One household's story, one person's loss:
Its been one year. Lost 73.8 pounds which is a loss of 29.47% of body weight. A medical visit in a couple weeks will tell me how good the latest chapter of blood sugar control has been. Its been a diet of always low glycemic index food. I ate two egg in that total time so (concerned that day about Vitamin B12, which is higher in animal products.) SO 365 days of Vegan food. RAW except for cooked beans: mainly pintos, garbanzo/chickpeas, black. Its been more about staying on it than perfection
The Raw group doesn't get as much input as I would like but that is ok. (Not really, a vibrant Raw Group would be Super :P ) Not everyone can handle it or want to handle it. ( Even film maker of 'Supercharge Me! 30 Days Raw', Went 13 months off before she returned to 'raw', and jacked up her skills in food preparation.) Weight was never extensively mentioned by regular medical professionals. It was our households concern. It was our line of attack in tandem with blood sugar control. In our view, diabetes complications are what kills and obesity adversely affects those complications.
I agree that weight loss is a good side effect of raw foods, it was for me. But since i got off raw foods that has all come back! I am working with a CDE, and want to tweak my insulin before going back to mostly raw. It was hard to eat raw, but it also hard to feel tired and gain weight. Ironically, my A1c was not ideal after the month of raw, of course it is a 3 month average, but I expected those numbers to be drastically better? And I was eating "healthy" even before all raw, and now. I have been trying to eat at least one big salad a day, and some raw meals. I love using napa cabbage as a wrap! Better than collards to me. Glad to have someone who knows about raw, and has lived it, you are few and far between.