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From: Larry (
Subject:         Question on 80-10-10 weight loss
Date: May 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm PST

I have just finished reading the 80-10-10 Diet book and plan
to start tomorrow, but I have a question that should be

First, to give you some background, I have been low-fat,
plant-based, starch-centered vegan for a long time, basically
following McDougall. It's fine, but I lose no weight. I want
to lose about 20 pounds. I have done a 2 week juice "reboot"
just now, so I'm not carrying around a heavy sodium load to
lose. I lost some on the reboot, but I was hungry, and
everyone agrees a juice-only diet is not sustainable or
intended to be. Before I read 80-10-10, I expected to dismiss
it as just a bunch of unsupported beliefs from "those raw food
nuts", but to my surprise Dr. Graham did an excellent job of
explaining things scientifically and what he says makes
perfect sense. He got bonus points (in my opinion) for also
dismissing the whole dehydrating/high fat raw thing.

So here is my question. Everyone says that when you start 80-
10-10, one thing you have to learn is to eat a larger quantity
of fruit than you would have thought possible. I'm sure
adapting to that is a gradual process. If I eat one apple or
1 to 2 bananas, I get very full currently. The argument for
eating a lot of fruit is to have adequate calories, but isn't
it true that hunger should be your guide? Why would I force
myself to eat 8 bananas if I feel stuffed after 2? I can
always eat again later, but 2 bananas keeps me full for a few
hours. Shouldn't I only eat more food if I feel hungry to eat
more food?

Also, I WANT to lose 20 pounds to get back to my young adult
weight and to what I consider an optimal BMI. I know on 80-
10-10 I can eat AS MUCH fruit as I want. But isn't it true
that to lose weight I can eat AS LITTLE fruit as I want
provided that I do not feel hungry? Isn't it just up to my
body whether I should eat more fruit than I currently feel
that I would want?

Thanks for any thoughts.

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