Weight Loss Q&A

Below are some of the topics that Hannah has talked about in her epic weight loss Q&A series. Sit down, grab a bowl of potatoes and binge watch all these videos to hear how she lost over 55lbs by following a plant-based diet.

  • Can salt make you fat?
  • How many calories should I eat?
  • Will potatoes and rice make me fat?
  • What’s the worst food for weight loss?
  • How can I get leaner faster?
  • Can I eat pasta and lose weight?
  • What’s the best exercise for weight loss?
  • How can I overcome binge eating?
  • Does intermittent fasting work for weight loss?

Have any questions? Leave them in the comment section below.

95 thoughts on “Weight Loss Q&A

  1. Hi Hannah and Derek,
    I don’t know where I have been but I have just discovered The Starch Solution which lead me to you. What a Revelation. From about 25 to 60 years old I swore by the Atkins Diet until the last few year…it stopped working for me. Watching your videos for days, absorbing everything you have to say, I am sold! Especially because potatoes have always been my favorite food of all time along with a Caesar Salad. I started following your instructions yesterday and look forward to every day!!
    Thank you so much.
    Are you from London, Ontario? I was from Aylmer, moved to Toronto for 30 years and now live in Tillsonburg with family for the last 3 years.
    My question is: I enjoy a few glasses of white Wine on the weekends. How much would that effect the results on your system.
    Thank you in advance.
    Patsy

    1. Patsy, I am in total agreement. I used to swear by Atkins, but found it impossible to stick to. I am 59 yrs old, btw. I am on day 2, and so far so good……also 2 lbs lighter on the scale.

    2. Hello Patsy ❤️

      Yes, definitely it works . Ive been eating potatoes and pastas and beans like crazy and Ive lost 16 lbs in a month. And I am loving it. Go,go, high carb, low fat, vegan life style❤️

    1. Hi, so I know I’m not Hanna bit if you don’t mind… The reason Hanna and Derek suggest to have *less* smoothies is because humans aren’t naturally supposed to drink their calories and so when they do their body digests it different and we don’t get full from it as we would sitting down and eating the things we just blended up. Secondly, they say that it’s important to not add extra sugar (like freely does) to your shakes, and lastly, if you do want a smoothie (which is totes cool) instead of blending everything you should instead blend the veggies and greens in your smoothie (they’re low in carb and calories) and half of your fruit, the other half you an cut up and put in a bowl along with your smoothie (very popular on Instagram may I had) and so you still have that natural chewing method (chunky smoothies) good luck!

    2. smoothies can make it easier to eat a larger number of calories, just make a smoothie the size that you’d normally eat, don’t try to force bigger smoothies down 🙂

      1. My smoothies have the same amount of fruit I would eat in one sitting anyways so I’m not eating more calories. They are especially great when I need something quick and on the go. Or for people like my dad who doesn’t eat enough in a day. Smoothies rule when made with fruit and veggies and no added sugar.

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  3. Just watched the set of videos. I am a Dr. McDougall follower and I learned something on each one of your videos. Great information. Just received my cheat sheets and looking forward to following you. I will turn in again. Thank you for all of your efforts.

  4. I don’t get it…every time I try to watch one of your videos, it says the video is restricted and that it must be approved for me to view it.

      1. Some foods I’ve found, containing significant protein…

        -Soy. Soybeans are the No. 1 source of vegetable protein, and are a complete protein, meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids.
        -Beans. Beans pack a punch of protein.
        -Broccoli. Broccoli contains an abundant amount of protein.
        -Spinach.

  5. Hi guys! I do have a question – if you are not counting calories, why do you use Cronometer? Is it just to keep track of the macronutrients? I started an account myself just to track the percentage of my macros, but I keep looking at the calories….my goal is to lose weight, so I keep worrying that I might eat too many calories instead of just eating when I’m hungry.

    1. we use cronometer rarely just to calculate how many calories might be in a certain food but we don’t use it day to day, Hannah uses it on her youtube channel to show her viewers how much she eats 🙂

  6. Love the videos. Really helps and I’ve learned something from each one. My question is do you have a meal plan/or sample that I can jump start my weight lost journey?

      1. Where would I find the first meal plan? I’m new at this and feeling ver overwhelmed. Would like to follow a plan to help me be on the right track. Thank you

  7. Wow, thank you SOOOOO much Hannah and Derek for these wonderful videos! I read the China Study and The Campbell Plan a couple months ago, which began my journey toward a healthier lifestyle. Although i’m quite solid now in my understanding of the science behind the WFPB diet, i struggle to follow it due to my eating disorder history. I developed anorexia at 17, but after a “forced” recovery i’ve since struggled with bingeing and bulimic tendencies, and now at 21 i’m overweight. These videos, and your Cheat Sheet, have been so helpful and inspirational for me! They fill the “emotional” component of the WFPB lifestyle that i was missing amidst all the science.

    I am proud to say that today, for the first time in as long as i can remember, i ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner (intuitively adding a snack too!), all with absolutely no binging, purging, or any of that crap! I’m so excited to have found you guys to provide inspiration and support in my journey – THANK YOU!!!!!!

  8. Hello!
    I am a recent addition to the vegan/minimalist movement that you guys are so wonderfully promoting! I am vegan due to the corrupt and cruel treatment of animals in our country’s meat and by-product industry, however I do consume eggs when coming from a free range and humane source (one of my co-worker’s farms), along with the occasional salmon fillet caught by my fiancé in Alaska. I know with good time I will probably ween myself off all animal products such as these two acceptions, but I was interested in your thoughts on the matter. Are you completely against the thought of any animal product consumed, regardless of the source it is coming from?

    Thank you s much for you time and leading by example in the wonderful lives you live!

    1. hey Kay, yes we are totally against the consumption of any animal products no matter where it comes from, we find that it’s just not necessary at all for living a healthy life 🙂

  9. Hi Hannah and Derek,
    I just found you on youtube a month or so ago. I have watched with enthusiasm with the hopes of losing a few pounds. I am now on day 5 of the starch solution and enjoyed it very much. Expecially all the IP reciepes. I am a diabetic and was very hopefull this will help to lessen the use of medications. Please help or incourage me to stay on this type of eating, but I am very worried about my glucose readings. Yesterday it was in the 400’s. That had never happened before. What do you suggest I do? Dr McDougles website tells me to stay on the eating plan for a few weeks. I am very afraid!!!!! Any suggestions????????

  10. Ok so I know it took you 11 months to lose over 50 pounds, but do you know how long it will take to lose 30 pounds? I want to lose a lot of wait in like three months. Is that possible with more exercise? How much weight did you lose in three months?

    1. In Hannah’s videos she says she lost a lot of her weight in the beginning and it slowly evened out over the year. So if you follow it to what suits you it should do the same thing. I’m excited to be starting I’m on day two of her potato cleanse. I love spuds. There is a lot of success in the group on FB. You want to eat to your energy level. Like if you’re more active you want to eat a bit more to keep you energized but you don’t need to be super active for the weight loss to happen. You will see the difference.. It takes for weeks for you to fully notice the changes in your body.

  11. Hi! I recently stumbled across your videos on YouTube, and I’m very curious! It seems like there are tons of videos. Which one should I start on to catch myself up?

    I’ve been tempted to try a high-carb plant based diet before but I’m nervous about completely getting rid of certain foods like eggs or chicken breasts (since I like to lift weights). Is there a way to slowly transition into a vegan or vegetarian diet, or should I just go cold turkey?

    Also, how do you not get bored with eating veggies and fruits all the time?

  12. Hannah,
    I have become aware that the one vitamin that a raw plant based diet does not provide is B-12. I was wondering what your view on a solution for this was.Thanks for your videos. I think that you look beautiful!

    1. Nutritional yeast has that BUT :
      Brewer’s and nutritional yeasts do not contain B12 unless they are fortified with it. There is at least one vegan, B12-fortified yeast currently on the market: Red Star Vegetarian Support Formula. (Twinlab’s SuperRich Yeast Plus contains whey)

  13. Hello,
    I am so depressed about my weight!! I did a lot of diets and every time and the end I gained more pounds!
    I identify a lot of with you! I’m 5’6″ and 176 pounds!! I’m 39 years old!
    Please help me!! I will really appreciate it!! Thanks

  14. My question is, the Starch Solution Diet wants you to consume your calories or intake from items with high starch low fat, it is a vegan specific diet but I’m just starting out should I stay away from typical “vegan foods” such as black bean burgers, whole wheat tortillas, tofu, etc. Just focus on potatoes and veggies for now? I’ve read and watched all videos but I think I’m starting to get sidetracked from the Starch Solution Diet and focusing on the vegan aspect! Thanks a bunch:)

  15. Thank you so much for making these videos and sharing your story. I have a similar story to yours; when I started eating HCLF avoided salt and tried to eat as little fat as possible while also over eating because I was trying to meet a calorie goal of 2500. I gained 20 pounds and I was feeling so insecure and confused and I felt stuck. Now, a year later, I still have 30 pounds I’d like to lose but with your tips I feel like it is actually attainable. I’ve been following your recommendations for about a week now and I already feel so much better! I love not being afraid of fats and I’m teaching myself how to intuitively eat (which is a big thing for me because I’m prone to overeating).

    Just wanted to say thank you!

  16. Hi! I’ve only recently been researching this lifestyle and love your videos! I’m a mom of 2 ages 5 and 6, eat pretty healthy try to get veggies and fruit in my kids belly as I can but they love cereal in the morning. What’s a good breakfast fun food we can incorporate in the morning? I can’t wait to truly be vegan I’m not a meat person only eat it for protein but I know their is alternatives and watching these vids it’s inspiring?

    1. Hi Lisa…..a combination of flax, chia, and oat bran cooked with hot water makes a delicious porridge…….you can add cinnamon and fruit if you like. I use the ground flax seeds.

  17. Hi!
    I’ve been struggling with my weight for a while and became vegan 6 months ago! I have lost some weight but am now fluctuating quite a bit. I’m trying to keep my fats low but just wondered are oats ok to eat because I’ve heard they’re high in fat?
    You guys are amazing and so inspirational to watch
    x

  18. Hi Hannah and Derek,
    I started watching your videos about 6 months ago, and just signed up for your email list. My boyfriend and I have been struggling with going vegan and heating healthy whole foods, and dealing with social situations. I am convinced that it is the healthiest way to live, and it really just makes the most sense. I have been vegetarian for ten years, and my boyfriend just recently gave up meat and soda! We are cooking at home now for all our meals, and cutting out dairy is the next step. Your recipes help a lot with that.

    But my main reason for writing is because my boyfriend was recently diagnosed with osteonecrosis. He is only 31 years old and it really scares me. Hearing that he might need a hip replacement is terrifying. He is too young! What do you guys suggest? Have you ever heard of a vegan diet helping with this? I don’t know if there is anyway for the bone in his hip to start rebuilding itself, but I want it to, of course. I have read that turmeric and garlic help with blood flow, and maybe if he starts getting the blood flowing better in his body, to his hip, it will naturally start getting better?

    It is just hard when the doctors only suggest eating more dairy(advise we are not taking) and just waiting around for the day when he needs his hip replaced.

    Thank you so much for listening. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.

    1. I’m sorry that he has that diagnosis especially at such a young age.

      Just from reading about it quickly, it is a form of arthritis with the joints that cuts off blood flow?

      I think a 100% low-fat plant-based diet would be his best bet.

      Animal based products negatively effect blood flow significantly. People reverse heart disease on a plant-based diet and lower blood pressure.

      If you want to be proactive with it, I highly recommend that he tries it out. Lots of greens that are rich in calcium and minerals for sure. Dr Fuhrman may be the best approach because he promotes a nutrient-rich diet.

      Let me know your thoughts and concerns,

      Derek & Hannah

      https://www.drfuhrman.com/disease/Osteoporosis.aspx

      https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/health-science/hot-topics/medical-topics/osteoporosis/

      1. Thank you so much for the quick response. Means more than I can say!

        Yeah, from MRI’s he has a part of his hip bone which no longer has blood flowing to it and has ‘died.’

        I just read Dr Fuhrman’s article you sent. It makes so much sense. It is time to make the changes. We are going to start planning out meals together, and start following the diet 100% We definitely want to be proactive about it. There is nothing to lose!

        In life, it often takes something big to get us to finally get up off our arses and start doing something real to fix the problem.

        Kale and collards here we come. We are happy to have the support of you guys and this community. Even if our families think we are nuts, haha.

    2. ….I agree with Derek about Doctor Fuhrman…..but also would like to Add Dr. Ronald Hoffman as he broke a hip in a biking accident , and has an entire protocol for rebuilding bone and strength. He was in his 50’s when he had the accident and discussed his progress regularly on his radio program. He is an alternative physician in NYC. Good Luck. As a side note, I also have hip issues and have started taking Wobenzym enzymes and have found them helpful!
      Best to you!

  19. Hi Hannah and Derek,

    I just found you yesterday and signed up for you site. I am 185 lbs 5’6 1/2 and have done every diet known to man (or woman) healthy or non healthy. I’d been ding Atkins and the HCG and failed miserably at both. I remember that the only diet (lifestyle) that I was ever successful with, was similar to vegan, it was the Marilu Henner lifestyle. This was many years and pounds ago. Although I’m going to read and watch the “gifts” that were sent to my gmail, I’m wanting to start immediately. I’ve read that consuming nothing but fruit (low glycemic) and apple cider vinegar for breakfast until 12 is beneficial. Will this help to burn fat as I begin this lifestyle change?

  20. I just purchased The Starch Solution. I want take healthier choices and live a more healthy lifestyle, however it is a bit overwhelming. So I guess I have two questions. 1. What is the easiest way to start this journey? 2. How did Hannah quit smoking, was it cold turkey or were there baby steps along the way? Thank you

  21. I found you guys on a FB vegan instant pot group, and I’m so glad I did! Your recipes are so easy and delicious, and I feel more confident that the weight will come off by following this way of eating. Thank you so much for posting all of your videos and info! I can’t wait to finally achieve my best healthy weight! Sincerely, Kelly

  22. Hi Hannah and Derek,

    I was wondering if you could help? I was inspired by Hannah’s review of the potato cleanse diet and decided to try it. I’ve been doing the potato cleanse diet for the last 3 weeks and I have not lost any weight – not even half a pound. I am 5 foot 6 and currently weigh 156 pounds. I do not come from a past of restrictive eating or yoyo diets. I discovered raw till 4 through Harley and Freelee in June 2013 and although I initially lost 2 stones (then I weighed over 13 stones) I have not been able to lose any weight since. I exercise on average 3 hours a week spread over 3 days – mostly fitness blender or bodyrocktv type of video led exercises so nothing excessive. I don’t smoke or drink and eat low fat and low sodium. A typical day of eating on the potato cleanse looks something like this:

    – Breakfast: 6 steamed white potatoes and half a head of broccoli steamed with garlic and onion powder and cracked black pepper + 2 tablespoons of sauerkraut

    – Lunch: 6 steamed white potatoes and approx 70-90g of spinach steamed again with garlic and onion powder and cracked black pepper + 2 tablespoons of sauerkraut

    – Supper: 4-6 steamed white potatoes (depending how hungry I am) with 125g of steamed asparagus or head of steamed oak Choi with the garlic and onion powder and cracked black pepper and 2 tablespoons of sauerkraut.

    The brand of garlic, onion powder and cracked black pepper I use have no added salt. I don’t add extra salt to my diet – only eat what’s in the sauerkraut already which I understand is 1.9g per 100g of the sauerkraut. I rotate my veggies and so also have Brussel sprouts, green beans, cucumber, kale, sugar snap peas, cauliflower etc with each meal of potatoes. I will sometimes have a mango on the weekends and a serving of nana ice cream once week but other than that I don’t eat any other fruits or any other foods. Prior to being on this potato cleanse for 3 weeks I tried the rice diet and was eating rice for every meal for over 2 weeks and again lost 0 pounds. No restricting during that period and practised intuitive eating although I did eat a beans with the rice for lunch and supper which I don’t eat now.

    I guess my questions is, is it normal for me to not be losing any weight at all on the raw till 4, rice diet and now currently the potato diet ?

    I have found being vegan very challenging from a weight stand point. Every vegan blogger I watch is losing weight and I feel like a failure. I just don’t know what it is that I am doing wrong…please help.

    Mary

    1. Hi Mary! It can be that your body has just hit a place where it is happy for now. Sometimes when we have lost a bit of weight (and it seems like you have – 2 stone is amazing good job!) our bodies need some time to re-adjust. You are at a healthy weight right now and I know that you probably have a goal that you want to get to and that can be frustrating but one of the biggest things in weight loss is learning to just RELAX and let your body do what it does.

      Stop focusing so much on weight loss – because focusing on that can actually prevent it from happening. This is usually from the stress of not being happy with where you are (when you’ve come so far already!).
      My advice is to eat a low fat vegan diet, with a variety of foods that you enjoy and portions that keep you satisfied. Try and get 30 minutes of exercise a day, even if it is just going out for a walk. RELAX and stop thinking about food so much and trying to control it and stop weighing yourself all the time. Start charting your progress month by month and do a weigh in ONCE A MONTH.

      The biggest thing is just be happy with WHERE YOU ARE NOW and you will get to where you want to go. Its usually the frustration and non complacency with where we are in the moment that causes stress and keeps us stuck there so just let it go, eat healthy, get outside everyday and be happy with your body in the moment and it will all happen for you. I hope that helps 🙂

      1. Hi Hannah,

        Thanks for your reply and words of encouragement. You’re right of course I have been quite stressed about not losing weight. Mainly because none of my clothes fit me. I was skinny all of my life effortlessly and then stopped smoking in 2011 and bam weight gain! I will try and relax and see how that goes. Thank you again.

        Mary

  23. Hi Hannah and Derek ! 1 month ago I ordered a book by FullyRawKristina who I’ve been following for a while. I love her approach but it’s not for me. It was to much food for me to try and eat. I lost 4 pounds in the first 2 weeks of being vegan. However, the third and 4th week I started to see weight gain. I’m a college student and I can’t afford alot of the expensive fruits and seeds. Any suggestions ??????? Derek I’ve recently say your video on eating until whenever with studies from doctors who agree and that’s what I believe . Thank you guys so much if I had not found your channel I would have gave up!!!! ❤❤❤❤❤

  24. Hi Hannah,

    Thanks to you I started my research about starch solution and now I have introduced boiled and mashed potatoes with home made broth into my daily diet. First days were weird, slow, headachy. Now on my 5th day I noticed that my energy is up and improving and I have a sweet nice sweet taste in my mouth. Even my husband noticed it. Has anyone experienced this?

    1. Hey Fatima, the first few weeks can definitely give you some ups and downs, this is quite normal as your body is adjusting to a change in food 🙂

  25. Hi Derek & Hannah,
    I found Hannah, on YouTube a week ago, when looking up P&B shakes and have been catching up on videos with enthusiasm. I hadn’t really thought about becoming vegan before as I enjoy my meat, but am seriously considering a healthier lifestyle choice. Im a mum of 2, ages 3 & 1.5 … And they aren’t big meat eaters, so making the change wont be too disruptive, as they prefer veggies & fruit already … Yay!

    Thankyou for sharing, you are very inspiring to those even who haven’t even thought about becoming vegan, case in point… 🙂

  26. Hello!

    I have just transitioned and I’m wondering about bread and pasta!
    Can i eat these and if so what kind? how much? I havent been able to find many resources on this.
    THanks!!!

  27. Hey!
    I just received the email with this link but it says, that this video doesn’t exist.
    Help? I really wanna watch it 🙁

  28. Hello 😀 I am planning to go on the potato cleanse later this month after watching Hannah’s inspiring video! A quick question, I’m not much of a potato person but I am in LOVE with sweet potatoes. Particularly the purple ones which are really dense. My question is, will this affect me on the potato cleanse? As you said before that potatoes are low in calories but these okinawan sweet potatoes are higher (approx 116 kcal per 100g). Will I overeat on these?

    Thanks in advance x

  29. Hi Hannah and Derek
    Thanks for being so inspiring.
    Just a small question, when having oats and soaking over night for someone watching weight what amount of oats would you recommend?
    Have two of your books…..and love them.
    Thanks for EVERYTHING 🙂

  30. Hi Hannah and Derek,
    I found the emotional eating video really helpful thank you! I have only become vegan in the last couple of months , although I have been interested in going vegan for the last three years! I originally tried raw till 4, but I found it was quite restrictive and I never felt satisfied ( still felt hungry after a big bowl nice ream and dates and other fruit!). I always felt really bloated and really didn’t have as much energy as I do now trying to eating as much whole foods as possible and just normally!. It has made a huge difference to how I feel and I’m slowly beginning to lose some weight ( after putting on 2kg or so on rt4). I was wondering as well as being an emotional eater, I also feel cold a lot of the time particularly in my hands, feet but also generally my body; when I feel like this I tend to eat because I think I need more energy from food to heat me up, or wrap up in several blankets and jumpers ( I also try doing some excerises walking around the house, going up and down the stairs) but I always feel cold shortly after. I don’t like feeling like this ( feeling very cold) and eating when I feel cold because most of the time I’m not hungry. I have come from a restrictive past, and I remember feeling similarly when I hadn’t eaten, for X amount of time. My family speculate that it’s just that I’m short and have bad circulation but I feel like it could be something else. Do you have any suggestions or ideas in what it is or I food do to stop feeling cold and eating when I feel cold?
    If you do that would be amazing but appreciate you are not doctors so it’s okay if you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about! Thank you, Ali.

    1. Hi Ali, sorry I’m not Hannah or Derek answering you but thought I could perhaps help as I get cold a lot also. It might be different to you but I have raynauds which more women are prone to than men (it’s basically like a more severe poor circulation) anyway, maybe you should check it out & go to a doctors & see if you have it. Best thing for it is to keep extremities warm (good material socks & gloves if necessary) & move as much as you can, doing regular high intensity exercise such as dancing or Hiit can really get the blood moving which usually lasts a while & encourages the blood to flow better. Anyway, that might not be what you have but thought this might help. Good luck xxx

  31. Hey Hannah and Derek,
    I love your videos! I have been trying to find a lifestyle that works for me and I find I’m most satisfied and happy when I am eating a fruit breakfast and a starch lunch and dinner (all high carb). Doesn’t Starch Solution suggests eating oats and rice for breakfast lunch and dinner while raw till 4 is purely fruit until 4pm. I am not satisfied on either of these diets sadly 🙁 My question is, do you think this lifestyle could work as it is high carb low fat vegan or is eating too much of both sugar and carbs likely to lead to weight gain?
    Thank you you guys <3

  32. Hi Hannah and Derek from Australia, I have been vegan for 6 weeks now and feel great. I have been eating whole foods no processed foods. I have eczema (have had it quit severe all my life) and my skin has cleared a fair bit since starting this new lifestyle. I have been told in the past to avoid gluten which I have done. Can you tell me if I can have oats? I love granola too. Love you guys Angie?

  33. Hi Hannah!

    First of all, I think we have a similar body type, just like our names 🙂 which makes me relate to you even more. I remember you talking about your cellulite in your before and after video and I was wondering if you lost your cellulite after making all these changes. I have a similar amount of cellulite like you had before you lost weight, which is why I wanted to know if yours disappeared or at least diminished. You guys are really rad <3 Thanks for inspiring all of us

  34. Hi Hannah and Derek let me tell you little about me i`m at 213 in weight people make fun of me all the time i can`t go out anymore there a chance this program will help me get to my goal weight of 145

  35. Hi there, is it normal to gain little bit of weight in the first few weeks? I have messed up and had things with oil in a few times but not anymore. Gained about 3kgs in 3weeks

  36. Hej There, I wanted to hear, if you have come up with a food plan we can follow to get started? I also would like to know what kind of milk, I can use insted of cow milk and what cheeses?
    And then I would like to say, thank you, I have been looking for a vegan lifestyle form for so long, I have not eat meat for 16 years, but being overweight NONE have been able to guide me.
    Hugs Karin from Denmark

  37. Hannah,
    Just a quick thought about menstral cramps, I read years ago about this simple exercise to do when you have them. It helped me maybe it would you also. You stand up straight and take your arms from your sides and swing them back and over your head and at the same time swing ONE LEG back straight. Then do again with the other leg and do this a few times. (So your arms and one leg are moving back at the same time). Hope it helps!

  38. I used to be 58 kg.. And I’m 5″5 and still didn’t have a flat stomach even though I was at a normal weight and pretty active. (Although I hadn’t discovered this lifestyle and was undereating.. About 12-1500. Is that because my body was malnourished? Just wondering because I now have gained weight and I’m trying to loose it hclf and everything .. Will I get a flat stomach this time or..?
    Thanks a lot!!

  39. Hi Hannah and Derek!

    I wanted to say you guys are awesome, you’ve inspired me huge. I was diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy, I did have surgery to remove it after they were born..so knock on wood it doesn’t come back. Since then I’ve been looking for something that would benefit me the best to help me loose the weight I’ve gained and keep me healthy without busting my butt in the gym because I physically cannot do that with the healing I’m still doing. I’ve bought all three of your books and have and still watch your channel like crazy to try and learn as much as I can to succeed with this diet. Wish me luck but most of all thank you!

  40. Hi Hannah and Derek, my names Shannon and im from Canada. I have been trying my hardest to follow the starch base diet for the past two months now completely 100%. I was following raw till 4 as well before and stopped as soon as i found out i had gained 10lbs extra. I was soo discouraged, i spent all summer keeping active and to find i had really gained weight then lost… So for about 2 months now i’ve been eating cooked food, and the past week i elimanted fruit right now from my diet. I have been eating nothing but potatoes and vegetables all week, 1 sweet potato followed by 2 small yellow potatos, i eat until im satisfied and i wait until im hungry. However i have not seen any improvment to my size or weight yet and its really discouraging for me i can’t take gaining any more excess weight. I want to lose a good 30lbs right now to be healthy and nothing i am doing is working for me. Please is there any advice? is there something wrong with my body? am i bound to be overweight like this for life? :/

  41. I have been following Hanna’s diet for 7month. Now I losse weight almost 28lb.
    I’m so proud of myself except one thing..It’s about cellulite on my thigh..
    As my bunch of fat is getting minimize, also my cellulite is getting reveal..
    even my boyfriend got embarrassed..
    Some people told “grain” makes cellulite worse..so Should I have raw vegan diet for a while?

  42. Hello Hanna,

    I recently saw a video of yours that you posted fries that you cooked in a air fryer. I was wondering what kind of air frier you got and if you do the fries oil free?
    Thanks a lot!
    Cibele

  43. Question: I do understand and know that a plant based diet will provide you with adequate amounts of protein. I, however, want to start weight training (like seriously, I want bulk in that way). What do you recommend for those who want to bulk up muscle wise? Is the amount of protein still adequate or do I need to be mindful of the amount of protein I am consuming?

  44. I’ve been looking for the best lifestyle diet to get me healthier and this make sense to me but why do people on a paleo or GAPS diet suggest that low fat vegan is unhealthy and something about our brain needs fats to thrive on.? And that high saturated fat isn’t what makes you fat

  45. I’ve been eating a vegan diet since Jan 1st 2017, more specifically the starch solution. I’ve been having the worst gas! I’m constantly farting and it smells so bad..What is going on? Otherwise i feel great, but I’ve got to get rid of this gas. My husband would really appreciate it…Lol. Any solutions?

  46. I’ve been on and of with the vegan diet for about a year now and I just don’t seem to get satisfied. I officialy commited to the vegan diet last week and I ate strictly hclf with little amounts of healthy fats. I ate huge portions with salads, beans and a good amount of wholesome carbs. But after about an hour I feelt as if I didn’t eat anything at all. I feel that when I ate animal products I always felt satisfied for hours. I’m not overweight ether so it can’t be that. Also my hair has fallen out like crazy this past week so I’m really questioning how good the diet is?
    Would mean ALOT to me if you replied. Really need your help!

  47. Hi Hannah, cute Bubba. Please STOP feeding your beloved Bubba KIBBLE and “any commercial pet food dry, tinned and fresh-raw. For the safety of Bubba’s life and for you both to enjoy a long life together-inseparable, please ONLY feed Human Grade RAW Meats and Supplements-again human grade ONLY (organic if possible) . I am a Holistic Pet Nutritionist with 20 yrs in Veterinary Care. I can assure you that feeding your Bubba ANY DRY FOOD “Regardless” If its organic, holistic or whatever the deceitful hoohar is slapped o the label says” it ‘s an extremely RISKY. I understand your lack of understanding for pet correct nutrition – how could you animal science is quite vast. Please don’t be upset when I say that Bubba doesn’t ‘really’ look that happy (camera shy? lol) I mean to me Bubba just looks surviving “not thriving” and that is a world of difference. You see feeding your Bubba a fast food every day morning and night is a disaster – time bomb ticking away…disease is inevitable and it will set in either acutely or chronically. I understand you have been hoodwinked by media, pet shops and vet practices that are NOT animal nutritionists and lack the knowledge of pet nutrition. In fact Veterinary Science ‘orthodox medicine’ only has a short module in nutrition and it is usually bias pet food company funded literature. Bubba diet is like yours actually BUT one major factor that MUST be adopted which I cringed when I heard you say it’s vegetarian GASP! Look I am 90% Vegan (I eat sardines because I can’t digest grains, pulses and nuts so I must eat sardines-even though it ethically saddens me) Bubba is a descendant from Wolves and Wild Dogs which means Bubba’s whole genetic design and bodily organs and fluids-enzymes etc are EXACTLY the same as WOLVES and WILD DOGS. In fact Bubba’s LIFE DEPENDS on chowing down a WILD ANCESTRAL DIET that’s right…a RAW “WHOLE FOOD” MEAT BASED DIET not highly processed synthetic GMO poisons compounds which is really what kibble, tin and raw pet food is. PLEASE feed your Bubba like a DOG and WHAT HIS LITTLE BODY NEEDS. Bubba does not really “like the kibble” he is in fact WOLFING it down (as dogs do) for several reasons but the main reason is out of Desperate attempt to consume what his body craves and ADDICTION the harmful addictive synthetic processed substances they add to commercial pet foods in order to ADDICT your Bubba to the food. THIS IS A FACT! Yes there are better kibbles out there compared to others BUT then there are better junk foods out there better than others – but NONE of them are any good! Here is a website I want you to browse and get informed about the REALIT of COMMERCIAL PET FOOD – it does not matter which country your in either UK, USA or Australia, majority of these pet foods are all PARTIALLY MADE in USA hear that…that’s right PARTIALLY made in USA the other parts are imported and made in CHINA and INDIA – SHOCKING BUT TRUE. In fact the BULLSHIT claims of high protein content on the vitamin and min analysis chart on label is extremely deceitful. The manufactures import from CHINA and INDIA a SYNTHETIC, GMO, PRE-MIX POWDER which has absolutely NO, NONE, ZERO regulatory protection of governing WHAT IT ACTUALLY IS that increases the bio-unavailability of the so-called food. In 2007-2009 Science Diet was under massive law suits (and many still current with pet foods) for the PRE-MIX powder contained (hope your sitting down) MELAMINE and rat poison. tHESE products caused extreme pain and suffering and death to thousands of cats and dogs. And it gets worse these companies admit to just being easier to pay off the law suits than having their pet foods checked for the safety of the product!. Also euthanised cats and dogs, road kill, zoo dead animals, and unfit for human consumption dead, diseased and dying farm animals (hows that for a caring and compassionate person like yourself to digest…it’s hard right!) full with some plastic bags, tag still attached and collars are thrown into vats and come out as filthy toxic sludge before being dryed and labelled as by-meat or meat meal meal, some of it is even full of additives and sprayed onto the disgusting pellets as the meat flavoring process to add a little salt and transfatty acids a big NO NO for Bubba’s heart and organs-carcinogenic YUK that’s the addiction. In fact in these factories workers MUST wear face masks to stop breathing in the incredible toxic dust and fumes from the pet food. Look there is sooooo much more as to why you MUST IMMEDIATELY STOP FEEDING BUBBA this rubbish but I don’t have hours to type it all. Just do this go to http://www.thetruthaboutpetfood.com sign up for FREE newsletter and PLEASE learn and PLEASE just feed Bubba NORMAL WILD DOG FOOD such as this:
    RAW Organic or non organic HUMAN GRADE MEATS such as:
    RAW LAMB, BEEF (beware beef is high allergen so lamb is better and cheaper)
    RAW CHICKEN (must be organic or free range) yo can simmer a little chicken with pinch tumeric to protect against salmonella – but dogs and cats digestion is able to deal with some strains of salmonella but because Bubba’s digestion has been compromised and somewhat changed constitution go easy on too much raw chicken in the begginning start slowly.
    RAW CHICKEN NECKS Bubba is good to have 4-5 chicken necks per day any excess calcium is pooped out and body will not retain it. So is very good to keep teeth shiny and clean and will ward off any gingivitis by massaging gums and more importantly providing the correct nutrition in a WHOLE FOOD BALANCED SYNERGY 3-4 Necks every day or every second day up to 5
    COOKED SARDINES I say COOKED SARDINES or COOKED SALMON because raw fish is extremely dangerous as deadly parasites CAN infect fish meat and kill pets if fed raw. Don’t care if someone feeds it raw don’t you do it they are NOT Bubb’a’s responsibility. So sardines in a can either BRUNSWICK brand or KING OSCAR in olive oil or SpringWater now 3-4 tins per week excellent!
    OFFAL- EXTREMELY VIP an absolute necessity for keeping Bubba in tip top shape. ONLY feed CHICKEN OFFAL why? because lamb and beef or other offal contains and harbors parasites and cysts. EVEN if cooked (which it should never be) or frozen the cysts will burst open once the host Bubba has ingested it! Still a concern if being wormed just avoid it. SO CHICKEN OFFAL is excellent as these parasites and hydatid is NOT in chicken. The WHOLE RAW CHICKEN carcass it amazing health benefits for dogs. Coles and Wollies sell CHICKEN GIBLETS (that’s the intestines and organs) and CHICKEN LIVERS. WARNING because Liver is VIT A a fat soluble vitamin it STORES in the body the LIVER and can become toxic if fed in large does SO only feed 1-2 chicken livers per week. They are small livers about a tablespoon size NO MORE!
    Veggies: not all veggies are safe. PLEASE ONLY PROVIDE THSE: Orange Sweet Potato Kumera (as main source of carbs), Pumpkin, and seeds are great ridding parasites, carrots and beetroot ALL must be cooked except carrots and beetroot these MUST be pureed NOT grated as the stomach wall and digestive enzymes in pets can NOT absorb the nutrients and can break it down well – gas, and wind pain ouch! Baby Spinach leaves NOT SILVER BEET as its too high in oxylates and can cause kidney stones or bladder crystals.
    Grass: WHEAT GRASS i its not wheat but rather the young shoots from the grass loading with essential minerals and enzymes
    Supplements: GOAT plain Yogurt ONLY (sorry no moo moo cow dairy causes Diabetes T2 and other health diseases so NO COW CHEESE MILK etc. Use ONLY SHEEP OR GOAT YOGURT with NO additives. The best brand would be a cultured one in the tub itself from a health food store. NO thickeners or fillers NO STARCH and NO TAPIOCA EVER! Meredith Dairy farm is the best on the market Coles sell it.
    Spirulina HAWAII Brand in glass jar NO PLASTIC Use 1-2 pinches of spirulina ontop of either yogurt (not all the time) and sardines.
    Fruit: Banana, pineapple, red apples, watermelon, papaya (NO SEEDS NO PEEL TOXIC) and blueberries BUT PLEASE don’t feed Bubba any other fruits as he doesn’t need them they are high in sugars and most are toxic and poisonous – esp stone fruits and yep that incl grapes and raisins. They can and are extremely fatal.
    Water: NO TAP WATER unless filtered and bottled water from a spring is best.
    Dulse Flakes: now WARNING seaweed does contain heavy metals and contaminates thus its best to use one that is harvested in pristine clear safe waters such as brand POWER FOODS Superfoods. Choose the RED seaweed as its gentler on the THYROID whereas the black seaweeds are much higher in thyroid activates. Again only a 1-2 pinch 3 times a week.
    Oils: COCONUT OIL make sure its RAW and OGANIC. 3 teaspoons per day is excellent source of omega fatty acids. It is FULL of cancer fighting, parasitic fighting, fungal fighting, viral fighting, bacterial fighting compounds and will AID in the health of Bubba. It contains LAURIC ACID which means Bubba’s Liver and Gallbladder do not require to make BILE to break down and metabolise the fats in coconut oil and is a medium short chain fatty acid WHEREAS the crappy essential oiils in kibble etc are RANCID FATS and more than likely CONTAIN HEAVY METALS. Flaxseed and Fish oils are great in their NATURAL STATE but they are not in their natural state in a highly processed commercial pet food they have been cooked and denatured via extreme high cooking temps making the oils TRANSFATTY ACIDS “AND” which only last 7 days once the bag is opened. NOPE the only way to get good safe oils is COOKED OR TIN SARDINES, COCONUT OIL and sometimes HEMP SEED OIL (Larisse best organic safest brand that don’t use by-solvents Hexane a carcinogenic compound by product waste during processing MOST oils use this method EXCEPT the coconut raw organic pressed oils)
    So there you have it NO Grans, No kibble NO commercial Pet foods whatsoever and NO raw pet food—-which is another page long as to why to avoid it. In a nutshell labeling laws and regulations for pet food is SLACK and ALLOW deceitful and deliberate lies to slap on the labels. The FACT that what is allowed on HUMAN GRADE FOOD LABELS is INCREDIBLY DIFFERENT to of what PET FOOD LABELS SAY. Did you know that in a human grade food if it says REAL CHICKEN it MUST BE REAL CHICKEN but a pet food says REAL CHICKEN its is REAL alright a GREAT DEAL OF BULLSHIT you get my drift. Because CHICKEN is legally allowed to be anything that REMOTELY smells or looks LIKE chicken or COULD be chicken but isn’t SOME pet foods have no true meat in it at all in fact they are actually MOCK MEATS made to LOOK like chicken or meat that’s right SOY or some other THING anyhow the list of concern goes ON and ON. I just thought I’d help you as you have helped me – thank you:-)
    HOMEOPATHY and FLOWER ESSENCES are very safe gentle and non-invasive and can be used alongside of vet medicine. PLEASE opt to use these too.
    All the best. Eve X

  48. Hi Hannah, Would you please share how you balance life with all of the exciting projects at your fingertips? I am looking into this online business world and am just wondering….how many hours do you spend responding to social media messages (especially emails), 2-4 hours or more per day? Do you ever get overly anxious with the demands? Please share! This would be of great insight for me and possible for others! Blessings to you and Derek!

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