Fruit Diet For Weight Loss
Most fruits and vegetables are low in fat and calories making them ideal for use in weight loss diets. Dietitian, Juliette Kellow shows you how to make the best of fruit and veg as part of a healthy, balanced diet to lose weight, and dispels some of the diet myths about specific fruit and vegetable types like carrots, apples, avocado, grapefruit, bananas and juice.
By Dietitian, Juliette Kellow BSc RD
Most slimmers know that fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet and can help to fill us up when we’re trying to lose weight. But nevertheless, some popular choices from the fruit and veg aisle in the supermarket still leave us feeling confused.
For example, many of us choose to avoid bananas, avocados, sweetcorn, carrots and peas because we think they are fattening. In contrast, some of us think that eating celery or grapefruit will actually help weight loss.
What’s the Truth about fruit and Veg?
Eating more fruit and veg is essential both for good health and to help us lose weight. Most fruits and vegetables are low in calories and fat, and high in fibre – three essential ingredients for successful weight loss. Most also contain plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, all of which are important for helping us to look and feel our best and to protect us from disease.
Research also shows we tend to eat the same volume or weight of food every day, regardless of its calorie content. So if we want to lose weight, it’s crucial to stick to lower calorie foods to make up this volume. And that’s where fruit and vegetables play an important part in a weight loss diet.
Many fruits and vegetables actually weigh a lot, adding bulk to our diet, but they don't provide that many calories. For example, a meal consisting of a 150g grilled chicken breast, a 300g jacket potato, 20g of butter and 30g low fat cheese provides a total weight of 500g and provides 790 calories. Swap that meal for a 130g chicken breast, a 200g potato, 5g of butter, 80g broccoli, 45g carrots and 40g green salad, and you still have an overall weight of 500g, but for just 480 calories.
Bottom line: you will feel just as full as you’ve eaten exactly the same amount of food, but you’ve saved 310 calories – and in a week, that’s enough to help you lose 1/2lb without even changing the quantity of food you’ve eaten!
But what about foods like bananas, avocados, sweetcorn, carrots and peas? These foods are certainly higher in calories than most other fruit and veg. For example, you could eat two small apples for around the same amount of calories as a banana. Similarly, you could eat six times more spinach to provide you with the same amount of calories provided by sweetcorn.
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Good diet for weight loss.2013-02-04 04:12:27 by spunkyrose1938
The reason you are hungry all the time is because the severe diet you have created for yourself.
When I am in weight losing mode,which is pretty much all the time. I am never hungry. I am pretty active but 74 years old, so I gear my diet to that. I am also diabetic but very healthy
otherwise. For breakfast I have a combination of nuts and dried fruit. I use pecans,
walnuts, almonds, which I toast, prunes, apricots which I cut up, and dried cranberries. I have
1/2 cup of this mixture. The nuts are high in protein, the fruit provides a little seetness, vitamins and minerals
Juicing is great for health, but weight loss?2012-09-04 09:54:09 by type1racegirl
Honestly, juicing AND eating is not going to lead to weight loss... watch the type of people going into Jamba Juice for example - those smoothies are extremely caloric! if you want to replace meals with juices, it's a good way to cut calories while adding nutrients, but if you're thinking of supplementing your current diet with some juice, all you're going to do is GAIN weight.
my tips? stick with veggies, and sweeten with fruit. keep it simple and within the same colors. for example - beet, carrot and apple go very well together. so does apple, carrot, ginger... the more you add, the more you stray away from good taste
I was doing my diet plan for the day2008-07-29 11:37:02 by --
If I just eat a sensible diet with fruit, veggies, rice, bread, nuts, and lean meat, I can stay within 1500 calories a day.
It's really, really interesting that all these diets preach about the miracle weight loss plan, whereas actually, all you really need to do is to not eat anything that is junk food and control your portions, and you can have a very sensible and filling diet.
Isn't that interesting? All you need to do is not reach for the chips or cookies or chocolate or alcohol, and you're fine.
Huh. Who knew?
Flax for good health/weight loss2009-09-22 16:03:50 by tiger313
I have the seed kind, not the oil kind and a large quantity I want to start using. I need it for a variety of reasons and I'm also looking at removing gluten from my diet. Are these exclusive?
I have so many health issues and I know they are mostly self imposed, but I want to do something about it before I die. I'm trying to find out how to use the flax seed in my food. Should I add it to veggie and fruit smoothies? Can anyone recommend a site or book w/o others flagging you for spam? The stuff I've seen refers to flax seed oil. I don't want to go out and purchase that until I've used up the flax seed
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