Fruit
Fruit , 05-11-2010 11:10 AM


Advanced Low-Carber


Has anyone found that they lose weight (or lose more quickly) while eating moderate amounts of fruit?

Restart: 8/30/2010
Plan: under 50g carbs daily

Short Term Goal: lose 10 pounds by Thanksgiving



RE: Fruit , 05-11-2010 11:29 AM


Senior Low-Carber


I lose weight more quickly with steak. The fruits I like (pineapple, orange, clementine, peach, nectarine) tend to have more fructose and sucrose than is healthy.
RE: Fruit , 05-11-2010 11:35 AM


Expert Low-Carber


When it comes to weightloss, protein and fat is key. I do enjoy my fruit on occasion but I do not use it for weightloss. When I do have fruit it is in the form of berries and cantalope. Plus I consider foods like avocadoes, zuchini tomatoes etc as fruit.

Now that being said, I enjoy all of my low carb food. I just eat some more than others because of what I can achieve on it...weightloss.
RE: Fruit , 05-11-2010 11:43 AM


Expert Low-Carber


I find that if I eat fruit on a Low Carb lifestyle I don't lose at all. Take it for what you will because that is just my anecdotal experience.

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RE: Fruit , 05-11-2010 12:09 PM


Expert Low-Carber


I try to stick with strawberries because they are relatively low carb. I will occasionally eat other fruits like pineapple, watermelon, apples and peaches but I can only eat small amounts. Most fruits are pretty high in carbs so I try to limit my intake, but sometimes I will design a cheat around a fruit. My favorite all time fruit is pineapple and I when I go to Hawaii, I always splurge and eat as much as I want. Has anyone ever tried bacon wrapped pineapple?
RE: Fruit , 05-11-2010 12:19 PM


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Fruit is nothing more than candy that God made. Maybe some people can tolerate it better than I can, but I GAIN weight eating it regularly.

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RE: Fruit , 05-11-2010 12:29 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


There was an earlier thread about Cheat Days...

If and when I ever get to the point of being able to add anything (not losing so fast on this plan, but feeling better) I will consider fruit my Occasional Treat. That's about as cheaty as I'll be able to get, I'm afraid, w/out going off plan entirely and messing up my health.

In our garden, we grow blackberries, strawberries, elderberries, figs, native (wine) and table grapes. Also have (2 each) peach, plum, and apple trees. Once they're bearing regularly, I'll put up fruit in the freezer every year, and treat it like desert for me and regular food for the DH.

Jan
The Hermits' Garden
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RE: Fruit , 05-11-2010 12:32 PM


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In my pre-LC days, I always lost weight in the summers. I ate a lot of fruit back then ... never felt hungry or a need to binge eating it. Last summer I added fruit back into my diet. Nothing I do these days leads to rapid weight loss, but fruit makes me feel very good and hasn't been associated with weight gain. I eat one serving maybe 5 times a week nowadays.
RE: Fruit , 05-11-2010 12:43 PM


Moderator


I can't eat a lot of it, but my dad went on low carb diet where pretty much his only rule was "no white stuff." He snacked almost constantly on fruit. Watermelon, bananas, strawberries, etc. He lost 50 pounds in about 8 months. I actually think the fruit was one of the reasons he did so well. I think it helped him feel full and not deprived.
RE: Fruit , 05-11-2010 08:00 PM


Senior Low-Carber



I have been maintaining, getting ready for another go round of induction levels for weight loss, so will enjoy my bit of fruit for now. Slowly. Carefully.
RE: Fruit , 05-11-2010 08:55 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


I know fruit is high carb BUT at least it's real food. Real food doesn't seem to affect me as much as sugar flour stuff so I do have one serving of fruit a day - lower carb ones. I consider it extra special when I treat myself to pineapple - I buy a fresh one and have a little each day until it's gone and then it's a LONG time until the next one. Sometimes I go for the pleasure as long as I'm reasonable and it's a real food. It slows down losing for sure but is fine for me in maintenance. Sure tastes sweet tho when you have stopped eating sweetened stuff. Can't wait for black cherry time - should be soon right? Yum! And to think I used to crave brownies and cake - YUK!!

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RE: Fruit , 05-12-2010 08:59 AM


Expert Low-Carber


Dawna, I definitely think the fat helps with the blood sugar issues. On the rare occasions when I eat a few berries, I always have them with cream. I used to sprinkle them with artificial sweetener (I think I used Splenda, it's been a long time) but after eliminating sweets a year and a half ago, I find I don't need (or want) the sweetener anymore. The berries and cream are plenty sweet for me, and do not seem to trigger cravings in small amounts.
RE: Fruit , 05-12-2010 09:56 AM


Advanced Low-Carber


Denise and Dawna,

This is such good news, that fruit can take the place of deserts once I get to maintenance. I'm amazed that I've lost the cravings for donuts (etc.), but as I'm only two weeks into induction, I wondered how long it would last. So much to learn.

Faith; it sounds like having fruit depends on your goal. If the goal is to avoid carbs, and keep blood sugar levels stable, then fruit should be something to have with caution (and cream. yum.) But if your goal is to stick with a "whole foods" plan, and eliminate processed foods, then fruit would be a good thing to have. Good luck!

Jan
The Hermits' Garden
Art Dolls and Folkart




RE: Fruit , 05-12-2010 10:37 AM


Advanced Low-Carber



Well, really what I have noticed is that when I consume more fruit the scale always moves down more the next day. I wondered if this was something others have experienced.

Fruit is allowed on the Protein Power plan but I don't eat it daily.

Restart: 8/30/2010
Plan: under 50g carbs daily

Short Term Goal: lose 10 pounds by Thanksgiving



RE: Fruit , 05-12-2010 12:26 PM


Moderator


I can't say if eating fruit hinders my weight loss or not because I really only started eating much of it after I reached my goal weight. I can say that it doesn't seem to cause me to gain even when I eat quite a lot of it including the higher carb fruits such as pineapple and bananas. I don't eat fruit all that often but, when I do, I don't really worry about the quantity or the carbs. I just make sure that the fruit is of the best quality and actually worth eating. Otherwise I'd rather save the carbs for something else.

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RE: Fruit , 05-12-2010 03:00 PM


Expert Low-Carber


I view most fruit as maintenance food with the exception of strawberries which have about 1 net carb per medium strawberry. Once out of induction, strawberries became a regular part of my LC diet.
RE: Fruit , 05-13-2010 01:05 PM


Senior Low-Carber


Lindasue Wrote:just make sure that the fruit is of the best quality and actually worth eating. Otherwise I'd rather save the carbs for something else

Exactly! I actually feel that way about everything I eat or drink. I promised myself, early on, that I would not force myself to eat anything I didn't like - and I don't. Luckily for me, there are few things I don't like.

I also appreciate my food more now, if that makes any sense. I want to enjoy my LC way of life. I don't want to feel deprived. Eating the best quality I can afford, and preparing it in ways that are pleasing to me makes a huge difference between "dieting" and actually happily enjoying my chosen lifestyle.
RE: Fruit , 05-13-2010 01:30 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Here's a question that I have always wondered:

Do fruits and vegetables have a higher carb count when they taste sweeter? Such as the strawberries completely sun ripe from the field in the summer versus the ones purchased at the grocery store in the off season that are actually not so ripe and don't taste sweet at all? And of course, the same with tomatoes and all kinds of fruit/veggies?
RE: Fruit , 05-13-2010 01:41 PM


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My initial inclination would be to say yes but then I would wonder about food that rippens while it's just sitting there. Like take a banana for instance. When it's great, it's not very sweet but wait a week and it taste like candy. Where would that extra "sugar" come from? I hope somebody who knows the answer to this question pipes up.
RE: Fruit , 05-13-2010 01:50 PM


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Do fruits and vegetables have a higher carb count when they taste sweeter? Such as the strawberries completely sun ripe from the field in the summer versus the ones purchased at the grocery store in the off season that are actually not so ripe and don't taste sweet at all? And of course, the same with tomatoes and all kinds of fruit/veggies?
For something like a banana, I don't think the carb count changes, but the carb type might. As bananas ripen starch is converted to sugar. For other fruits perhaps it is other sugar "polymers" like fructooligosaccharides that are converted to simpler sugars b/c I've not seen where strawberries have much starch content (whereas a ripe banana still has some). If that is the case, the carb count would increase with sweetness b/c FOS are undigestible -- they are fermented in the gut and contribute some carbs but not as many.