How I Lost 61 Pounds By Improving My Diet And Lifestyle

by Andrew

Me after I started my raw food diet doing a handstand scorpion

Me after I started my raw food diet doing a handstand scorpion


My name is Andrew Perlot, and I've lost 61 pounds since starting my journey toward health.

How? I was overweight and sick in my childhood and teenage years. I maxed out at 220 pounds when I was 17 years old, but that's when I turned the corner.

That year I started a serious exercise routine and started eating less meat, dairy, eggs, and processed foods.

I dropped down to 190 pounds by the time I turned 18, but I was just getting started.

When I was 19 I started a cooked vegan diet, and I lost another 10 pounds, getting down to 180. I also felt better than I ever had.

However, due to all the grains and starches in a cooked vegan diet, my colitis - a serious intestinal disorder I'd suffered from beginning in middle school - started to get worse.

In 2005 I tried switching to a low fat raw vegan diet based around whole fruits and vegetables and my results were remarkable.

My colitis disappeared completely, and, as of October 2011, I'm down to an all-time low of 159 pounds.

I feel great, I've got far more energy and mental clarity, and I've got the endurance to run marathons, something I never imagined I could do when I was overweight.

In short, thumbs up for veganism.

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May 16, 2012
Semi-vegetarian is flexitarian
by: Olga

Hello Tina,

thank you for sharing your experience! Believe me or not, there is a name for your nutritional preference: it is called flexitarian.

My experience is similar to yours.

What I found is that learning to cook vegetarian and vegan meals gives you more options to feel satiated and satisfied while improving your health. When you cook vegetarian, your meal is self-content without meat. So it is easy to add meat if you feel inclined to do so. On the other hand, if you do traditional cooking, removing meat destroys the meal because it is centered around meat.

Wishing you good luck in your healthy eating journey and thanks again for sharing


May 07, 2012
by: Tina

Wow, that is awesome. Kudos to you. Was it hard to get used to eating vegetarian?

I am what some would call a semi-vegetarian. I have completely cut out red meat from my diet.

However, I still eat diary and some chicken from time to time.

I do purchase vegan meat products to cook and eat at home.

What I noticed at first it was hard to fill up. About an hour or two later I felt like I was hungry again. Now about 6 months later I fill up and feel satisfied.

Another thing is how my body feels. Before, I had joint pain and swelling that didn't seem to go away until I changed my diet.

Now the only time I have joint pain is when I eat something I shouldn't. About three days later I really feel it. So even my joints thank me for getting rid of the red meat.

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