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Curing Fat Man

by Robert L. Seltman
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"Nothing Beats Success"
Less Meat means
Faster Weight Loss

Is it masculine pride or stupidity, sometimes it is hard to distinguish between the two, but I have always referred to myself as an omnivore. There is something machismo about eating anything and everything. Unfortunately, there is very little, about being obese, that is masculine.

In fact, being fat can be a sexually humiliating experience for either sex. So putting my Tyrannosaurus Rex alter-ego aside, I have chosen a healthier self image. I have abandoned 'what and how much I can eat' as a source of pride, to a more sensible 'eat less and feel better' formular.

Firstly, as a carnivore, I tried, mastered, and was eventually defeated by the Atkins 'high protien low carbohydrate' diet. I initially loved the idea of massive meat consumption and the promise of fast weight loss. But in time I found how much a positive role carbohydrates played in my world and how damning 'all that meat' becomes.

Even with a marked increase in exercise and lose of weight, there is no easy way to integrate the extremes of Atkins dieting into a mainstream life-style. I tried and failed, in a way I could never have imagined. I experienced the most drastic 'bounce back' in my life, jumping from 105 kilo (230 lbs.) to 130+ kilo (290 lbs.) in a flash.

This not only plummeted me into despair but also brought with it a slew of serious symptoms. I was on a one-way path to a pantheon of treacherous diseases. My stay in the hospital brought home the madness of high-fat high-calorie consumption.

In recovery I came to discover, by watching calories, it was not only possible to lose weight, it could be actually revitalizing. I slid comfortably into a state happier and more energetic than I had been in years. I enjoy seeing my hunger now, and utilizing my intelligence and imagination in solving this daily challenge.

I have inundated every waking hour with audio lessons, podcast information, research, and experimentation on healthy eating. I have drawn new food ideas from across the nutritional philosophical spectrum to make every meal and snack a learning adventure.

For now, I am satisfied with the new title of flexitarian (fleks.uh.TAYR.ee.un)...

A person who eats a mostly vegetarian diet, but who is also willing to eat meat or fish occasionally (Flexible + vegetarian). But my research continues to underline the hazards of modern meat consumption and the weight-loss and health advantages of the more radical raw food vegan.

Vegans generally do not eat any animal food products including fish, eggs, and dairy by-products. Their primary motivation is often sited as "seeking to exclude — as far as is possible and practical — all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promote the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment."

Raw food vegans take this one step further, by gaining the nutrition often lost by the heating of food. By the very act of eliminating baked, fried, steamed, and other forms of cooking, a raw food vegan does away with saturated fats, receives maximum nutritional value, and avoids the carcinogenicity of cooked foods... throw in animal rights, and 'eating raw' is a complete win-win situation.

The fact that vegans end up weighing less than carnivores (or even other vegetarians), along with having far less cancer and heart-related illness, all this is just a pleasant side-effect for this compassion oriented community. They actually get to look animals straight in the eyes without any lingering guilt.

Having just crawled out of my cave-man mentality, I cling to the less demanding 'flexitarian' prerogative, while secretly coveting the moral high road of these Buddhistic vegans. As an evolutionary step, and to maximise weight loss and health, raw vegan nutritional principals are decidedly the fast lane to longevity and vitality.

To secretly (to avoid the title of Food Fascist or Vegan Police) embrace the vegan's nutritional perspective, and gently move toward more and more raw vegetable and fruit ingestion, can only facilitate success.

Clean, preferably organically grown, fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes are the solution. Meat and dairy are near impossible to find in a healthy state, and have been proven a negative factor in our modern diet.

Personal nutritional evolution reads Carnivore > Omnivore > Flexitarian > Vegetarian > Vegan > Raw Food Vegan. Get use to it. It may be your fastest path to the good life. Jump in while you still can.