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How Much Fruit Should You Eat On A Diet?

This is a very interesting question, and very confusing. We just wrote a piece which people liked and was clear. In it we attempt to provide a proper "context" for when you should up your fruit intake and when you might want to throttle back on it.

How Much Fruit To Eat On A Diet

The gist of what we are saying here is that when you first start getting healthier and changing what you eat, fruit is an excellent food. But as you start to lose weight and make changes, start to pay attention to the overall sugar content in your diet.


Wed. Mar 16, 1:54pm

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that testimonial was crazy! I never thought about limiting fruit but now I think I will try it. I see that I can still eat berries and lemon and stuff on the cheat system all i want so I can live with that. Seems to totally make sense! Thank you!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 2:42 PM

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this is an interesting link from a Doctor who has seen some patients become diabetic because of the fruit in their morning smoothies:

Very interesting stuff at that blog.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 4:44 PM

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So, I have about 10 lbs left to loose (lost 12 already) should I not be eating fruit?

I eat about 3 servings a day
1 banana (everyday)
then two more of either
1 pear, 1 apple, 2 kiwi, 1/2cup grapes, 1/2 cup strawberries

I can't eat this anymore? What should I replace it with? vegetables? meat?
Is this forever, or onlyt until I reach my goal weight...

Thursday, March 17, 2011, 5:28 PM

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Banana- 24 carbs
apples - 16 carbs
pears - 16 carbs
strawberries (1/2 cup) - 5 carbs
10 grapes - 9 carbs
2 kiwi - 17 carbs

Go with the 10 grapes, 1/2 cup strawberries, and the banana, and you have 38 carbs. That's the same amount of sugar as a can of coke. Despite what people say, the sugar in fruit is still sugar. Carbs, complex or not, are still broken down into sugar in the blood.

Go at the high end- 2 kiwi, a banana, and an apple, and you've got 57 carbs- 10 more than in 2 little Debbie Zebra cakes...

Sure- nutrients and antioxidants are great. Excess sugar is still bad. There's a tonne of studies out there suggesting that limiting carbohydrate consumption is key to good health.

Thursday, March 17, 2011, 6:03 PM

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In my life I've never thought about my fruit consumption and I've never had problem losing the last few pounds when they've needed to be lost. I don't disagree with the concept of fruit consumption, sugar and weight loss, though. I just don't think my moderate consumption ever affected my weight loss efforts. Actually, I know they didn't. I always lose weight when I need to lose weight and I've always eaten fruit. Three servings a day isn't that much. Some people will eat it with abandon either because they're on a plan that deems it "Free food" or they associate it with 'healthful' and over eat.

I say if you're having trouble losing those last few and you know you're not getting loosey goosey with monitoring your intake or fooling yourself about what you're really consuming, re-evaluate. Definitely don't replace it with meat! If you like the Cheat plan - do more berries, the grapefruit, etc. Add more greens. For as little as you seem to eat, I don't think you need to eliminate fruit from your diet entirely.

Thursday, March 17, 2011, 7:27 PM

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The answer is that it depends on the person. If you are sick, cut down on the fruit. If you thrive on it, don't.

Thursday, March 17, 2011, 7:40 PM

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