Does Eating Fruit for Weight Loss Make Sense?
We all know that fruits are a good source of vitamins and minerals but when it comes to weight loss you have to remember they also contain sugar. My approach to losing weight is based on a low sugar model so I recommend that you limit your fruit consumption to no more then two per day.
I have had many personal training clients that would pick on fruit all day thinking they are doing a good thing but when it came to losing weight they had a hard time. As soon as they cut back on the amount of fruit they were consuming; however, they started to lose some weight.
Obviously fruits are a better choice of carbohydrates then cake and cookies but in my experience you still have to keep an eye on how many fruits you eat if you want to lose weight. I really believe that your best weight lose option is cutting carbs.
Why Fruits are not Good for Weight Loss
Look at it like this, diabetics are told to limit their fruits because they are high in sugar. When you consume too much sugar many bad things can happen. One has to do with insulin. I wrote a whole post about it here called Insulin will Not Let You Burn Fat. When you consume a lot of breads, pasta, grain, soda and fruit your body tries to store the carbohydrates (sugars) in your muscle and liver for later energy use and insulin is the storage hormone that gets the job done. But if you keep eating too much sugar all the time, the insulin will stop working and you wind up overweight and with health problems like diabetes.
Fruits are a much better choice then processed carbs like breads, cookies and cake but you still have to keep an eye on how much fruit you eat. I would much rather you eat vegetables all day and cut back on the fruit. Vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals and are much lower in sugar than fruit.
Best Fruits for Good Health
It is also important to vary the one or two fruits you eat each day. Try to eat all different colors when choosing your fruits. Blueberries have a different nutritional make up than oranges so mix it up. Don’t make the mistake of eating your favorite fruit everyday; experiment and try something new.
Don’t get the wrong idea from this post. I do think that fruit is good for you as long as you don’t over do it. As always, too much of a good thing can get all of us in trouble.
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Best – Mike Cola