What is Raw Till 4? Are there any health benefits with this lifestyle? Is this food plan a good fit for you? Read more about the RT4 lifestyle below and decide for yourself.
Move over ‘Low Carb’ Diets because there is a new lifestyle in town called Raw Till 4. Supporters of this lifestyle claim that their bodies stay lean, clean and even disease free.
Raw Till 4, or RT4 for short, is a diet based upon the food macro ratio of (90/5/5) ninety percent of calories coming from carbohydrates and ten percent split between fats and proteins. Although it is a plant based high carb vegan diet relative to the 80/10/10 plan, the main difference is that RT4 encourages the consumption of ‘healthy cooked carbs’ at night with low or no sodium (so kiss the sauce goodbye, folks!).
To learn more information about protein, carbohydrate and fat ratios (aka. food macro nutrients) and instructions on how to calculate your individual nutritional needs use an online macro calculator and online food diary like cronometer.
As with any lifestyle change, consulting with a professional before embarking on any diet change is a must.
Who coined the term Raw Till 4?
Freelee the Banana Girl and Durianrider (aka Harley), the once exclusive fully raw fruitarians from down under now promote a healthy long-term vegan lifestyle of unlimited high fruit raw foods until 4pm then consume unlimited cooked vegan carbs (organic potatoes, yams, rice, quinoa etc.) until a few hours before an early bedtime. They have been at this RT4 lifestyle for approximately one year making Raw Till 4 a relatively ‘new diet’. Although they already had amazingly athletic bodies from 7+ years of eating mostly raw fruit, as seen on their most recent youtube videos they still sport incredibly lean and fit bodies.
The ‘proof is in the banana pudding’ as Freelee often says. This bike riding duo seem to have unlimited amounts of energy and swear by their lifestyle choices and want the whole world to know about how fabulous they feel when eating RT4.
The most evident key to this lifestyle according to Freelee and Durianrider is unlimited carbohydrate eating. There are absolutely no restrictions or limitations when consuming a high carb, low fat, raw vegan lifestyle. Freelee and Durianrider call this “carbing the —- up!”.
The science behind this lifestyle is not based upon calories in or out, but RT4 is focused on getting glucose to the brain and muscles quickly and effectively. The body converts all maros (protein, fat and carbohydrates) into fuel. The best part about carbohydrates from fruit is that it easily and almost instantly converts into glucose energy the essential brain and body fuel. Fruit and vegetables are also high in antioxidants which prevent the infamous processed sugar crash known as oxidization.
Whereas, protein and fat need to be converted into glucose before being used as energy which takes a significant amount of effort. Could that be reason why it is so hard to stick to a low carb diet – the brain is constantly waiting for glucose?!
All calories aside – keeping an active lifestyle is another key factor in order to obtaining the ‘fountain of youthful’ benefits of the Raw Till 4 lifestyle. Since this eating program promotes unlimited calories, the body must stay active in order to stay lean. Carbohydrates are easily turned into energy and easily burned off if a regular workout regimen is considered.
Building up muscles and turning the body into a fat burning machine doesn’t mean that the RT4 eater needs to work out every day all day. Instead, working out regularly for 30-45 minutes a few times a week, and integrating one super intense routine per week, every week – will transform your flab into firm and sexy power. Note, every week – no fitness vacations included!
Alcohol, Drugs and Processed Foods
Eliminate the guilty pleasures and reap the rewards.
If you were told that you could be the best you, inner and outer, by consuming high carb, low fat, low sodium and NO alcohol and drugs (including nicotine or caffeine) – would you? Well, this is what Raw Till 4 claims. It certainly doesn’t sound ‘too good to be true’ because eliminating sodium, fat, drugs and alcohol is very difficult to do in this day and age. But the fitness communities have always promoted the limited consumption of these items. Could eliminating these guilty pleasures truly have the power to transform your life from flab to fab? No matter how many results are accounted for, self discovery is the only way to answer that question.
Human Growth Hormone
Don’t be a night owl because humans by default are not nocturnal.
Keeping your dream time in check is just as important as eating healthy and exercising regularly. Consider going to bed early and sleeping in later in order to obtain the full benefits of the Raw Till 4 diet.
The Human Growth Hormone, released during a healthy sleep cycle, is responsible for regulating body fat composition, fluids, muscles and bone growth, metabolism and even heart function. Coincidently sleep and exercise induce the regular release of this hormone from the endocrine system. So if you are planning on ‘carbing up’ be sure to get your daily calorie burn and keep a regular sleep cycle for the greatest RT4 body benefits.
Vegan For Life
The most mandatory aspect of Raw Till 4 is the Vegan lifestyle. That means absolutely no animal products whatsoever. There are so many anti-animal product studies around, proving that veganism can in-fact reduce and/or eliminate an astonishing amount of disease found in the first world countries. From weight loss, acne control, to curing autoimmune diseases, eliminating animal products from any diet certainly has proven benefits.
One of the eyebrow raising themes of this diet is the integration of B12 injections. Veganism is known to be lacking in a few vitamins and minerals, and B12 happens to be an important factor to consider. If one was to embark on a RT4 lifestyle, regularly checking B12 levels and supplementing when necessary is certainly necessary.
Initial Weight Gain
Seeking a youthful glow and fit body is almost metaphorically like finding the ‘holy grail’. With all of the stress associated with trying to obtain a fabulously fit body, some people end up ruining their metabolism. The body takes time to adjust from starvation mode and lack of nutrients. Any dietary change can affect the body in many ways. However, the Raw Till 4 goer’s swear by the long term results.
7 Day Meal Plan
If you are interested in trying the Raw Till 4 program, there is a 7 Day Meal Plan video made by Freelee, designed for new-bees to the RT4 movement. You can access that meal plan video by following this link.
If you have any further questions about the RT4 check out the Raw Till 4 website and fit-seeking community here.
And to conclude with the popular RT4 saying, be sure to go fruit and root yourself today!