Should You Eat Fruit If You're Trying To Lose Weight?


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Some of the most delicious things in the natural world belong to the fruit family. I’ve just received figs in my fruit and veg box, and next week I’m due for persimmons. Two of my favourites – I’m certainly not going to be missing out!

Fruit sometimes gets a bad rap when talking about weight loss.

Largely, I think this is unfair.

Even the most calorie dense fruits have less than 100 calories per 100g. Compared to most processed sweet stuff which usually has about 500 calories per 100g – it’s really not bad and almost certainly is not going to make you gain weight.

Dried fruit might be a bit different since you can quickly rack up more calories – and sugar – than you can with fresh fruit. But still, significantly less than processed sweet things.

Likewise, while the carbohydrates in fruit do matter for certain people, they’re probably not an issue for most of us. Fruit contains significantly less sugar than processed sweet things.

So, I think it’s fair to say that you can reasonably eat fruit while following a weight loss plan.

I like to put fruit into one of those “extra detail” columns. When you’re starting out, don’t even give fruit a second thought and enjoy what you want – it certainly fits into the model of eating nutrient rich food when you’re hungry.

But when your diet is pretty good and you start to hit plateaus in your weight loss, perhaps keeping an eye on how much fruit you’re eating will be enough to kick start the weight loss again.

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