Eating fruit while cutting fat?

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    May 12, 2011 11:41 PM GMT
    Do you guys eat fruit while you're cutting? I think i have read somewhere that eating fruit replenishes glycogen fast and therefore will hinder the fat-cutting process. Is this true even if you're counting calories? Like, 20% below your daily expenditure? What about maintaining, do you guys eat fruit while maintaining?

    I can use some guidance. I really appreciate it, thanks guys!

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    May 13, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    From what I have heard/read it is best to avoid fruits when cutting or bodybuilding in general as they are just full of sugars. I won't though, I love my oranges too much.
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    May 13, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    ZennedDaFuckOut saidFrom what I have heard/read it is best to avoid fruits when cutting or bodybuilding in general as they are just full of sugars. I won't though, I love my oranges too much.


    this... you want to minimize sugar and fat altogether... not get rid of them completely but minimize them.
  • momewrath

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    May 13, 2011 4:00 AM GMT
    Well... Like everything, it quite depends on how your body personally reacts. I might probably go for more fruit on a daily basis than the usual recommendation and still manage to be cutting the fat at a healthy 1-2 pounds a week.

    I generally tend to eat less fruit on the weekends and every day at work I'm usually snacking on my fresh bananas and oranges between the bigger meals. I've also been getting some fruit juice in the morning occasionally. As well as a few berries maybe once a day.

    However, what I'm eating at any other time probably factors into how much fruits I can eat daily, too. But a day with fruit is usually the better day for me.
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    May 13, 2011 4:21 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    ZennedDaFuckOut saidFrom what I have heard/read it is best to avoid fruits when cutting or bodybuilding in general as they are just full of sugars. I won't though, I love my oranges too much.


    As far as the "in general" part I disagree. Certain fruits are higher in fructose than others but if you eat the entire fruit with the pulp you are eating the fiber and this slows lowers the glycemic index of foods. This means that the sugars from the fruit do not empty into your system as fast as say, a Coke or something from refined sugar. If you were to drink freshly squeezed fruit juice from say, an orange you might as well having a glass of soda. In terms of how the sugar empties into your bloodstream both examples are similar.

    Fruit is a healthy food option that should be included in our diets. I personally eat over a pound of fruit daily. Currently, the fruit I consume is watermelon, cantaloupe and strawberries.

    Do not listen to people who tell you to avoid fruits. Granted, during a super cutting phase for photo shoots or a bodybuilding contest a person will significantly lower all consumption of sugars. But this is something that people should only do for brief periods of time.

    Fresh fruit is filled with antioxidants, fiber and many nutrients that you really cannot find in other foods. Just eating watermelon daily alone has eliminated my prostatitis. No other food has done this for me.

    If you eat smartly and count your grams of carbohydrates and eat healthy fats from sources high in Omega 3's and 6's you will not get fat.


    Agreed. Fruits have vital nutritional content that cannot be ignored, and that keeps the body in balance. Even during cutting phases, fruits help to hydrate, replenish, heal, and repair the body. Obviously, don't go overboard even with healthy foods. Remember, our bodies were designed to eat foods from nature.
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    May 13, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    of course they are healthy and beneficial. Every bodybuilder would agree but they would still avoid them as much as possible if trying to lose fat.
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    May 13, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    I think anyone who is smart about food will tell you that fruits are good....I mean unless you eat 100 starwberries a day I think they should be part of everyone's daily life....with veggies too
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    May 13, 2011 4:37 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    ZennedDaFuckOut saidFrom what I have heard/read it is best to avoid fruits when cutting or bodybuilding in general as they are just full of sugars. I won't though, I love my oranges too much.


    As far as the "in general" part I disagree. Certain fruits are higher in fructose than others but if you eat the entire fruit with the pulp you are eating the fiber and this lowers the glycemic index of foods. This means that the sugars from the fruit do not empty into your system as fast as say, a Coke or something from refined sugar. The faster sugar empties into your blood stream the more your body excretes insulin. If you were to drink freshly squeezed fruit juice from oranges you might as well be having a glass of soda. In terms of how the sugar empties into your bloodstream both examples are similar. Fiber in fruit helps to slow this process down.

    Fruit is a healthy food option that should be included in our diets. I personally eat over one pound of fruit daily (I also eat about one pound of vegetables daily too). Currently, the fruit I consume is watermelon, cantaloupe and strawberries.

    Do not listen to people who tell you to avoid fruits. Granted, during a super cutting phase for photo shoots or a bodybuilding contest a person will significantly lower all consumption of sugars. But this is something that people should only do for brief periods of time. Also, the time of day you eat fruits can impact how your body utilizes this form of energy. If you eat a lot of fruit late at night and then go to bed your body has no use for this energy and thus will store it as fat. If you eat your fruit in the morning for breakfast and for lunch you and then either significantly reduce the amount of sugar or eliminate it completely from say - 4PM until bedtime you will have more than likely used that sugar as energy for the day instead of store it as fat.

    Fresh fruit is filled with antioxidants, fiber and many nutrients that you really cannot find in other foods. Just eating watermelon daily alone has eliminated my prostatitis. No other food has done this for me.

    If you eat smartly and count your grams of carbohydrates and stay within your parameters you should not get fat.


    Haha, thanks buddy I was hoping you would comment. I was thinking something along that line. If I can burn them off during the activities of the day, there shouldn't be any reason why I can't have fruits. Of course i wouldnt have them after 6pm or so; I dont consume any carbs after 6pm anyway. I was also thinking if I can consume fruits when my body needs insulin the most, say, right after my weight training session. icon_biggrin.gif.

    Edit: thx for posting that list of Glycemic index of fruits. icon_smile.gif. You're the best.
  • EricPrado

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    May 13, 2011 4:52 AM GMT
    I don't eat fruits after 12 icon_smile.gif
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    May 13, 2011 4:55 AM GMT
    snowboarder saidI think anyone who is smart about food will tell you that fruits are good....I mean unless you eat 100 starwberries a day I think they should be part of everyone's daily life....with veggies too


    Yeah I eat a lot of non-starchy veggies mostly in forms of green-leafy ones like spinach or romaine. Spinach is my favorite. Apparently slightly cooked ones are highly anti-inflammatory. Good to have icon_biggrin.gif


    @ everyone else (zenned, Mohammed, momewrath, eastcoastNAZ)

    Thanks so much for commenting! It all makes sense now. Well, I don't think I could have gotten better answers from any other people! You guys rock! I really appreciate it. I guess I will carry on and eat my cantaloups and blueberries tomorrow. icon_biggrin.gif
  • barriehomeboy

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    May 13, 2011 7:30 AM GMT
    I'm a medical type. All that stuf about bulking up and cutting down is crap. Your body isn't desinged to grow and shink. When you grow a fat cell it stays a fat cell forever, and then you have lumpy cellulite. It's not pretty on a woman. It's even worse on a man. Stop bulking up!

    Hire a trainer and a dietician to give you advice, and stop believing what you hear in the gym or read in those ridiculous workout magazines.

    I have patients on my table on a weekly basis who injured themselves doing a weight routine they saw in a magazine.
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    May 13, 2011 7:38 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidFoods that are very high in sugar that I tend to not eat on a daily basis are:

    * Tangerines

    * Cherries

    * Grapes

    * Pomegranates

    * Mangos

    * Figs

    * Bananas

    * Dried Fruit, such as dates, raisins, dried apricots, and prunes

    Fruits moderate to high in sugar:

    * Plums

    * Oranges

    * Kiwifruit

    * Pears

    * Pineapple


    Fruits Low to Moderate in Sugars are:

    * Strawberries

    * Casaba Melon

    * Papaya

    * Watermelon

    * Peaches

    * Nectarines

    * Blueberries

    * Cantaloupes

    * Honeydew melons

    * Apples

    * Guavas -- Pineapple Guavas (Feijoa) and Strawberry Guavas are probably similar, but information that directly compares them is not available

    * Apricots

    * Grapefruit

    Fruits low in sugar:

    * Small Amounts of Lemon or Lime

    * Rhubarb

    * Raspberries (more about berries on low carb diets)

    * Blackberries

    * Cranberries

    Source:
    http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/whattoeat/a/whatfruit.htm


    this is really good to fucking know...lol...Thanks amigo!
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    May 13, 2011 9:01 AM GMT
    cityaznguy saidDo you guys eat fruit while you're cutting?
    No, there's usually nobody else around when I'm cutting. I prefer to be alone when I do that, just in case I bleed to death. icon_twisted.gif

    Oh wait, when you say "fruits" you do mean gay guys, right? icon_razz.gif
  • alphatop

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    May 13, 2011 10:45 AM GMT
    And I read "Eating cum while farting"...Jeezicon_confused.gif
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    May 13, 2011 11:39 AM GMT
    Everything that MuchMoreThanMuscle and BarrieHomeBoy said and this:

    http://altmed.creighton.edu/Paleodiet/Foodlist.html

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    May 13, 2011 12:00 PM GMT
    eat fruit, dont believe the haters
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    May 13, 2011 12:11 PM GMT
    If you eat a well balanced diet and exercise regularly you should have no problem lowering your percentage of body fat. You need to your glycogen stores to be replenished otherwise you muscles will not work function at full capacity. That leads to less intense workouts and less fat burning. There is much more to it than that and you could read books on the topic.

    It's really all about calories and three basic equations.

    Calories consumed > calories burned = Weight Gain
    Calories consumed < calories burned = Weight Loss
    Calories consumed = calories burned = Weight Maintained


    The bottom line is eat the damn fruit!
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    May 13, 2011 12:51 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    cityaznguy saidDo you guys eat fruit while you're cutting?
    No, there's usually nobody else around when I'm cutting. I prefer to be alone when I do that, just in case I bleed to death. icon_twisted.gif

    Oh wait, when you say "fruits" you do mean gay guys, right? icon_razz.gif


    Oh Paul, why am I not surprised with that reply? Btw there are always that kind of "fruits" around, because you can always use some additional cardio while cutting, if you know what kind of cardio I mean...ya know, the kind that is very good at toning your hip flexers and glut muscles...icon_twisted.gif
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    May 13, 2011 1:05 PM GMT
    Well, judging from the awesome physique and answers of the guys who responded to this thread, I should definitely consume fruit as part of my everyday diet while cutting. I guess maybe just keep more on the low GI side and listen to the strategy that you guys offered. I was also thinking since we don't get to consume so much raw veggies except as salads, then fruits becomes important source of enzymes that our bodies need in order to be healthy.

    Since everyone all agree on eating fruit while dieting, I won't answer individual posts. But you guys rock, with awesome bod too. Haha. Thanks guys! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 13, 2011 6:58 AM GMT
    You should eat fruit I have some every single day my favorite is Strawberries are my favorite culd eat those day and night but all and any are for your health and fitness
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    Aug 13, 2011 7:00 AM GMT
    Seven words: Eat food. Not too much. Mainly plants.

    What does this mean? Use the great-grandmother test; if someone of your great-grandmother's generation wouldn't recognize it as food, then it isn't food (aka, don't eat processed shit or fast food). Portion sizes (especially in the US, but also in North America) are generally way bigger than what we need. North Americans tend to eat way too much meat than we should; fill up on dark green, leafy shit such as kale, chard, spinach, etc. Otherwise, I don't think about the things I eat, other than trying to avoid carbs after lunch (which sometimes doesn't pan out - meh).

    My sister once said bananas were bad for you because they were all carbs; I said she was full of shit.

    And that's my two cents.
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    Aug 13, 2011 10:56 AM GMT
    Life is too short to cut out fruits.
    I want abs, but frankly, I'd rather have my one fruit a day. icon_biggrin.gif