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  • Is fruit really that bad for weight loss?

    I've been semi Primal for a couple months, but have not been serious about it until lately. I have about 10 last pounds I would like to lose(I lost the first 20 on a low fat SAD diet, but then it failed me and my weight loss stalled.) I am a 19 year old female who is 5'1 and I weigh anywhere between 135-140 pounds.

    The past week and a half I have been eating around 77% of my calories from fat, about 15% from protein, and about 8% from carbs. I eat about 1500 cal a day. I do not eat starchy vegetables. The thing is though is that I LOVE fruit. Usually I'll eat one orange per day. That's it. I read on another forum that fruit pretty much stalls your weight loss. However, I've also read some say that they are able to eat fruit everyday and still lose weight. I realize that since I do not have that much weight left to lose, I might need to be more strict and possibly cut out fruit entirely...... What are everybody's thoughts on this? Will having one piece of fruit a day prevent me from losing the last 10 pounds?

    About my activity level: I work at a summer camp, so I definitely get a lot of slow moving every day(lots of walking, occasional jumping jacks, etc). I also take martial arts around 2-3 times a week for an hour. Depending on the day, the classes can be very physically challenging or easy.

    Also.... This is a side question, but is 77% of calories from fat(out of 1500 cal a day) too much for weight loss? I track what I eat because Im the type of person who easily goes overboard with food.

  • #2
    I wouldn't be a nazi about fruit.
    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

    Griff's cholesterol primer
    5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
    Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
    TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
    bloodorchid is always right

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    • #3
      lift heavy weights, add muscle, you won't get "BIG" or "JACKED" like a guy. No that one orange isn't doing much if your are following the PB the rest of the way, BUT how about you don't eat it for two weeks and see what happens.

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      • #4
        I wouldn't be a nazi about fruit.
        I understand where you are coming from. I just don't want to keep eating something that is going to stall my weight loss further. I went extremely low fat for about 4 months prior to being Primal because my nutritionist said it would help me lose 10 pounds. I didn't lose them(actually gained 5 pounds).

        I want to make sure I am doing it right this time

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        • #5
          Lift heavy weights
          Could I just do body weight exercises instead? I have no access to weights. Would you recommend adding in a daily routine of pushups, situps, etc?

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          • #6
            To be honest, I would almost think you're under eating. 1500 calories is very low for someone who is on their feet for most of the day.

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            • #7
              Personally, I think obsessing over ketosis will do more harm to your weight loss efforts than eating fruit.

              I don't mean to offend with "obsessing". First word that came to mind.
              Last edited by Timthetaco; 07-11-2012, 05:39 PM.

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              • #8
                To be honest, I would almost think that you are under eating.
                I am hungry a lot during the day, so I've thought about that myself. But then again... I'm a very short female and I dont weigh as much as an average male, so sometimes I feel that there's no way I should be eating closer to 2000 cal. Do you suggest upping the food a little, also, more fat or protein or carbs?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Theresa92 View Post
                  Do you suggest upping the food a little, also, more fat or protein or carbs?
                  Given the macro ratios you give in the OP, protein and carbs are what I would increase.
                  Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

                  Griff's cholesterol primer
                  5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
                  Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
                  TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
                  bloodorchid is always right

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                  • #10
                    If you're consistently hungry, then it sounds like you're not eating enough of the food you need. Based on what you posted above, my gut call is you're not getting enough protein and maybe a bit too much fat. Also, some folks suggest that women do better with more carbs than men.

                    If you love fruit, then I'd recommend keeping it. But I'd try adding more protein.

                    Could you post a sample of a day's food intake? Maybe that would help...
                    F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                    **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                    **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                    • #11
                      Fruit is a great weight loss food. Low in calories and fairly filling with the fiber. The only reason you should be purposely avoiding it if personally increases your appetite significantly. If you were a fruit eater before it most likely won't have that effect on you. But if you've been low carb for a while it could have this effect at first when you start adding it back in.

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                      • #12
                        Thank you so much for the help everyone. Here is an example of a typical days worth of food. This is what I happened to eat today.

                        Breakfast: 2 pieces bacon and 3 eggs scrambled in remaining bacon fat
                        Lunch: 3 oz 73/27 ground beef and 1 avocado
                        Dinner: 3 oz 73/27 ground beef(including the fat that came out), 1 hard boiled egg, 2 pieces of bacon, and a salad with lettuce and cucumbers with bacon grease drizzled over it.

                        Usually at night before bed I will have an orange as well.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Theresa92 View Post
                          Thank you so much for the help everyone. Here is an example of a typical days worth of food. This is what I happened to eat today.

                          Breakfast: 2 pieces bacon and 3 eggs scrambled in remaining bacon fat
                          Lunch: 3 oz 73/27 ground beef and 1 avocado
                          Dinner: 3 oz 73/27 ground beef(including the fat that came out), 1 hard boiled egg, 2 pieces of bacon, and a salad with lettuce and cucumbers with bacon grease drizzled over it.

                          Usually at night before bed I will have an orange as well.
                          I'm no expert, but I have had my fair share of successful weight gain/loss
                          I would cut out the nighttime orange.

                          I would also maybe substitute some berries on some days instead of the orange.
                          ME personally, I need more calories than that. I am 5'3, down to 137 lbs, (from 152) but I eat 1,800 to 2,000 Calories a day. I do martial arts/kickboxing though, so I am ALWAYS hungry, and when I don't eat enough,, I feel like I am gaining weight....More food, I feel thinner..go figure!!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Theresa92 View Post
                            Thank you so much for the help everyone. Here is an example of a typical days worth of food. This is what I happened to eat today.

                            Breakfast: 2 pieces bacon and 3 eggs scrambled in remaining bacon fat
                            Lunch: 3 oz 73/27 ground beef and 1 avocado
                            Dinner: 3 oz 73/27 ground beef(including the fat that came out), 1 hard boiled egg, 2 pieces of bacon, and a salad with lettuce and cucumbers with bacon grease drizzled over it.

                            Usually at night before bed I will have an orange as well.
                            I'd do what HealthyGirl suggests and eat the orange earlier in the day. They are good for you, but there is sugar and an insulin spike involved and you don't want to do that right before you go to bed. I'd also increase the portion size on the hamburger for lunch if possible. I use 90/10 meat (I just like it better) and my portions are closer to 7 to 8 ounces or so. I'll do something like an 8 ounce hamburger that I cook in a little bit of butter in the pan and then about half a bag of whatever frozen veggies appeal. I thaw those out in the microwave and then toss them with some more butter in the other part of the pan with the burger while it's cooking.

                            If you're still hungry, you either need to eat more, or accept that you are going to do a mini-fast for a period of time. If this were me, I'd cut back dinner a bit (maybe use the same amount of ground beef and the salad) and transfer the egg and bacon to lunch. Mmm. Bacon burger with avocado. Mmmmm.

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                            • #15
                              There are a lot of nutritional benefits in fruit. I would not shy away from them, but I would eat them “smart”. Stick with the fruits that have a low glycemic index (under 60)/ low glycemic load (under 10). Here is a good link to start out with. Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load Chart | Health Newsletter

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