware of it.
Her advice reminds me of a consultation I had earlier this year with Susan Powter (I’ll have to write about that soon. It was a crazy experience.) She also adamantly said that I should be eating, at least, 3,000 calories a day of carbs and that 1,200 calories/day was, essentially, starving myself.
In her videos, I’ve heard Melissa say more than once, “You’re going to eat like it’s your job.” The ironic thing, for me, is that one of the reasons I’ve gained so much weight is because I get so caught with work and other things that I don’t eat for long periods of time. Then when I do, I eat large quantities of high-fat, high-sodium foods.
In the last few weeks, I’ve been doing the Six Week Body Makeover “diet” and that’s helped me get into the habit of eating every two and a half hours. It’s been a difficult habit to get into. When I’m in the flow of doing something, I don’t want to stop to eat.
I don’t know if I agree with Melissa’s advice to not work out. Cardio does so much good for the heart. What about strength training?
It just so happens that I bought groceries two days ago and my fridge and kitchen is fully stocked with fruits and greens. I’m going to give this a try for the next two weeks.
I reached out to Melissa to ask if I could interview her. She hasn’t gotten back to me, but I hope she will. I think there’s a lot to be learned from what she’s accomplished.