An on-line only support and guidance program offering fast weight loss using a raw food diet
Do you have 60+ lbs to Lose? Join Us. We’ve done it, so can you!
Welcome to Raw Food Boot Camp. This on-line only program is designed for the morbidly obese to achieve fast weight loss through a raw food diet. I’m Carlene, your obesity weight loss coach. I too, used a raw food diet for fast weight loss to beat my obesity. To be part of our Full Membership Raw Food Boot Camp or our Group Only program you must have a BMI of 33 or more. Click here to go to our BMI calculator. There are some fee based on-your-own options coming that will be available for those with a BMI under 33 in our Free Membership area. If you are tired of that fat suit and want out. We are the men and women to do it with! Our raw food diet is the path to your fast weight loss, but our program is the pathway to ridding yourself of your fat suit, once and for all.
Raw Food Boot Camp
Raw Food Boot Camp is unique in the raw food diet world,the fast weight loss world, and the dieting world in general. Why? While we are called Raw food Boot Camp, we only offer one 100% raw food diet, our other three diets utilize cooked veggies and/or other whole foods along with our raw food diet. And, while some have wanted her to take up the banner, Carlene, your weight loss coach, is not a raw food guru or even a purist. She is not a professional medical, nutritional, or mental health specialist. She is a woman who found her way out of her fat suit through raw food in 2005 and now helps others do the same. Obesity, not the raw food diet, is her passion.
A raw food diet is a tool, nothing more. It gives us fast, healthy weight loss, emphasis on healthy. Very few who go through Raw Food Boot Camp remain on a 100% raw food diet through maintenance. We go for a healthy sustainable maintenance diet. Raw or not. And, while we offer fast weight loss, as quick as 100 lbs in six months for those doing our Rawk Starz! program, we eat our way to health.
No drugs, no fasting, no living on protein shakes or juices.
If you don’t follow our healthy guidelines, for one, you won’t lose the weight as fast, and two, you will be asked to leave camp. Health is our number one priority. Fast weight loss is a perk to getting healthy!
Most diet programs want everyone to sign up and join. We don’t. Our before and afters are impressive, and unfortunately, they bring impulse buyers. We are not a quick fix program, we are about changing and that takes time, lots of time and effort. This is not easy. Those looking for a quick fix are best served elsewhere. Only those who understand our program and are ready to shed the fat suit are able to join. To ensure this, everyone must listen to our Introduction to Raw Food Boot Camp audios, read everything here on this site, and then take a 25 question quiz.
Don’t waste your money or time if you aren’t sure we are the right fit and you are at the right time to not just lose weight fast, but to lose it forever. If you’re still interested, you have a lot of reading and listening to do! I will say this: we’re worth it! ~ Carlene
New Side of RFBC Opening for
Those with a BMI Under 30
Starting July 14, 2014, RFBC now offers Raw Food Boot Camp for the Overweight
If you have 10-50 lbs to lose, you are now eligible to be part of a new side of camp. Our obese side of camp still stands, but now we have a second side, just for the overweight. All the rules of camp still apply. The fees are the same, the obligations are the same. You will do the same orientation as the obese, but on the Saturday following orientation, you will be moved to the overweight side of camp.
Who We Are
We are the Obese Helping the Obese
We are a small intimate group of obese men and women who have tired of our obesity and are using a raw food diet or a whole food diet and walking as a means to lose weight fast. While fast weight loss is important to most who join, in reality, it is a means to get to where we really want to go…a life without food obsessions, without constantly thinking about our weight. A life free of obesity and all it brings. To get there, takes work. Everyday at RFBC, we work on changing our relationship to food. We work on cutting the cord between emotions and food. We work on overcoming the obstacles that we or others have placed in our way from having the happy, healthy life we deserve. There is never any psychoanalyzing. We get that history plays a role in many’s obesity. We can’t fix the past, but we can forge a new future, and that is our goal. There is so much more to obesity than just overeating. We know that, because we have all been or still are obese. Together we work on breaking bad food behaviors, ignoring fat brain lies, and giving up on excuses. We come to terms with our bodies and learn how to eat for the best health possible. Fast weight loss on our raw food diet gives us quick results to keep up motivated, but Raw Food Boot Camp is about so much more than fast weight loss or the raw food diet. We are about change. We don’t accept that we can’t do this. Instead, we see those before us who have done it and push for our own success. This is not always easy, but it is doable. For those of you who have lost hope that you will ever step away from the fat suit, trust me when I say. If you are ready, we can help you do it. But you have to be ready. You have to want this. Fast weight loss on our raw food diet with walking is the way to go. Raw Food Boot Camp will give you the support, guidance, and tools to make it happen.
How We Work
Our Programs Are Designed for Lifetime Success
Raw Food Boot Camp is an on-line program offering fast weight loss for the obese using various percentages of a raw food diet. We use the private area of this website and a forum to work together daily. Carlene is your obesity weight loss coach. She too achieved fast weight loss on a raw food diet back in 2005. A raw food diet or whole food diet with walking are our methods for fast weight loss. Every Monday through Friday there is a daily audio that is recorded the night before based on what is going on at camp. These audios are available to our paying members who subscribe to our Audio Only, Group Only, or Full Group Membership Levels. Every day, there is a group wide daily discussion based on the audio. On the weekends, we have discussion without audios, but still they are quite lively. These daily discussions are available to our Group Only and Full Group Membership Levels. Every day, each member of our Full Group Membership Level is required to log their previous day’s food and exercise in a personal log with Carlene. Carlene will help them tweak their food, address their concerns, struggles, whatever in her daily responses to their log. While fast weight loss is most members goals, we do offer slower, more steady methods for those who want to do a part raw food diet. Full Group Members have daily access to Carlene via their logs, our Personal Messaging system and emails. Each week we work on a specific theme which can be usurped by anything going on at camp that needs to be addressed. These audios are not often about the raw food diet or fast weight loss, they are about change. For example, we could be talking about how to prepare for vacations one week when a couple of members are hit with high stress situations. The next day’s audio will be sidetracked to address how to manage stress without food and our daily discussion will be based on helping the individuals get through by using the group as a sounding board and as a means for even more successful experience in how to proceed without a binge or even a taste. This method works well. We are all about the individuals in our groups and work together as a team toward everyone’s success. For the Group Only and Full Membership Level members, we have SOS boards for immediate support, a venting area where members can vent about anything instead of eating over it, and sunshine boards which let us glow in the compliments, new discoveries, new clothes, etc., which make fast weight loss so much fun. Nothing is ever stagnant at RFBC. We want everyone to succeed. While our raw food diets are proven and true, our methods of change are forever evolving as we as a community get a better understanding of what it truly takes to say goodbye to the fat suit forever.
What is Expected from You
What is Required of You if You Join Our Full Boot Camp
- Daily Exercise
- Daily Logging of your food and exercise in a nutritional database.
- Daily Copying of that food and exercise to your log with Carlene.
- Daily Participation in our Discussion Threads.
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday Weigh ins.
- Regardless of photo option, everyone sends in a scale photo every Monday morning and on the 1st of each month.
Minimum Daily Time Commitment
- Minimum 45 minutes of exercise – 2 hours recommended for fast weight loss
- 15 minutes to log food in nutritional database*
- 30-60 minutes to participate at camp and do log with Carlene
*You can choose which nutritional database you want to use, but you have to be able to copy and paste the daily food list to your log with Carlene. Also, time may be more in the beginning as you get used to how to use everything.
Our Raw Food Diets
What We Eat for health and weight loss
Raw food is the base of our diets. There are 4 different versions. Unlike other raw food diet programs, ours is low in fat, sugar and sodium. We don’t do recipes, nuts or dates! Imagine that! It’s the secret to our fast weight loss. What we do eat is a lot of low glycemic index fruits, low carb veggies, greens, hemp, flax, and chia seeds. Those who eat some cooked food, eat beans, lentils, quinoa, and low fat animal protein. No dairy. No soy. No wheat. And never anything processed. We do not juice, fast, or live on protein shakes. Those who try it never get the fast weight loss they come to camp for. It is mandatory that everyone eats a minimum of 1000 calories a day. Those that continually eat less than this will forfeit their membership. It’s an odd phenomenon. Everyone expects, eat less, lose more. But our bodies know the difference between health and starvation. We eat for health and our bodies reward us with fast weight loss. 1200 calories a day on our low fat, low sugar, low sodium raw food diet is how our big lossers get their fast weight loss. We are about health, and our raw food diet offers it. We offer the following 4 plans:
Rawk Starz! for those seeking truly fast weight loss
100% low fat, low sodium, low sugar raw food diet
Rawkinators – for those who want fast weight loss but need some warmth
80% low fat, low sodium, low sugar raw food diet. 20% steamed veggies.
Butt Kickers – for those willing to sacrifice some of the fast weight loss for cooked meals
80% low fat, low sodium, low sugar raw food diet. 20% low fat,low sodium, low sugar unprocessed whole foods. No dairy, soy or processed foods allowed.
Wholy Rawkers – for those where fast weight loss is not as important as changing their diet for health.
50% low fat, low sodium, low sugar raw food diet. 50% low fat,low sodium, low sugar unprocessed whole foods. No dairy, soy or processed foods allowed. To learn more about our raw food diets click here.
For exercise, we walk. Many want to come to camp and get all their exercise at the gym with their fitness trainer. This doesn’t work. Fast paced cardio and weight training make you hungry, so you will want to eat more, and won’t burn the fat as well. Because we work together, it is important that we work the same program. You have to be willing to walk to join either the group only or full boot camp. Others are welcome to do our Audio only program and our On-Your-Own programs. If you can’t walk, email Carlene, oftentimes a solution can be found. Unfortunately, it can’t be a stationary bike. No one has ever lost weight with stationary bikes. Or yoga, sorry. Even bikram yogo. It has to be walking. Or… lap swimming. Continuous freestyle lap swimming. No floating, no stopping every lap. For fast weight loss, walk, snowshoe, hike. Do it for a long time at a speed where you can talk but not sing, and you will see the fat suit slip away. A treadmill on incline gives great results, but it’s pretty boring! Get some movies. On inclement days, you can do walking videos, but only as a last resort. Add a mini trampoline for best results. I know, walking isn’t sexy, but it is what works, and if you can keep from stumbling over curbs, it is a low impact, low injury exercise. Most importantly, in all the years Raw Food Boot Camp has been helping the obese lose weight fast, the only ones with fast weight loss were those that walked, a lot. It is duration and effort, not speed and miles that count.
- JanBree Hits 60 lbs Gone in 6 Months August 20, 2014
JanBree Hits 60 lbs Gone in 6 Months
The other day, Jan talked to me about how she was a slower loser. She worried she hadn’t kept pace with Michelle or the Michelle-O-Meter, as she called her! I had to shake my head. Jan didn’t come to camp for the 100 lb challenge, she came to camp to become a thin healthy woman with a new attitude toward food and her body. Which is easily happening for her. So, I asked her: “When was the last time you lost 60 lbs in 6 months?” “Never,”she replied!
So what do you think? Was six months worth her time for this kind of change?
I know what you’re thinking. That can’t possibly be the same woman. I even thought that. When I sent the photos to Jan, she wrote back and agreed, no one was going to believe it was the same woman especially with her head cut off, so she offered to let you see her face. How cool is that? All I had to say was wow, wow, wowzer!
After I sent the photos to JanBree, she wrote me and wrote:
OMG!!!!! I can’t believe that was me then–and omg look at me now. Wow. That person in the before picture–I don’t even know how I functioned. I remember feeling sad and hopeful at the same time in that before picture.
How cool is it that her B&As even surprised her! Congratulations JanBree! We are all so proud of you.
JanBree does our Rawk Starz Diet with 2 Hours of Walking a Day
- Michelle Hits 60 lbs Gone in 13.5 Weeks! August 15, 2014
Today, Michelle Hit 60 lbs Gone in 13.5 Weeks
She won the 50 lbs gone in 12 weeks challenge in 11 Weeks
She is one of our 100 lbs in 7 Month Challengers
Michelle fought for her 40 lbs in 8 weeks, but then wow! She lost the next 10 lbs in 3 weeks. She then lost the next ten pounds in 2.5 weeks!! She worried the other day she may have hit a sticky point. I set her straight on that one! When she won the 50 lb Challenge, she received four free weeks of camp. She had to lose 12 more pounds in 4 weeks to earn a second four free weeks of camp. Well, she’s at 2.5 weeks and already dropped 10, so I guess that’s a shoe in!
Michelle is such a strong, solid, Rawk Starz Diva at camp. In her 13.5 weeks, she has not once broken her plan or skipped a day of walking. That’s how I did it, and most of our other 100 lb Winners did it. What about you?
Think back. Where were you on May 11th, Michelle’s start date at RFBC. Could you have imagined being 60 lbs thinner by today, August 15th?
Many think when they see these types of results, that this woman, Michelle, is different, she’s unique, she’s special. Well, in some ways she is. What sets her apart from others is her sheer determination to no longer be stuck in a fat suit. She has decided she wants to live and enjoy her life. Not sit around waiting for the fat suit to shed on its own, but to remove it, to peel it off with each piece of fruit she eats and each step she takes. Other than that desire to just do this, she is just like everyone else. You can easily say, if Michelle can do it, so can I. But you have to want it as bad as she has and refuse to give into excuses, emotions, and fat brain lies.
Michelle is a major player at RFBC. Her desire to stay on plan daily, inspires and encourages us all. I know I can speak for all the women at camp. We are all very proud of Michelle and are thankful for what she brings to RFBC.
Michelle does our Rawk Starz diet with 2 hours of walking each day
- RudyM’s 25 lbs Gone Before and Afters August 8, 2014
RudyM’s 25 lbs Gone Before and Afters
Wow, I was amazed at the big change in Rudy with her first 25 lbs gone. Normally, there isn’t a huge difference, but check out her side and back photos. The fat has melted from her midde. I can speak for all of us when we say, losing that belly is a big incentive for keeping going. Congrats Rudy. You are doing great.
Rudy does our Butt Kicker Diet and averages an hour a day of walking
- Jenna’s 25 lbs Gone Before and Afters July 29, 2014
Jenna’s 25 lbs Gone Before and Afters
Woo Hoo! Jenna hit her 25 lbs gone mark, and you can see it in the photos below. She had a slow start, but picked up on our Rawk Starz Diva Challenge and has had amazing losses the past few weeks. We are expecting lots more from her!! Or rather, lots less!
This past Friday night, Jenna found herself mourning her old foods and feeling down in the dumps. She reached out to the women in her challenge group and asked for support, which they immediately gave her. Instead of quitting, instead of giving in to the desire to chuck it and eat off plan, she went to the gym and put in two hours on the treadmill. That was her big hero moment of the weekend and how she came to earn her 25 lbs gone incentive chip! We are all so proud of her.
Jenna is doing the Rawk Starz Diet with 2 Hours of Walking a Day
- VforLove’s 60 lbs Gone Before and Afters July 25, 2014
VforLove’s 60 lbs Gone Before and Afters
Check it out!! 60 lbs gone in 16 weeks. That’s less than 4 months. And, and, she had a tough last month. Amazing isn’t it? VforLove is on her way to win the 100 lb Challenge. She is feeling great, feeling motivated and determined to win this. A friend of mine’s daughter just hit 60 lbs at 9 years old. Imagine that? 60 lbs is a lot of weight. We are all so proud of her for her effort and steadfastness in getting this done. Way to go, VforLove!!
VforLove does our Rawk Starz Diet and regularly walks 2 hours a day
- Menza’s 50 lb Gone Before and Afters July 18, 2014
Menza’s 50 lbs Gone Before and Afters
Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration. They are her 49 lb gone before and afters. She left for vacation, so we decided to do the before and afters now for her to take with her as a reminder of all her hard good work. But get this, she did this in 14.5 weeks.
How great does she look? And she did the past 8 pounds in 2 weeks while she and her family produced a play for charity. Thirty-four actors, 80 costumes, and most of it done in her home. Talk about stress! Talk about success! She has no plans on ending her great weight loss streak while on vacation either.
Menza does our Rawk Starz Diet and 2 Hours of Walking Each Day
- Michelle Officially Enters the 100 lbs in 7 Months Challenge July 8, 2014
Michelle Officially Enters the 100 lbs in 7 Months Challenge
It’s official, Michelle is a 100 lb Challenger. Okay, she didn’t get 40 in 8 weeks, she got 38.4. Close enough for me. She has been perfect on plan since her first day and has walked her heart out. She might be 1.6 lbs short, but she is far from short on effort and attitude. She has that winner’s edge, that desire and focus to take this all the way. At camp, she inspires everyone.
Check out her before and after. Wow! It’s hard to believe she has 60 more lbs to go!! Oh, and did I mention she also reached Onederland (that’s being in the 100′s). For those of us who live so long in the 200 and 300′s reaching Onederland is a milestone worthy of tears. Seeing that 1 as the first number on the scale means so much to us. Who cares what the BMI charts say, for us, 199 is the difference between being overweight and obese. It’s the door to regular sized clothes and not having obesity be the first thing people see when they see us. For most of us Onederland is bigger than total lost. So, Congratulations, Michelle!
Michelle does our Rawk Starz diet with 2 hours walking each day
- Foteens 50 lbs Gone Before and Afters July 7, 2014
Foteen Hits 50 lbs Gone
Foteen left for six weeks in May for a European vacation. When she came back she had maintained her weight and was ready to move to this big milestone. Actually, she has hit three milestones. She has lost 3/4 of the weigh she came to camp to lose. She has entered into the 150′s, and she has hit 50 lbs Gone. These were milestones she set for herself and she is more than proud of reaching them.
To keep her mind on the prize, at her scale, Foteen hung a blouse she wanted to fit into at goal, and she made a paper chain for every pound she wanted to lose. There are only fifteen more loops on that chain. What a count down!
Foteen does our Wholy Rawker Diet with 2 Hours of Walking a Day
- Otavia Celebrates One Year Anniversary at Goal July 4, 2014
Otavia Celebrates One Year Anniversary at Goal
On July 2, 2013, Otavia reached her goal weight. She swore that day that she would stick with Raw Food Boot Camp and the support we offer for one full year. She kept her promise. She wasn’t at camp every day. She didn’t log her food every day. But she was there a lot and always remained honest with what she was eating, even when she knew I would be on her about it.
As a reminder. Here are her before and afters from last year:
She is not living on a 100% raw diet. She eats lots of fruits and veggies each day and then eats an omnivore diet of whatever she wants in moderate portions. She maintains her calories between 1200-1800 a day, and even has a glass or two of wine here and there. She’s far from perfect, but what she does have is the desire and determination to make this work for her for life. She swears she will never be obese again.
How she keeps this in the forefront of her mind is that she has stayed accountable at Raw Food Boot Camp, participates on a regular basis inspiring everyone with her wisdom and wit, and once a month she participates in a fun run of sorts. Obstacle courses, Electric Runs, Mud Runs. Below is a collage of some of the photos she’s sent over the past year.
Here’s what Otavia had to say about her anniversary:
A long time ago, Carlene said,”…losing weight is the easy part….keeping it off it the hard part….” because of that statement, I decided I needed to stick with RFBC for a minimum of a year at maintenance. All I can say is I AM SO GLAD I DID
Maintaining weight is a whole process in and of itself that needs to be learned. I was just talking to my sister over the weekend. She is struggling, she has released 38# and just got into Two-Town….I can’t seem to get her to join RFBC….but I feel confident that she will reach the conclusion that it is a darned good place to be. She is doing Weight Watchers. It has taken her 8 months to release not quite 40#’s.
Anyway….I have found the key to releasing weight, is to JUST DO IT! All diets work if you just follow them….some just work faster than others and are easier to convert to a “normal” lifestyle. If you wander off the path, if you trip, if you fall off the path….heck if you run off the path with a machete in hand trying to create a new path…..just keep getting back onto the beaten path, because WE KNOW IT WORKS!
PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF!!!!
If you continue to make the right choices….results have no choice but to follow. Remember the fish will always follow the head.
I will be here at RFBC for some time to come. I have realized (CRAPPOLLA) that my obesity is only in remission right now, and it has not been cured I need to stay until I no longer have a FAT BRAIN.
What I am working on right now is to have a diet and lifestyle that I can truly follow for the rest of my life. And….it is a process, I am figuring out what works and what doesn’t….I occasionally still fight (and sometimes lose) the urge to emotionally/stress eat and/or volume eat just because something tastes good. I continue to have to be mindful of making good choices, although that is MUCH easier now than it was a year ago
My biggest challenge is to maintain awareness of satiety and put something down, put it away or throw it away once I am satisfied……overall I feel I am making good food choices. I have realized that during this journey my tastes have actually changed! That is a good….NOPE….that is a GREAT thing! My goal is for the rest of my life to continue eating 80% fruits and veggies everyday (not necessarily raw) and the other 20% low fat, low sugar, low sodium.
I appreciate all the support here at RFBC because I know that the insights I have learned about myself through this experience will allow me to be Fit and Fabulous at 55, 65, 75, 85+
I AM TRULY A WORK IN PROGRESS
I AM TRULY LOVING LIFE
I WILL NEVER BE OBESE AGAIN
I WILL BE FIT AND FABULOUS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!
Thank you for your continued support!
~ Otavia ~
- Green Queen Hits Goal Today! June 25, 2014
Green Queen Hits Goal Weight Today!
61.1 lbs Gone Forever as she moves into Maintenance
GreenQueen is a no-photo option member, so all you get to see are her feet. I saw her face, her body, her new look, and you’ll have to trust me on this. She looks great!
GreenQueen has learned so much about herself and food through her weight loss process, that we’re looking for an easier transition to maintenance. She gets what she needs to do now, and has no expectations on being perfect every day for the rest of her life. But she is sure, that when she isn’t perfect to her maintenance plan, that it is not going to be for weeks on end, added pounds on end, but just for that moment. She’s proven throughout her program that she can do this. It was harder at first, but through practice, she has learned that one break doesn’t require a second. This is one of the biggest lessons at Raw Food Boot Camp.
I hope you will congratulate her for this great success and support and encourage her as she transitions from weight loss mode to maintenance. She’s already planning to spend the next year with us to ensure maintenance is for life.
I know I speak for everyone at camp to say how proud we are of GreenQueen and how appreciated she is for the wealth of encouragement and inspiration she has shared during her weight loss journey.
Green Queen did the Rawk Starz diet with 45+ minutes of walking each day
TxGirl Goes to the Ball!
This summer (winter in the southern hemisphere) we are pushing our idea of Girls on Fire. We are all about just doing it and getting it done. We have set up challenge groups, challenge mentalities where we don’t fight the diet and exercise, where we don’t live on excuses and I can’ts. Instead we are supportive of each other and push each other for success. Each week a new challenge group begins. Each member picks the one she will commit too, then as a team, a smaller group of women, they work together to go after their dreams. The ladies at camp are loving it. They were meant to be just through May, but have proven so successful we are continuing them through the summer. If you’re serious about losing your fat suit, come join our fee based program and work with us to use raw food and walking to free you of your obesity and then work with us as you build your confidence, break old fat behaviors and habits, and change your life forever.
What We Are Working On
This summer (winter in the southern hemisphere) we are pushing our idea of Girls on Fire. We are all about just doing it and getting it done. We have set up challenge groups, challenge mentalities where we don’t fight the diet and exercise, where we don’t live on excuses and I can’ts. Instead we are supportive of each other and push each other for success.
Each week a new challenge group begins. Each member picks the one she will commit too, then as a team, a smaller group of women, they work together to go after their dreams. The ladies at camp are loving it. They were meant to be just through May, but have proven so successful we are continuing them through the summer.
If you’re serious about losing your fat suit, come join our fee based program and work with us to use raw food and walking to free you of your obesity and then work with us as you build your confidence, break old fat behaviors and habits, and change your life forever.