To eat fruit or not to eat fruit?

  • mrcpu1

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    Mar 20, 2010 5:30 PM GMT
    Reading the posts is great encouragement,

    I started my work out Jan 4th, after learning I was pre-diabetic from my Dr on 12/30/09 and prescribing meds. I haven't filled the rx he gave me, instead decided I was at a very unhealthy weight myself and wanting to get back to my slim self.

    My goal (as lofty as it sounds) is to get that well defined swimmers build, or as close to it as I can for my age.

    To that end, since Jan 4th, I've lost 26 lbs going to the gym and changing my diet. I am doing weight training with cardio and have started swimming. While I look like a beached porpoise thrashing in the water as I learn to swim right, I will continue until I have the right form icon_smile.gif ) I have 44 lbs to go and hope to have that completed by September 2010, I think it's a very reachable goal.

    Now my question (sorry for the boring history there) I miss fruit, like apples, oranges, bananas, strawberries, grapes, etc... I hear conflicting information about eating fruit due to their sugar content. So the question is - can someone who's goal is to initially loose weight with some minor toning, eat fruit or should they stay away from fruit for awhile?

    Thanks everyone!
    Rick
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    Mar 20, 2010 5:36 PM GMT
    Eat, but think timing. It is a PERFECT part of a post workout snack, gives you sugar quickly and in the best way possible. A protein shake and a banana was always my weapon of choice. You can have it at other times, but donĀ“t overdo it...
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    Mar 20, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    Best way to prevent diabetes is to eat like you already have it. Do some research on the G.I (glycemic index) - you can find the "green/yellow/red" food charts that'll show you which fruits to avoid and which fruits you can enjoy, and how frequently.

    Additionally, if you really miss fruits, think perhaps about reducing how you consume them and pay attention to when in the day you consume them. Have half a banana instead of a whole banana, and eat them earlier in the day rather than late at night, stuff like that.

    Congratz on the change of lifestyle though - keep it up.
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    Mar 20, 2010 10:26 PM GMT
    Good lord, child! Fruits and veggies are the best way to get sugars and more complex carbohydrates...plus lots of essential nutrients that your body needs. You put those fruits right back into your diet this minute.

    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=faq&dbid=4
  • mrcpu1

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    Mar 22, 2010 5:23 AM GMT
    Thank you everyone, I have a little research to do, but it's encouraging to hear that I can have some fruit on my program to a healthier lifestyle and body.

    Can't wait to hit the gym tomorrow (You wouldn't hear me saying that a year ago!).
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    Mar 22, 2010 3:43 PM GMT
    I'm not sure if being diagnosed as prediabetic due to weight is a reason to cut out fruit, but I did. When I got the same diagnosis last September I cut out all added sugar and paid a lot more attention to labels, avoiding anything with sugar (and sugars by any other name). Except for occasional berries I also avoided all fruit except watermelon as I have a big wedge every day (typically post morning workout) because it's the most filling, lowest caloried fruit - but I just checked the glycemic index and saw it had the highest rating of all fruits! But since I'm not a Type 1 diabetic and not yet a Type 2 diabetic this may be irrelevant, especially since I may no longer be prediabetic - at about 6' I lost 55lbs since September (intentionally losing weight slowly) with another 15-20 to go. Swimming played a large part, and I'll have the lean swimmer's physique ('cept with some bulky musculature) in another couple of months. I'll probably reincorporate more fruit once I reach my goal weight but will continue to avoid processed sugar regardless.
  • Celticmusl

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    Mar 22, 2010 3:50 PM GMT
    The more I find out about the nutrition in fruit the more I'm a big fan. Actually, correction, the more scientists find out about the nutrition in fruit, the more I'm a big fan.

    Eat as much fruit as you want, as long as it's in the context of a healthy mix. I happen to feel that eating fruit will actually help you lose fat. There are certain enzymes in certain fruit that help break down body fat in order for the fat to be burned.

    We still don't know a lot about fruit and all of their micro-nutrients, but it seems they hold just as many keys to living a healthy life as vegetables.
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    Mar 22, 2010 4:20 PM GMT
    mrcpu1 saidReading the posts is great encouragement,

    I started my work out Jan 4th, after learning I was pre-diabetic from my Dr on 12/30/09 and prescribing meds. I haven't filled the rx he gave me, instead decided I was at a very unhealthy weight myself and wanting to get back to my slim self.

    My goal (as lofty as it sounds) is to get that well defined swimmers build, or as close to it as I can for my age.

    To that end, since Jan 4th, I've lost 26 lbs going to the gym and changing my diet. I am doing weight training with cardio and have started swimming. While I look like a beached porpoise thrashing in the water as I learn to swim right, I will continue until I have the right form icon_smile.gif ) I have 44 lbs to go and hope to have that completed by September 2010, I think it's a very reachable goal.

    Now my question (sorry for the boring history there) I miss fruit, like apples, oranges, bananas, strawberries, grapes, etc... I hear conflicting information about eating fruit due to their sugar content. So the question is - can someone who's goal is to initially loose weight with some minor toning, eat fruit or should they stay away from fruit for awhile?

    Thanks everyone!
    Rick


    There's nothing wrong with fruit, particularly post workout.

    Understand type 2 diabetes is 100% preventable with as little as 2 HIIT sessions a week. You DO NOT have to be a diabetic. You do, however, need to quit eating like crap, and you DO need to get your heart rate up for 20 minutes or longer several times a week. You should also have your testosterone checked. Proper testosterone levels will help your glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, along with intense exercise. Anti-aging (AAS and GH) will help you in a remarkable way to move towards good health. You could very well benefit from an anti-aging regimen starting with a testosterone prescription. You don't state your HBA1C, nor your resting glucose, so it's hard to guess on how far along you are. Repeating: type 2 diabetes is 100% preventable with as little a 2 HIIT sessions a week. Once you get your insulin sensitivity restored, and you can, you'll be able to eat good food, such as fruit, on a regular basis. You do want to avoid high levels of fast carbs that spike your insulin (that's what caused your intolerance) and you'll want to increase your lean muscle mass to increase your glucose tolerance and caloric burn. You'll want to make sure you have enough testosterone for a long list of reasons.

    I weigh 215#. I don't have ANY problems with insulin insensitivity (it's actually around a 0.8. I don't have problems with high blood sugar levels. I'm considered at zero risk of a cardiac event. It's all about lifestyle.