80-10-10 Diet: Lose Weight With Raw Food – Is That Possible?

Influencers swear by 80-10-10, but what is behind this nutrient formula? One thing above all: full of fruit.

Fruit and vegetables: prehistoric man ate them.

So it’s logical that our body can deal best with raw food – at least that’s what Douglas N. Graham, inventor of the “80/10/10 diet” thinks.

The basic idea of 80-10-10

Eighty percent of calories consumed should come from carbohydrates (preferably from fruit), with only 10 percent each from fat and protein.

And not only in the form of raw food, but also vegan.

Anyone who sticks to this concept should become fitter, more energetic, have a stronger immune system and ultimately be as slim as is optimal for them.

This is the YouTube hype in stark contrast to low carb.

Additionally, Graham recommends adopting a more natural lifestyle overall, with daily exercise and adequate sleep.

Of course, all finished products and junk food are eliminated.

Field report: my 80/10/10 week

Fruit, fruit and more fruit. Just the way I like it, I thought. But then …

Day 1: I had come across 80/10/10 a long time ago through YouTubers like “Freelee, the Banana Girl”. Since I don’t like to do without carbohydrates and love fruit and vegetables anyway, this trend sounded exciting to me.

So I’m highly motivated and start my first day with 500 grams of grapes. At lunchtime there are five bananas in a romaine lettuce wrap.

phew! At least now I’m missing something warm like a soup – unfortunately not allowed. In the evening a salad without dressing. Made it, but the volume of the fruit was too big.

Day 2: Yesterday I was still hungry, but I couldn’t eat anything because the fruit took up so much space. I won’t make that mistake again.

So today I start with a 0.5 liter smoothie. Very easy, made from raspberries, banana and water.

At lunchtime I go to my favorite restaurant, of course there is not a large selection. There’s a salad – yes, again without dressing! And another smoothie.

At home I just want to sleep. I’m super tired.

Day 3: Today I need more motivation than just a flat stomach in the morning! So breakfast is nicecream: vegan ice cream made from frozen banana mixed with berries and oatmeal.

I have a real sag and tomorrow is my birthday. Thoughts revolve around raw vegan cake and the birthday dinner.

Day 4: Unfortunately there are no croissants and rolls today. But in the evening we go to the birthday dinner. I have chosen a good Asian restaurant. After all, the challenge is: raw AND vegan!

But I didn’t make it completely raw. For me there are summer rolls and edamame. Also a white wine spritzer. To kick off and stick to this diet…

Day 5: The last day! My mood is great. I know 80/10/10 will be over soon. Coconut water has never tasted so good, and I’m really celebrating the last few hours raw vegan.

My conclusion: The thought of doing something good for myself inspired me. However, the implementation was extremely difficult, even though I didn’t even stick to the specifications one hundred percent.

I was often cold and in the evening I was extremely tired. I just wasn’t consuming enough calories. Nevertheless, I would like to eat raw vegan more often in the future. Conclusion: step in gently. Maybe start with a raw vegan day or two.

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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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