In having the goal of losing weight, most would agree that incorporating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables is a great focus to have. In theory, this is indeed true and helpful. Organically grown plants are foods that are rife with nutrients and often serve as a quick, healthy snack.
The problem lies in the fact that a lot of us are much quicker to reach for an orange, banana or a peach before we reach for carrots, celery, or broccoli–understandably so. Fruit is sweeter, it’s tastier, it’s more satisfying to our palates. But with that sweetness comes sugar.
Sweet, Sweet Fruits
Though many of us are in denial about it, fruit does contain sugar, and too much of that sugar will bring your weight loss efforts to a stand still.
- High sugar (fruit) intake causes insulin levels to rise, in turn causing our bodies to initiate fat formation. Having out-of-whack insulin levels is something you want to avoid when trying to become leaner because it triggers our body to hold onto and form more fat, versus getting rid of it.
- When insulin levels skyrocket, the possibilities arise for conditions like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This effects women’s hormones and can prohibit women from being able to shed unwanted pesky pounds.
In knowing these things, we shouldn’t be scared to eat another piece of fruit with the fear that it will effect our waistline. Simply becoming more aware of what we reach for as a snack will help us evaluate how much fruit & sugar we are actually consuming. For instance, if we are too much fruit in a day’s time (with few veggies, protein, or fat sources) then it’s time to consider swapping that fruit for foods that help meet our body’s demands.
Fruits Are Not Enough
Our bodies need more than just sugar; making fat and protein sources like seeds, nuts and beans a great alternative to fruit.
Making that simple swap can solve your sugar problems for three reasons:
- Vegetables are just as nutritionally dense as fruits are.
- The sugar contained in fruit far outweighs the sugar found in vegetables.
- Seeds & nuts provide crucial omega fatty acids that actually help facilitate hormones and fat loss.
Because of this, us weight-conscious individuals will get closer to our goals if we simply swap the sugar and avoid eating too much fruit. Making sure that our diet isn’t “sugar heavy” is a big step in optimizing our health & fitness; in turn helping us lose weight.
After all, being at a healthy weight is just a reflection of our inner health.
Vegetables and More Vegetables?
The ideal of eating whole veggies might be off putting to many, as eating veggies is just not as appealing as munching down on fruit. Here are a few options for those that are struggling to stomach the veggies:
Invest in a Whole-Food Complexed Meal Replacement
There are a few great organic brands that have created supplements comprised of various nutrients found in fruits and vegetables, without all of the sugar. There is also an ample serving size of plant based protein in these powders, making them a more well rounded meal. Products like this can be found in the supplement isle at a natural foods store. A great one to start with is Garden of Life’s Raw Meal.
Think Protein When Snacking, Not Sugar
One can accomplish this by finding an organic powder or bar that is high in protein and low in sugar. Doing this will give you the satiability from the protein without causing your insulin levels to rise. When eaten in small amounts and in moderation, foods like chia seeds or almonds are also a great source of protein and good fats.
Juice Your Veggies to Make Them More Palatable
Juicing some of your favorite veggies can be a quick way to ingest a load of nutrients at once. Using carrots, tomatoes, celery, and some greens can make for a surprisingly delicious veggie treat. It’s refreshing and also acts as an energy boost.
So Fruits Are Bad?
No, not really, but it is pertinent that we realize that “too much fruit” exists. With the efforts we make an individuals to lose weight and be healthy, we shouldn’t ignore that we could be taking steps backwards by inadvertently ingesting too much fruit and sugar.
Simply making small changes like eating veggies, implementing protein powders, eating more seeds & nuts and starting a juicing routine can help us solve the problem and accelerate the rate at which we slim down.