Eating Fruits, Getting Ripped, and Losing Weight

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    Sep 27, 2010 7:09 PM GMT
    I've been reading some responses from RJs who seem to recommend not eating fruits with berries as the only exception. I've also heard from a friend that you should eat apples in the morning but never before bed. Then, I've always heard and read that you should eat a banana right after a work-out.

    Can we dispel the myth from the truth? Are certain fruits better for you in absolute terms? Should you eat some fruits for breakfast but avoid them as late night snacks?

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    Sep 27, 2010 9:13 PM GMT
    As for one who has lost 70 lbs or approx 36 kilos in the last year, eating fruit is definitely good for you.
    There is a tendency to feel hungry late at night, due to the release of a certain hormone which arouse appetite. Your big mistake is to eat something "filling" in the attempt to satisfy it. This can include cakes, sandwiches, warm full fat or semi fat milk, anything which would add an excess of calorie intake late at night when the body is least able to burn off those calories.
    Fruit is good any time of the day. I always finish a meal with an apple, not apple pie and custard. I often have an apple before bedtime. Grapefruit is also very good. It is often referred to as the slimmers choice. I have pure grapefruit juice every morning and anytime if thirsty.
    I have found that a good alternative late night snack to fruit is fat-free yogurt. They come in many fruit flavors.
    But for successive weight loss, I spend time exercising on the floor everyday, along with visits to the gym and going out running with a friend.
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    Sep 27, 2010 10:33 PM GMT
    I've lost around 120 pounds in the last year, and it was not thanks to skipping fruit. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Fruit is fine. Carbs and fats are your biggest issues.
    I would avoid eating as many starches, mainly because it makes people feel tired like a tryptophan effect.

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    Oct 06, 2010 12:00 AM GMT
    quadraticequationFruit is fine. Carbs and fats are your biggest issues.


    Actually fruit is primarily composed of carbs. Fruits can actually make you gain weight if you eat too much, especially dried fruits. Some fruits are lower on the Glycemic index (such as berries) so they do not impact your blood sugars as much as other fruits. Basically it takes your body longer to metabolize the sugars.

    The problem with high Glycemic index foods, especially processed carbohydrates is that they spike blood sugar, which triggers insulin release, which leads to fat storage. There is alot of information out there on the effect of insulin on fat storage.

    I personally have lost 150+lbs by exercising and elminating most of the processed carbs from my life. I do eat fruits but usually only 1 serving a day or less and typically stick to things like berries.

    I suggest not completely elminating the foods you enjoy from your life becasue you will be more likely to stuggle to maintain the changes. Do things in moderation.

    Good luck,

    Josh
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    Oct 06, 2010 12:04 AM GMT
    Fruit is perfectly fine to eat and its not the reason why people are gaining weight. Put the rumor to rest
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    Oct 06, 2010 12:13 AM GMT
    marcobruno1978 saidI've been reading some responses from RJs who seem to recommend not eating fruits with berries as the only exception. I've also heard from a friend that you should eat apples in the morning but never before bed. Then, I've always heard and read that you should eat a banana right after a work-out.

    Can we dispel the myth from the truth? Are certain fruits better for you in absolute terms? Should you eat some fruits for breakfast but avoid them as late night snacks?



    Actually I would say it depends. If you are at the stage where you are simply trying to shred your body (aka get cut), then YES you do need to watch what types of fruit you eat, the amt you eat, and when you eat them. Melons, grapes, plums, etc...have a high sugar content and thus should be eaten in greater moderation than applies. Furthermore, they provide less fiber than some other fruits. It is quite ok to eat these fruits even while in a "cutting" phase, but I would restrict them to morning to lunch time snacks (or as part of meals)....never at night.

    If you are carrying a bit more weight, you can get away with a little more. But I would still avoid eating any foods within 3 hrs b4 bed.

    good luck!

    Orthojock
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    Oct 06, 2010 12:19 AM GMT
    marcobruno1978 saidI've been reading some responses from RJs who seem to recommend not eating fruits with berries as the only exception. I've also heard from a friend that you should eat apples in the morning but never before bed. Then, I've always heard and read that you should eat a banana right after a work-out.

    Can we dispel the myth from the truth? Are certain fruits better for you in absolute terms? Should you eat some fruits for breakfast but avoid them as late night snacks?



    I can only comment on what I learned. Fruit also contains fiber which is essential for your body and as a way for you metabolism to extract the essential nutrients and minerals that you need. In terms of why eating fruit in the morning is better, is because as someone noted above of the sugar content and you need that sugar to start your engine in the morning sort to speak. Later in the evening, after working out you really need some sort of protein to rebuild muscle since it is essential you have torn the fibers and they need protein to rebuild muscle and for the muscle to grow.

    In terms of eating banana right after a work-out or a long run, yes I do this all the time, the main reason is that you need Potassium to refill your electrolyte balance or PH balance in your body since you have depleted this. This is why you see some athletes have Gatorade which contains electrolytes after a very hard workout. It also helps post recovery in the sense of less cramping or lactic acid building up...for me it does.
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    Oct 06, 2010 1:21 AM GMT
    Fruit is mostly sugar. Some fruits contain more sugar than others. Not saying it's bad to eat. But like other things, eat it in moderation. And eat the right fruits at the right time.

    Bananas are great for post-workout. Like everyone else said, they're full of potassium and protein. If you want a quick energy boost before a workout, you can eat a fruit with a higher sugar content like an apple or orange.