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Fruit can it keep me from losing weight

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Created February 14, 2013 at 3:13 AM

I need to lose a lot of weight is eating fruit bad or how mush is ok to eat and still lose weight I have given up all the bad junk food ice cream cookies candy chocolate

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767 · March 09, 2013 at 7:27 AM

she says she eats 3000 calories a day..

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10490 · February 16, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Probably for advocating a "fruit diet" and a diet "made in fruits" and that whole "guarantee weight loss" thing.

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897 · February 16, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Not sure why this was down voted

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897 · February 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

It's not the sugar that's the problem. It's the lack of diet variety and calories.

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803 · February 16, 2013 at 5:46 AM

No muscle tone. All that sugar has eaten her muscles away!

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803 · February 16, 2013 at 5:41 AM

Not only that, they provide a lot of vitamins. BUt Ive been binging on them lately trying to get over this sickness!

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5802 · February 15, 2013 at 1:05 PM

If you are starting out obese and you have 30+ lb to lose, then you can probably eat a lot a fruit and still lose weight. As you get closer to your goal weight (within 15-20 lb) you may find you need to cut it down significantly to continue losing weight.

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1242 · February 15, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Recommend cutting fruit intake to zero until you've reached your weight loss goal. Only then put them back in the diet. For all of the reasons given by various other commenters, and from personal experience.

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832 · February 14, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Same here for me, all of the above!

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3280 · February 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM

fruit is sugar. sugar provokes an insulin response which causes energy to be stored in fat cells. Ready Gary Taube's book: why we get fat !

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1672 · February 14, 2013 at 2:49 PM

James, I agree with the exception that free eating of fruit - even if its only grapefruit and apples - guarantees weight loss. Most definitely you would lose lean body mass, however..

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1672 · February 14, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Amber, if someone is on a hypocaloric diet they can feast on chocolate cake and still lose weight. But if rather than counting calories the composition of the diet is changed (e.g. replacing chocolate cake with fruit) then one has to rely on satiety signalling and metabolic optimisation for sustained and sustainable weight loss to occur.

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897 · February 14, 2013 at 6:42 AM

You could be constantly munching on fruit all day and lose weight if your eating less calories than you're using. In fact it would be hard NOT to lose weight if all you were eating were apples and grapefruit.

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748 · February 14, 2013 at 6:22 AM

So you think if someone ate 5 pieces of fruit throughout the day, morning, mid morning, lunch, dinner, after dinner. At about 500 calories, they would still not lose weight? I completely agree that fruit should be kept at a minimum if weight loss is a goal (1-2 pieces), but I can't help but believe that calories from GOOD food (which I still consider fruit in the GOOD category) if low enough, even from fruit, would still result in weight loss. I know this sort of is a different topic, just wondering your thoughts, since you seem educated on the subject.

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20 · February 14, 2013 at 4:01 AM

Thank you I have tried a lot of diets and most keep fruit to a minimum

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171 · February 14, 2013 at 3:59 AM

I eat a ton of fruit, several pieces everyday, and I still lost about thirty pounds over the course of a few months. A lot of people will tell you how horrible fruit is and that it will prevent you from losing weight, but in my experience fruit is a great snack that prevents me from binge eating on far worse foods.

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832 · February 14, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Same here for me, all of the above!

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803 · February 16, 2013 at 5:41 AM

Not only that, they provide a lot of vitamins. BUt Ive been binging on them lately trying to get over this sickness!

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1672 · February 14, 2013 at 5:47 AM

In order to lose weight (burn fat) your metabolism needs to be regulated in such a way as to burn some stored fat deposits every day.

In order to burn fat, firstly it must be released from your fat storage sites (i.e. adipose tissue) and then it must be oxidised for conversion to energy.

If, for example, the fat is released from storage but not oxidised it will be stored again - usually in the midsection.

Fruit, in overweight people, can be a big problem because they think its OK to eat it throughout the day especially when they're hungry. The problem that causes is in keeping metabolism in a fat storage state as well as stimulating the appetite further, which fructose causes.

So, the take home message is, for those who are overweight and are aiming to burn fat, consider fruit as part of your carb intake and particularly as your treat intake. Its a healthy treat but still a treat.

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897 · February 14, 2013 at 6:42 AM

You could be constantly munching on fruit all day and lose weight if your eating less calories than you're using. In fact it would be hard NOT to lose weight if all you were eating were apples and grapefruit.

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1672 · February 14, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Amber, if someone is on a hypocaloric diet they can feast on chocolate cake and still lose weight. But if rather than counting calories the composition of the diet is changed (e.g. replacing chocolate cake with fruit) then one has to rely on satiety signalling and metabolic optimisation for sustained and sustainable weight loss to occur.

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748 · February 14, 2013 at 6:22 AM

So you think if someone ate 5 pieces of fruit throughout the day, morning, mid morning, lunch, dinner, after dinner. At about 500 calories, they would still not lose weight? I completely agree that fruit should be kept at a minimum if weight loss is a goal (1-2 pieces), but I can't help but believe that calories from GOOD food (which I still consider fruit in the GOOD category) if low enough, even from fruit, would still result in weight loss. I know this sort of is a different topic, just wondering your thoughts, since you seem educated on the subject.

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1672 · February 14, 2013 at 2:49 PM

James, I agree with the exception that free eating of fruit - even if its only grapefruit and apples - guarantees weight loss. Most definitely you would lose lean body mass, however..

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4295 · February 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM

I cut right back to one or two pieces a week, over a year agin- it's definitely made a big difference.

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4218 · February 14, 2013 at 4:35 PM

I think it depends on the individual, honestly. Just reading a few years' worth of anecdotal evidence on this forum alone, some people do stall out their weight loss with any amount of fruit. I'm one of these, and am working this year (after five years paleo) to cut out all sugars. The sweetest thing I eat right now are onions. Sugar does not love me -- aside the weight issue, my energy is better and more even, my skin clearer, my sleep better, my appetite and eating habits are far more sane.

As with all things related to diet and metabolism, your mileage WILL vary.

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10 · February 16, 2013 at 4:17 AM

lol durianrider has one thing right....fruit will not make u fat

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482 · February 16, 2013 at 4:08 AM

It's how much fruit you eat that depends. It is completely possible to lose weight while eating fruit, it can be a good snack and for satisfying sweet cravings. Really fruit is no where near the worst thing you could eat while losing weight, just work out what works for you.

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4400 · February 14, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Paleo is a long-term thing (hopefully). So try including fruit. After a few months, try without. See which works better for you. For me, I've found I binge on nuts and dark chocolate, and when I binge on them it adversely affects my weight, so I have to keep away from those even if they are paleo. It's not the same for me for fruit, so no problem. If I had five pieces per day, the scale and the waistline would tell me quickly enough whether that was good or bad or indifferent. I guess it depends if you're eating the fruit instead of other things, or in addition. There certainly is an argument for not going too high carb and for including some vegetables and starch in the diet, so too much fruit probably isn't optimal ...

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897 · February 14, 2013 at 6:48 AM

I'm seriously surprised that the "fruit makes you fat or stops you from losing weight" is still being perpetuated in the year 2013.

Look how fat you become living on fruit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qSwvst92nQ Not particularly healthy looking but overweight is the last thing you could call her.

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897 · February 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

It's not the sugar that's the problem. It's the lack of diet variety and calories.

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803 · February 16, 2013 at 5:46 AM

No muscle tone. All that sugar has eaten her muscles away!

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767 · March 09, 2013 at 7:27 AM

she says she eats 3000 calories a day..

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26 · February 15, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Hi, Nice question. Fruits and vegetables are best way for losing weight fast.Fruits improve blood circulation, boost system, improve systema alimentarium, offer glow to the skin, and add shine to the hair, promoting overall health. A fruit diet may be a smart detoxification medium and, if one is probing for natural weight loss remedies, fruit diet or diets made in fruits might guarantee weight loss while not inflicting any damage to the body. High-carbohydrate fruits. Diets made in high-carbohydrate fruits--such as banana, plum, pear, kiwifruit, pineapple, mango, grape, and fig--should be devoured for breakfast. Low-carbohydrate fruits. Watermelon, peach, nectarine, cantaloupe, apple, and papaya return underneath this class. These alimentary fruits have high water content and management the vital sign and facilitate expel unhealthy steroid alcohol from the body. Watery fruits. Fruits???such as watermelon, cantaloupe, musk melon, associated honey condensate melon???all have many water in them with an quantity of carbohydrates. Thanks and keep posting...

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10490 · February 16, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Probably for advocating a "fruit diet" and a diet "made in fruits" and that whole "guarantee weight loss" thing.

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897 · February 16, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Not sure why this was down voted

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489 · February 14, 2013 at 5:19 AM

Depends on how much you eat. I would say post workout would be the best times to consume fruits. Personally, a few months ago I have been incorporating a banana / apple / berries into my post workout meals as opposed to other times.

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825 · February 14, 2013 at 3:15 AM

unless you're eating 10 pounds a day, you don't need to worry about fruit causing weight gain

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20 · February 14, 2013 at 4:01 AM

Thank you I have tried a lot of diets and most keep fruit to a minimum

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3280 · February 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM

fruit is sugar. sugar provokes an insulin response which causes energy to be stored in fat cells. Ready Gary Taube's book: why we get fat !

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