Does fruit really turn to fat?

by 0 · January 14, 2014 1:00 AM

So I am trying to lose weight at the moment, I am a 5'6 female and I weigh around 170lbs. I've found paleo to be so helpful so far, but I found on one forum where someone said that if you are trying to lose weight you should avoid all fruits. In the mornings I never have much of an appetite, so I've started just having a banana mid-morning, then maybe a light lunch and for my evening meal usually fish and vegetables or an omelette.

My question is, will this morning banana really sabotage my weight loss? I can't stomach a proper meal in the morning, simply because I don't have an appetite. I work with children so I do a lot of lifting of 25-40lbs throughout the day, if that makes a difference.

Also, should you count calories with paleo?

Thank you!

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723 · January 14, 2014 1:00 AM

I lost a lot of weight while having a banana for breakfast each day. I didn't eat many carbs throughout the rest of the day, except for non-starchy veggies. Compared to the 250 to 300 grams of carbs (from crappy sources like refined sugar, pasta, and breads), one banana a day was quite a cut in carb intake. I would just track your weight loss and see how it works out. If it isn't broken, don't fix it. If you find yourself plateauing, then maybe consider eating something else. After all, bananas are whole, unprocessed foods.

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188 · September 21, 2013 6:03 PM

"Dr. Cordain’s original recommendation to eat fresh fruits as your appetite dictates still holds for most people. However, if you are very much overweight or are insulin resistant, he recommends that you initially limit high sugar fruits (grapes, bananas, mangos, sweet cherries, apples, pineapples, pears and kiwi fruit) from your diet until your weight starts to normalize and your health improves. Try to include more vegetables in lieu of the high-sugar fruit. As per his previous recommendations, dried fruits contain excessive sugar, and from the table below, you can see they more closely resemble commercial candy than their fresh counterparts. Note that some fruits (avocados, lemons, and limes) are very low in total sugar and should not be restricted."

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10077 · September 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Not normally. Fruit can elevate blood sugars, which promotes blood lipid deposition as fat. But de novo lipogenesis from sugars is not the normal source of the blood lipids, which come mainly from dietary fat.

At 5'6" and 170 lbs you don't have a tremendous amount of weight to lose. When I was at a comparable weight for my height I was focused on exercise rather than food reduction to lose weight. I was eating a lot of carbs to support the exercise, because the carb energy is more immediately available than fats/proteins.

In their favor bananas contain a good amount of resistant starch (like yams and sweet potatoes) which reduces glycemic spikes. I don't see them impeding weight loss, and they could promote it if they support increased activity.

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0 · September 21, 2013 4:43 AM

Some fruits are better than others because they vary in sugar content depending on the type of fruit, generally, the juiciest fruits have the higher amounts of sugar, although they're not all like that (for example limes and lemons are juicy yet have a low sugar content) and the more tart fruits have less sugar.

It is a good idea to avoid most fruits if you're trying to lose weight but it is ok to have the occasional apple, berries or a serving of melon. One banana a day won't sabotage your effort to lose weight, it is a whole, natural food after all that has a decent amount of nutrients; it's not like it's processed cereal!

It is wise to experiment on how fruit effects your weight loss progress, I wouldn't have more than two servings per day, but see what works for you.

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188 · September 20, 2013 7:55 PM

I was a life long eater who had to have his 3 meals, hungry or not. No longer do that! If you don't have the morning appetite skip the Banana and make your lunch first meal with protein & good fat and a veggie. If you must do fruit have some berries and tart apples. No calorie counting needed, I've lost a lot of weight without having a clue about calories, just had 3 eggs, 1/2 a fried sweet potato & two leftover beef ribs. That is my first meal in 17 hours and I'll follow it up in 6 hours with something equally filling and nutrient dense like a small steak, broccoli and salad. If I'm still hungry which I doubt, I'll eat a square of dark chocolate and a cup of tea.

Just so I don't totally disparage the poor Banana, I'll occasionally have one as a snack with some Almond butter or roasted nuts, just not a daily thing.

5 · September 20, 2013 4:52 PM

No. Fruit is broken down like ALL other carbs in the digestive system to either fructose or glucose. Your body can only absorb carbs in those 2 forms - in the paleo solution book this is outlined in detail. also several studies now show that carbs prompt fat storage.

high carb loads also spike triglycerides which you should avoid, yes a banana is considered a pretty high carb load at once.

If you really want to lose weight switch your banana for leafy veggies. Additionally if you don't like breakfast skip it. Look into intermittent fasting.

you can find lots of info here: but beware the dietary info on there is not paleo but the principle and mechanics of the protocol still apply and actually work wonderfully with a paleo/primal diet

26354 · September 20, 2013 4:37 PM

not all friut has the same amount of sugar. And not all fruit has teh same gluucose/fructose ratio of said sugar.

If you are trying to loose weight AND have a metabolic issue, avoiding fructose may be beneficial.

Bananas are about 50/50 glucose/fructose and are a good source of nutrients. One banana a day is not going to prevent you from loosing weight.

However, you may want to limit yourself to a couple of servings of fruit a day until you are comfortable with your ability to loose weight.

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