I am trying to lose weight, and have promised myself no fruits to lose that weight along with no nuts. I've promised myself 1100 calories a day (that's why trying to do no nuts, too calorie dense to fit in my diet even though I love them) meats, veggies, some potatoes, but are 1-2 fruits a day really that bad... say a banana and an apple? (i know berries are best but sometimes I want a freakin banana haha) I'm 16, 131 lbs, 5"1. Trying to lose the 15 lbs I gained recently from binging on SAD food.
Every person responds to fruits differently, so there's no way to really say how much they may stall weight loss. Robb Wolf states that fruit may stall weight loss, but others differ on the issue. Mark Sisson recommends eating certain fruits if desired, but staying under 150g of carbs per day (the lower, the better). Who's right? Your body, that's who. Listen to it.
Don't bother calorie counting. If you're interested in macronutrient partitioning, consider Zone, but don't bother beyond that. Focus on eating whole foods with lots of nutrients, avoid liquid calories, and stick to the Paleo stalwarts: meat, veggies, etc.
In my opinion, most of the weight loss from Paleo comes from allowing your body to undo the damage (metabolic derangement) that years of poor SAD dieting has done. Once these stresses are removed, your body's baseline adipose storage decreases naturally. This is why excessive caloric restriction is a mistake--it disrupts your body's equilibrium.
I think it's also useful to compare your current Paleo diet with the one you were doing right before. How big was the change? If you switched from a hardcore SAD diet, then maybe it isn't necessary to give up fruit immediately. If you were on a decently Paleo diet but weren't seeing results, maybe it's time to try decreasing the fruit intake.
One last thing: bananas are very sugar-dense. They're nutrient-poor if you look at the total caloric content. See if you can at least replace those with something else.
I have been Paleo for almost three months and I eat lots of fruit, several servings most days and it hasn't effected my weight loss. I'm 5'5 now around 130lbs down from almost 150lbs. I find as long as I'm eating healthy and staying away from grains, dairy and processed foods the weight comes off easily. Some people on here will try to tell you that fruit is evil, but I think its a personal thing, sure its sugary, but its natural sugar and our bodies are easily able to process it.
No, fruit is not that bad. Sugar and fructose are not evil toxins out to kill you and/or make you fat. Generally a decent source of nutrition, but generally higher in calories than vegetables are. So if you're trying to lose weight, limiting fruit works because it helps you reduce calories (not simply reducing carbohydrate).
We can give you advice about our own experiences with fruit and weight loss but it's going to be different for each individual and you're just going to have to try it and see. Maybe eat your high carbohydrate fruits for a few weeks and see where you are at with your progress, then reassess your plan. If you aren't where you want to be, switch to lower carbohydrate fruits.
One bit of advice I will give is that ideally you can enjoy a fruit that is very high in carbohydrate like a banana or an apple either right before or right after you exercise. Your body will be looking for sugar to replace what is burned at that point and will be less likely to store that sugar as fat. Also, if you restrict your "treats" to right around your activity it can be motivating to get you moving.
I am working on loosing weight and this has been what has worked for me.
If I eat fruits or nuts I limit it to one serving a day and preferably melons/berries.
I measure out my nuts to make sure I am not eating too many.
If I decrease my normal workout for any reason I cut the above and just stick to protein/carb/fat based meals.
So far 10lbs down in a couple weeks. Experiment a little and see what works for you.
Fruits are not bad at all if you want to lose fat. Think about it for a moment: you want to lose fat, this means you want to limit dietary fat and force the body to expend its stored fat. Limiting carbs (fruit) on the other hand is a bad idea, because a certain amount of carbs per day of at least 150 grams is quite essential, unless you are doing a ketogenic diet. So you should not worry about fruits if you want to lose fat.
Unrelated to your question: please eat more than 1100 calories! It will take longer to lose the same amount of weight, but it will be a much healthier weight loss. You're only 16 years old and still growing, and you should realize that when you eat so little you're not only limiting calories but also micronutrients, both of which may hinder the proper development of your body and cause health problems later on!
Yes it is
Yes most modern day fruits are extremely high in fructose. Fructose gets shunted to your liver just like alcohol. Your body truly treats fructose like a poison, not allowing it to enter your blood stream. It gets put in your liver where it raises your LDH and then gets converted into fat. Go for berries which are low in sugar and low in fructose. My favorites are mulberries and goldenberries. Goji berries are also good but do contain some sugar. Berries will generally have more fiber and protein than sweet, watery fruits. THE BEST FRUITS FOR YOU ARE COCONUT, AVOCADO, and OLIVE OIL. ALL high in fats and awesome for weightloss, nutrition, containing antioxidants, Vitamin E, etc.
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