Currently I am eating meats, veggies, fruit, and nuts (with the occasional bite of cheese). I am trying to drop body fat I work out about 4 days a week 15 minutes of HIIT to warm up and strength training. I am also taking amino acids about 3 times a day. My weight is 132 and body fat 16.8% with no visible six pack (and yes, I still get my period) I do not look unhealthy at all I just want to get really shredded. Is it okay to continue to eat about 4 or 5 pieces of fruit a day? I do balance it out with veggies and meat and only a handful of nuts or a scoop of nut butter I'm just wondering what the best way is to lose body fat and if its okay that I'm eating all my carbs in the form of fruit and veggies.
Berries and other colored-on-the-inside fruits like peaches are more nutritious than apples, bananas and pears which have been engineered over the centuries to be huge and sugary. For me I eat quite a bit of dates, strawberries, cherries, etc in order to replenish glycogen after working out. Even with that I still only eat 150 g of carbs a day which, for someone who runs moderately far, is not a lot.
Wow you sound very lean already! I'm going to assume already you do some core work but maybe work on building up the muscles so they stand out a bit more, at 16% bf for a girl you should be seeing some major abs, unless that's where you're holding all your fat? It's hard to lose that as a female, our bodies hold onto it for babies.
To get the physique I'm assuming your looking for, your going to have to eat and lift like a fitness model/competitor. This can be done paleo style of course but if you haven't already, look into carb cycling, intermittent fasting and such. Getting the ripped look as a girl is usually based off of a few things: being extremely dedicated + strict with diet/training. AND/OR having the genetics for it. Check out bodybuilding.com too.
Also, I get all my carbs from fruits/veg only. I don't see a problem with it. I get 80-175g daily all from fruit/veg sometimes a few nuts. I row 5 days, run 2-3 days, bike 2-3 days, swim 1 day and dance 1-2 times a week + bodyweight training. I'm closer to 22-23% right now and I see definition around 19% usually. Build more muscle, don't worry about your weight.
To answer your question, yes you should get all of your carbs from fruits and veggies. Outside of those, the main carb sources are grains and processed food. As to the amount of carbs you are eating, is your bodyfat currently on a downward trend, or are you in a plateau? If you are on a downward trend, keep it up. If you are in a plateau, maybe drop to 2-3 pieces of fruit, and keep them to before and after workouts.
Depends on your body I think.
So, first off, I'm guessing by fruit and veggies you mean fruits and non-starchy vegetables.
Fruit and carbs don't work for a lot of people, but that certainly doesn't mean it won't work for you. You look fine.. just make sure you are drinking enough water and eating enough protein and fat (if you're not hungry throughout the day, then you're good)
Fruit during a meal... idk. But fruit as a snack, great. Make sure you are eating nutritious, in-season fruits not just the ones filled with sugar. :]
there is a pdf listing fruits (more nutritious ones in bold) and veggies and when they are in season.
Eat only when hungry! :>
So, to sum up, I think it's okay. If you feel like its not working for you for some apparent reason (don't feel right, drowsy, not losing weight), then drop the fruits and focus on being full so you won't need to snack on fruits. If you feel like you're still not full, need more energy, or can't lose weight, many people like to include yams and different types of squash for a higher carb intake. It works for them.
If you disagree with my answer, please comment! :]
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