Some time after April of this year I decided to check out RT4. For those of you who have no idea what Raw Till 4 is, it’s a vegan diet/life style where your diet consist of a ton of raw/fruit & veggies (mainly fruit) throughout the day and once 4pm rolls around you load up on some cooked carbs such as rice, potatoes, corn, pasta. It also follows the 80/10/10 principle and there is no added salt. You also want to down a butt load of water, 2-3 liters. Freelee (The Banana Girl) has coined Raw Till 4. She has a story to tell about her weight loss journey and how she overcame an eating disorder as well as some health issues on a vegan diet.
So, I thought this sounded interesting. I wanted to eat more raw fruits and veggies and have a bit more energy to get back into running and just feel better. Granted, I already was starting to feel better around this time because I had eased up on the salt and I also stopped cooking with oil. I stopped buying so much processed food and ate a more whole food plant based diet (which use to be veganism actually…before companies invented vegan junk food). My skin started to clear up and I started to run longer and had less pain and soreness. So why did I want to eat RT4? Well, it came back to the whole raw movement. I really wanted to see how I felt eating a more raw vegan diet. I think most vegans experiment with a raw diet. I always hear vegans talk about how they use to be raw.
So, I did this for a few months (100% for a month or a little longer). I started off slower. I did a 8 banana smoothie and worked up to 10. Once I realized 10 was a bit too much for my 5’5 frame and I wasn’t doing some serious cardio EVERY day, I went back to 8. The problem I have with RT4 is I don’t PERSONALLY, mind you, feel satisfied, full, satiated on fruit. What happens with me is I end up eating like I’m absolutely starving come dinner time. I haven’t necessarily gained weight doing RT4. As soon as I dropped the oil, I lost 8 pounds within a month or less. Once I started doing RT4 my weight sort of fluctuated about 2-3 pounds, depending on my activity, how many smoothies I had, how much salt I had. It wasn’t bad enough to stress that I was gaining weight from RT4. I have been drinking a lot more water, that in itself makes a huge difference. But I decided yesterday that I would go back to just a simple low fat vegan diet and eat until I’m full. This RT4 business was also getting pricey.
Recently a bunch of vegans did some YouTube videos about RT4 and how it didn’t work for them. They were doing RT4 much, much longer than I have and some of them gained 15-20lbs on this diet. Some had goals to lose weight, being much heavier and overweight than others, did not lose any weight even after a year. I actually lost all my weight by just eating vegan. Nothing special. In fact I was still eating processed and fatty foods. I still lost weight. Probably would have had better skin and lost weight faster on a more whole foods diet but I was a little clueless at the time.
I think the real cause for most of them was they ate too many calories and were confused by Freelee telling them unlimited calories was okay. If you’re sitting on your butt for most of the week, and you’re eating 3,000 or more calories, then logic tells you, you will gain weight. Freelee says to make sure you get most of your calories from fresh fruit but, some of us can’t afford to eat this way. Especially if it’s 100% organic. I would have ate more fruit and maybe for me, I would have felt less hungry by dinner time. But my budget and the quality of fruit in Wisconsin is not the greatest. I think this was another issue with most of these people.
Okay! So…unfortunately, Freelee and Harley (her boyfriend) didn’t take nicely to the mass of videos speaking negatively about RT4. Today they released a video in response to all the “noobs”. In my opinion, they should have handled it in a more professional manor. Instead they name called, claimed these women were jealous, they weren’t doing the diet correctly and because they had children, that had also been the problem. I was really disappointed in them. Because it was incredibly immature the way they handled it. They’re suppose to be compassionate people. It really made me bummed to see their response to the vegans who just wanted to switch to a more basic vegan diet. I don’t see the problem? They get offended way too easily and that, in my opinion, makes you look weak. RT4 is not the end-all be-all and it’s okay to eat a basic low fat vegan diet. It’s STILL vegan! Why is this a problem?! You guys watch the video for yourselves. Just search Freelee on YouTube and watch the new video “The Raw Till 4 Diet Made Me Fat!!!! Freelee is a LIAR!”
I don’t believe people who are extremely over weight should be babied, I do believe people need to be honest with them, if they genuinely care. HOWEVER, I DON’T agree with name calling. It’s childish, it’s hurtful, rude…I could go on about how wrong it is and how they should have handled this so much better. All I know is, RT4, it’s a decent diet. I totally agree with the principles of it. I don’t believe you can eat unlimited calories. And I don’t believe it’s for everyone. Not everyone feels satiated on just fruit. I’m not going to go on about this but I will leave a link to a video that explains why some people just don’t do well on this diet.
My opinion is, EAT A WHOLE FOODS PLANT BASED DIET! And you’re good! Why are we complicated things and creating self-esteem issues, calling each other names and not caring about one another?! We’re all suppose to be making a better life for ourselves, for others and that includes ALL species! CAN’T WE ALL GET ALONG?!?!
Hope you guys are enjoying your week and I just wanted to say that I have found so many vegans on YouTube through RT4 that are inspiring and loaded with facts and info, personal opinions and just lovely people. I have learned how to drink more water, eat less salt and eating more raw fruits and veggies, with that said, I appreciate both Freelee and Harley for introducing me to these… blessings! But until they can act more appropriately toward negativity and treat others with respect, I cannot watch them any longer. That’s just me.
Take care guys! As always, thanks for following! 😊
Here is the link I promised (below). I will also be linking some YouTube channels next blog for you guys to check out.