I love fruit and eat a variety of different ones. I love citrus and berries especially. They only slow my weight loss when I DO NOT eat them. I find myself really missing them. Having said that, I am a diabetic and although I understand that fruit raises blood sugar, mine is under excellent control and eating or not eating fruit does not seem to affect mine. My son sees spikes when he eats too much fruit or drinks fruit juices but I do not. I have a DRAMATIC spike whenever I am under stress, but except when I eat a predominantly carb meal with LOTS of carbs like macaroni and cheese with corn, and/or garlic bread. Fruit if eaten near or with a meal doesn't cause any spike. Each person is a little different though and I advocate figuring out what works for YOU.
I have to disagree with NAUSIKAA; fruit is definitely not high calorie. It is low due to its composition - high in water, high in fiber. The combination makes it not only lower calorie but also higher in satiation. If you find you are not satisfied with fruit alone, pair it with protein or fat (apples with peanut butter, grapes with walnuts, oranges with cheese) .
I eat 2 to 3 servings of fruit every day. My basics are pears, apples, oranges and bananas because they're readily available and self contained. However, I do add in various berries, melons, etc whenever they're available at my local grocery store.
I haven't noticed any difference in my weight loss because of the fruit I consume. I'm losing weight, and feeling good about it, and that's what's important.
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11/26/12 12:37 P
Berries, berries, berries, year 'round....can get expensive, but they are my mainstay!!! Love'em!
11/26/12 11:41 A
I love spartan apples for their sweetness. I like a banana in mid-afternoon for the bust of energy it gives (potassium boost). Berries included in my breakfast for the fiber.
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385 11/26/12 10:09 A
I'll second Russell's comment about fruit juice - don't be tempted into thinking they are a good healthy choice, particularly for weight loss. Many many times the sugar of normal fresh fruit without most of the side benefits. Might as well hook yourself up to a sugar I.V.
I eat low carb, and no fruit,and have lost 136 lbs. My brother eats 2 fruits a day, and lost 109.
What matters most if you are not doing low carb, is total calories. Yes, fruit spikes blood sugar, but if you aren't diabetic, fruit won't make enough of a difference to stop weight loss. You should be eating fruit, as well as loads of veggies. Cut sugar/carbs elsewhere. Look for sugary cereals, packaged foods, and make changes there.
If you think fruit is a problem eat low glycemic fruit. Even on low carb, I can have berries. An apple isn't too bad. I avoid oranges, and bananas though. It is all about degrees. Fruit is a good thing though. I would drop any fruit juice, or pop first. Fructose is even in some yogurts. It may not be fructose that is a problem, just the fact that we get too much, since it is in everything, especially our drinks. Read your labels, eat real food, don't drink calories, and limit salt, and sugar.
With that, and a calorie deficit, you should lose quite well.
Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 11/26/2012 (09:14)
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I love eating fruits and they didn't stop my weight loss so far. I think that fruits works perfectly as a snack. I love apples, strawberries, watermelon, oranges, bananas, blueberries and many more fruits. I think that the most important thing here is not to overeat.
11/25/12 1:38 P
I love fruits. Any kind of melon is always a plus for me. I try to fill the snacks with fruits and veggies.
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3,791 11/25/12 1:03 P
Mostly tomato, squash, cucumber, apples, oranges, grapefruit, berries. I think they're all valuable and important.
While the soluble fiber in apples can help with lowering cholesterol, improving blood sugar control....it does not "flush" fat from the body.
SP Registered Dietitian Becky
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11/25/12 8:56 A
Fruits are nutrient dense and their natural sugars are a great source of quick energy. Whole fruits are without a doubt some of the most healthful food you can eat. And they can help with weight loss as you fill up more quickly eating varieties with lots of fiber, such as apples and oranges. Apples are particularly good as they have a high content of pectin, which has been shown to help lower cholesterol.
I can tell by most of your posts, that you are somewhat confused by what to eat--as if you are looking for the "majical" eating plan for weight loss. .
Bottom line is that you must be in a calorie deficit for weight loss---you need to be eating fewer calories than you burn each day. Have you entered your information at sparkpeople. Have you found your calorie range. Are you weighing and measuring the foods you eat? Are you entering this into your nutrition tracker?
You don't have to be restritive and go extremely low carb or low fat. It is not that you can only have certain foods. You will see that a balanced eating plan works well. If you need some meal planning ideas---then turn on the SP meal plans. Let me know if you need the steps to do this.
Where I live, only seasonal fruits are usually available. I love fruit but try to limit the quantity. Right now, I've been buying apples, persimmons, grapes (these are almost done for the year), citrus, olives, wild blueberries, and quinces.
I eat fruit year round but it changes quite a lot from month to month since I only buy produce at the farmers' market.
It does slow down weight loss. It's pretty high calorie and I tend to overeat it. Grapes in particular are bad for me - I eat too many! But as long as you fit them into your calories it shouldn't hurt your weight loss efforts. I try to have fruit maybe 4 times/week but not every day.
Lemons, limes (small amounts in cooking and in my water/club soda). Grapes (great for road trips) Bananas (definitely not good for weight loss, but they soothe the digestive tract). In season from local producers: Apples, pears, plums, tomatoes (yes, they are fruits), but hardly ever out of season. In season from my back yard: Wild raspberries Strawberries, although I am trying to limit these from the supermarket (they're one of the more highly-pesticide laden foods out there). Blood oranges are good to add when one is juicing, although keep in mind juicing fruits just changes the glycemic index in the wrong direction. Melons! I love cantalope and watermelon.
I focus on veggies, however -- they are better for weight loss overall, but one needs some variety in life.
Dried fruits concentrate the sugars -- and I never could stand the concentrated sweetness nor the texture of any of them other than perhaps a lone dried cranberry or sun dried tomato or two lurking around in a salad.
Edited by: ARTEMISTHEGREEK at: 11/25/2012 (08:08)
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11/25/12 7:24 A
I'm not sure if eating more fruit would slow weight loss. I try to eat more veggies than fruit even though I prefer fruit. I cut my servings of fruit in half because they always seem to find their way into all my foods.
I usually always have half a banana with my yogurt or oatmeal in the morning. I love adding mandarins, grapes or raisins to my salads. I even add fruit to my wraps and sandwiches. I love pear with cottage cheese.
Fruit I usually eat;
bananas raspberries grapes blueberries apples pears mandarins
Dried fruit has concentrated sugar. Berries have the least impact on blood sugar...any kind of berries. The riper a banana gets the more sugar it has in it.Low glycemic fruits are Kiwi, apples, oranges, peaches, pears and plums...these have a mild affect on blood sugar. Fruit and veggies are a better choice than most food...The fat and sugar content in most fast foods is extremely highIf you wait more than four hours to eat your blood glucose drops, and so do your energy levels. Timed snacks give your body steady supply of fuel.....snacks can help reduce your risk of heart attack by keeping your heart's workload to a minimum during the digestion of your foods. Apples....the phytonutrients in apples can help you regulate your blood sugar. Plums are good source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and lutein and zeaxanthin, all these help your vision and can lower your risk for macular degeneration as you age.
Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 11/25/2012 (06:15)
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27,163 11/24/12 11:17 P
You name the fruit and I eat it - I LOVE fruit.
Any food in excess has the potential to cause weight-gain, but it is because of the calories consumed being in excess of what we need, not what the food was that was eaten. Fruit has sugar but it also has loads of good nutrients and is a great source of fibre which is also needed. As mentioned previously, Diabetics need to be careful with the amount, but other people mostly don't need to worry.
11/24/12 10:10 P
I love fruit and am game to try almost all types
11/24/12 9:08 P
I eat most fruit except for bananas and I don't find that it stalls weight loss.
If you have a sweet tooth and can cure it with a little bit of fruit, that is a good thing.
I agree with Luann in PA, anything can slow or stall weight loss if you eat too much of it. Fruit is one of the better things that you could be eating.
Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 11/24/2012 (21:09)
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385 11/24/12 8:36 P
I allow myself just about as much fruit as I want. Ya, its a few calories but it satiates my sweet tooth and prevents me from dipping into the truly bad stuff. Also, most fruit comes with a good amount of fibre, and a bunch of other vitamins. These give me the energy to get up and do more things, and exercise with more intensity...thereby usually offsetting any extra sugars in my system. If I look at the days when I'm over in my carbs and cals due to a huge amount of fruits, I usually find alot of exercise in my tracker also.
Fruits I eat almost daily: apple strawberries blueberries raspberries tangerines dried apricots figs dates grapes
I eat apples, raisins, peaches, pineapple and strawberries. I try and eat one a day. With my hypoglycemia is better for me to have one fruit a day.
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11/24/12 7:59 P
I have lost 14 pounds in 2 months and enjoy fruit, in moderation. I love crisp apples, bananas, pineapple, small amounts of dried fruit in salads. No food group is off limits in my book.
11/24/12 6:51 P
Anything can slow weight loss, if you eat in excess.
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11/24/12 2:39 P
thankfully, i personally don't have much of a sweet tooth and only occasionally want to eat fruit. fruit is good for you, but it also has quite a bit of sugar in it, which can hinder weight loss if you eat too much. when i eat fruit, i will eat an apple or a 1/2 C of berries or something like that. to cut back on sugar, eat more vegetables than fruits. i also found this http://www.shape.com/weight-loss/food-weig ht-loss/ask-diet-doctor-fruit-really-f ree-diet-food
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11/24/12 2:27 P
Which fruits do you eat and do they slow weight loss