R A W P OW E R Dessert for break­fast? Tuck into an abun­dance of calo­ries to stay slim and fit. By Li Ying Lim. D T X

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on’t know much about #rawtill4? You should now. A quick search on Instagram will show you how this re­fresh­ing life­style has in­spired many con­verts who reg­u­larly post beau­ti­ful smiles and colour­ful dishes on their ac­counts, ex­alt­ing the re­mark­able changes they are feel­ing. There are also those who have suc­cess­fully trans­formed their sil­hou­ettes from obese to su­per fit, and hap­pily sing the praises of this in­cred­i­ble detox. And no, it is not a yo-yo diet – this ef­fec­tive eat­ing method is sus­tain­able for life.

Es­sen­tially, the high-carb, plant-based diet al­lows you to eat as much as you want. The only caveat is that the food be un­cooked and ve­gan un­til 4pm, af­ter which you may have a cooked meal, mak­ing it per­fect for those who want the best of both worlds. And it is not all green sal­ads and bell pep­pers; en­joy un­lim­ited fruits for vi­tal en­ergy in the day­time, and gluten-free grains, corn pasta, or sweet pota­toes (any­thing eas­ily di­gestible) for din­ner. Tip: If you need more flavour, lemon juice and herbs are ex­cel­lent sub­sti­tutes for un­health­ful salt. he best part? “This diet is all about abun­dance. If you limit your calo­ries, you are teach­ing your body to store fat,” says YouTube sen­sa­tion Freelee, an early pro­po­nent of the diet. Once a vic­tim of eat­ing dis­or­ders and diet-drug abuse, she now main­tains a fit physique and health­ful weight of 115 pounds. “Your brain thinks it is go­ing into star­va­tion mode. You want to teach your body to be­come a fat burner.” The proof is in the eat­ing: Freelee con­sumes an av­er­age of 30 dates in one meal and does not look a day over 25. kay, not all calo­ries are cre­ated equal. Here are a few ground rules: No meat or dairy, and min­i­mal fat. Fruits are good be­fore cooked food but not af­ter as you don’t want them to fer­ment. Chick­peas, beans, and lentils are low-carb so keep those to a min­i­mum. “Many eat a high amount of fat or un­der-eat, then revert to meat as they feel un­healthy,” notes Freelee. You need 1,000 calo­ries for break­fast and lunch, and 1,000 calo­ries or more with a ve­gan din­ner. -ray your food com­bi­na­tion. Raw in the day and cooked at night means easy di­ges­tion; the re­verse cre­ates acid­ity and causes dis­com­fort. Try a salad be­fore din­ner. “Raw food has en­zymes that help break down meals,” ex­plains Kim­berly Sny­der, nutri­tion­ist to pop star Fergie. “You’ll use fewer of your own en­zymes, free­ing them to help you lose weight and detox faster.” “Healthy does not have to be com­pli­cated,” adds Nika Karan, a yoga teacher and health coach. “Add nu­tri­tious op­tions to your diet and change your eat­ing pat­terns.”

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