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    What is a reasonable amount of fruit?

    I am very lucky to live in an area where fruits and vegetables are locally grown and available year round. We follow the seasons here; starting with strawberries and greens in the spring, then apricots, cherries, peaches, figs, melons, grapes, apples, persimmons, and citrus. Fresh and ripe vegetables are also available from nearby farms. So we eat a LOT of fruit here because it's both cheap and delicious. I fear however that eating so much fruit is hindering my weight loss. What do you think?

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    I have been eating a cup of mixed berries and a small apple, banana or cup of cut up melon nearly every day and I'm pretty satisfied with my rate of weight loss. However, I count calories religiously, so theoretically, I could be substituting Twinkies for the fruit, even though that would probably make me feel like crap.

    One thing I have noticed is that calorie for calorie, fruit doesn't keep me satisfied as long as most vegetables and I think it has more to do with the blood sugar spike and drop with fruit rather than the additional fiber in the veggies.
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    How many calories a day are you counting? My goal is to lose too but I wish I had a guide line to follow as to what might be most ideal.

    Quote Originally Posted by LauraSB View Post
    I have been eating a cup of mixed berries and a small apple, banana or cup of cut up melon nearly every day and I'm pretty satisfied with my rate of weight loss. However, I count calories religiously, so theoretically, I could be substituting Twinkies for the fruit, even though that would probably make me feel like crap.

    One thing I have noticed is that calorie for calorie, fruit doesn't keep me satisfied as long as most vegetables and I think it has more to do with the blood sugar spike and drop with fruit rather than the additional fiber in the veggies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinacristina View Post
    How many calories a day are you counting? My goal is to lose too but I wish I had a guide line to follow as to what might be most ideal.
    What is "ideal" will differ depending on your age, height, weight, activity level and goals. There are a lot of different calculators online and when you plug your data into different ones, the results may vary by a couple hundred calories. Individual people's requirements may vary by at least that much as well. I use the LoseIt app, but there are lots of others. If you want to track calories, I would recommend doing more than just calculating how many calories you need to lose X lbs per week. Calculate the number of calories needed to maintain your current weight, to maintain your goal weight and your basal metabolic rate (the number of calories you'd burn in a coma). Theoretically, a deficit of 500 calories per day below the number required to maintain your current weight will give you 1 lb per week of weight loss. These will all be estimates, but they give you a feel for where a workable budget for you will fall. One number is not enough information to make the choices that will help you develop a sustainable way of eating.

    A lot of people here are big fans of certain macro ratios. I lost weight steadily from 60-40% carbs, 25% protein and the rest fat. I actually lost faster at the higher carb ratios, but I was fatter then too, so it's not really fair to say much about the effect of carbs. Since I started counting calories in April, I've averaged about 1300 per day, ranging from 1000-2000 according to my appetite. So in the beginning, I ate 150g of carbs many days. Lately, I am more in the 75-100g range. I don't really aim for a particular ratio. I just focus on choosing good quality, nutrient dense foods that I enjoy and that keep me feeling full. I also eat dairy, fruit and probably too much alcohol.

    Once I get down to 130lbs, I will probably push a little harder on macros, sketchy primal foods and building lean muscle mass. For now, I feel like I've got my hands full where I am.
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    No eating fruits is never bad for health.Doctors advice everyone to take fresh fruits and vegetables as much as you can.So stop worring and enjoy every fruit you get.



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    Quote Originally Posted by carlvennt View Post
    No eating fruits is never bad for health.Doctors advice everyone to take fresh fruits and vegetables as much as you can.So stop worring and enjoy every fruit you get.
    doctors will also advise you to eat lots of whole grains, low-fat foods and lean meats. to avoid eating eggs and organs. i don't take nutritional advice from doctors or cw anymore.

    fruit, in-season, in moderation, should be fine. you may want to track how much you are actually eating though to get a better handle. counting and reducing is the only way to know for sure if the fruit is the culprit for you.

    grapes, apples, citrus are all pretty high-sugar fruits. they are so sweet to me now i can't even have a bite. when i do have fruit, i have it with some kind of fat, like cream, to mitigate the potential insulin spike.
    As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlvennt View Post
    No eating fruits is never bad for health.Doctors advice everyone to take fresh fruits and vegetables as much as you can.So stop worring and enjoy every fruit you get.



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    they also will tell you to eat more whole grains and watch your cholestestol. none of them have ever heard of glycation
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    Do some sporadic calorie tracking and see what the numbers tell you. If you are taking the low carb approach you may want to cut on some fruits accordingly.
    I had no idea there were so many carbs in a banana!
    Compare fruit options and choose the ones that help you achieve your calorific goal & satisfy your hunger.
    Experiment, rinse and repeat. N=1, sound familiar?
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    I really don't believe the anacdotes on here about people who eat two cups of blueberries a day, and suddenly thats enough to make them gain weight or stall loss.

    Eat as much fruit as you can tolerate, without displacing other important foods (veggies, meat). I could happily snack on fruit all day, though snacking isn't something I tend to do if I have regular meals.

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    I aim to eat all the fruit I want but try to eat more veggies than fruit. I had a MAJOR sweet tooth before going primal though and I will guiltlessly eat fruit if I feel it coming on since it is SO much better for me than all that refined sugar from before!

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