I've been following the Zone diet for many years (I've lost 100 pounds and maintained it ever since), and when you stick to the principles you're basically not going to be able to eat too much fruit. Berries are the best choice of fruits or a healthy lifestyle. They're low in calories and loaded with polyphenols.
I watch Jamie Easton's videos on Bodybuilder.com and she says to only eat fruit after a workout (1 banana) or for breakfast. Personally I don't roll that way, I love fruit and since I am giving up my sweets to stay healthy I enjoy my fruit. We go to our city market every weekend and on Sunday nights I cut everything up and put in snack bags. That way I can just grab and throw ready to eat fruit and vege's in my lunch bag. I also cook 3 chicken breasts on Sunday, half them and put in containers for my lunch during the week.
Jamie Easton is a rock star and she gets paid to look that way. I still feel I am a normal person (not a bodybuilder) so there are some things I just won't get rid of, fruit is one of them! (oh and my daily coffee (yep with truvia and a tbs of creamer) at 6:00 AM...after my workout of course!
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I agree with dragonchilde on this one. Unfortunately changing your eating will not spot reduce fat from a specific spot on your body. If you have a calorie deficit, your body will lose fat but you don't get to choose where it comes from. Also, everyone's body is different and reacts to cutting certain segments of food such as carbs differently, but remember that carbs are the primary source of energy for your body. As for only 1 or 2 pieces of fruit a day because they are sugar, it is body dependant but if you have a total calorie deficit and want to eat a piece of fruit 4 times a day spaced out it should not make you fatter than eating any other healthy food with the same amount of calories. Sugar from fruit gets burned up for energy if it is spaced throughout the day and not ingested all at once just like other foods. If you are eating a lot of fruit for snacks one of the best things you can do is pair some protein with it which will slow down how quickly the sugar ends up in your system.
What you might try is to eat a lean protein, a piece of fruit, and two servings of veggies every four hours, if possible. It keeps your blood sugar level, keeps you feeling full, and you won't need to worry. Be wary though, as some veggies contain enough carbs to count as a serving of carbs. Try and stick to green beans, celery, lettuce, spinach, etc. You can find out what veggies should be considered carbs online.
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9,707 4/30/12 1:56 P
It's unlikely that not eating refined carbs for two weeks will do much for your belly. There's no reliable evidence that eliminating any macronutrient for any period of time will cause you to lose belly fat at a rapid rate. Where you lose is largely determined by genetics, and losing weight is about calories in/calories out... not how many carbs you eat. I regularly eat carbs (yes, bread and pasta) and I've been steadily losing weight. It's when I eat too much of *everything* that I don't lose weight.
I am 75% Vegan Raw and i limit high sugar fruits. i will eat berries and granny smith apples but only a serving a day. THe rest I fill with veggies, nuts and seeds and the nuts and seeds are rationed as well.
I usually limit my fruit servings to 2 a day (1 with breakfast & 1 with lunch) & I can eat unlimited veggies. I don't eat carbs after 8 PM & try to stay between 70-150 carbs per day. I found it's the only way I can lose weight fairly fast.
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4/30/12 12:54 P
I don't limit my fruit since it's natural sugar. If I'm ever cutting down on carbs, I start with the bread and pasta. You do Need carbs in your diet though, so be careful on how much you're cutting. There's also foods not including veggies & fruits that you could use towards your calorie count, like meat or dairy.
I'd imagine that to a certain degree you'll end up cancelling the carb cutting out. If you're only eating broccoli let's say and you need 300 calories of broccoli to meet your daily calorie range, you're looking at eating 6 cups of cooked broccoli, which has 72 g of carbs. If that's all you ate in a day, you're looking at almost 300 g of carbs for 1200 calories of broccoli; half of that is fiber, but still...I might rethink your plan.
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1,593 4/30/12 12:44 P
I usually try to not have more than 2 servings of fruit a day because of the sugars. However, I never limit veggies!!
every food, no matter what it is, can turn into fat if it is allowed to. just keep up your exercise and you should be fine
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4/30/12 12:25 P
I cut my carbs to around 70g and still ate berries/pears/apples and tons of veggies, so I wouldn't worry about it too much. I was still definitely losing weight. Some carbs are still good, helps keep your energy up, imo. If it's all within your calories it's unlikely you'll be consuming too much, just make sure your vegetable intake isn't neglected.
4/30/12 12:08 P
I'm planning on cutting obvious carbs out (since I know bananas and apples and such have them) like bread, potatoes, etc. for 2 weeks to trim up my tummy. To do this, I have to up my fruit and veggie intake (which is a great plus to cutting these things) to make up for the calories I'm losing cutting carbs. I've heard that it spikes blood sugar...then heard that if you're healthy that won't happen. Then there's the whole fruit's sugar is just like sugar that will turn to fat. In college when I take lunch from the dhall, if the veggies aren't out yet I take apples, bananas, and other fruits with organic PB for lunch. It's all within my calories too, so I don't know if the too much of anything rule applies because I'm not going over. I don't want this to backfire on me! Can someone bust this myth?
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