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What fruits shed off pounds quickly?

stefania asked this
January 26, 2015 at 4:22 PM

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In order to lose weight, what we need to do is burn more calories than we take in. If you - like most US adults - live a mostly sedentary lifestyle, all your body really needs to MAINTAIN your current weight is about 1,600 calories. Unfortunately, it's very easy to surpass this amount eating the average American diet (About 63% processed foods including oils, refined grains/white bread products, and sugar. 25% animal-based foods including meat, dairy, and eggs. 6% potatoes (which act like refined grains in the body) and only 6% plant-foods including vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans/legumes, and whole grains.) The problem with this is that while we're taking in loads of calories this way, we're not getting close to enough of the nutrients we need, and so our body continues to send out hunger signals. In terms of nutrients, the body is actually starving!

Our bodies have not evolved to deal with drastic change in diet we've seen in the last 100 years. It's best suited for the diet we've eaten for thousands of years before modern convenience food times - mostly vegetables and fruits, a little bit of animal-based product, and almost no processed/refined food products. The result is the same you see in fat city squirrels. On their normal diet of nuts and berries, they stay trim and healthy - eating the junk we eat, they don't.

Back to the point on fruit though, all those ads you see promoting one exotic fruit or another that's supposed to be a miracle weight loss potion, are pretty much hype. However, substituting fruit and vegetables - ANY fresh fruits or vegetables - for some of the animal-based products, potato-based foods, and processed foods you normally take in, will definitely be a step in the right direction toward a healthier weight! The most filling of these are those highest in water and fiber. Apples, for instance, are dense in filling fiber, and grapefruit is full of satisfying water (often we feel hungry, when in fact we are actually thirsty!) PLUS, because grapefruit is slightly bitter, it may actually help curb your cravings for sweets ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVPEJgigTLM ). Even better though, would be upping your leafy green intake. It only take 200 calories worth of leafy green vegetables to fill your stomach. Compare that with the 3,000 calories of red meat it would take, and the weight-loss value really becomes clear! ( Check out Cristina Pasternak's article "The Nutrient-Rich Weight Loss Diet here: https://www.smartlivingnetwork.com/nutrition/b/the-secret-to-healthy-permanent-weight-loss/ )

Two documentaries I highly recommend for you are:

"Hungry for Change" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5g6vI-jEMI

and "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD8e4Mg3NFU

These are both available on Netflix if you have it, or for just a few dollars on youtube at the links above. I've watched both and found them very interesting and inspiring.

Hope this helps! :)

Erin Froehlich answered
January 27, 2015 at 10:08 AM

I wish I could just eat some magic fruit and my weight would disappear! Now, don't get me wrong, in moderation, a quick snack of an apple or perhaps grapes and nuts would boost the metabolism while allowing you not to have ingested too many calories. But portion control and a fibrous diet are much more important than just eating plenty of fruit as if that will help you lose weight, as Erin mentioned above.

I myself have very little room to talk. I understand how it works, but have a hard time incorporating it into my life. But, if the person can make sure that they are not taking in too many calories, the fibrous fruit and veggies will definitely help them to shed the weight.

But I cannot overstate the fact that if you eat a bag of apples because they will "help you lose weight", it isn't going to help. Fruit has simple sugar and will cause fat in the body. If you have a ton of simple sugar and then follow that up with a massive amount of fat and protein, the body will only process the simple sugar and the rest will go to the fat in the body.

Here comes the pontification. You can stop reading here if you want, but I feel like I should add this.

Here is how the body works. It wants to digest the easiest thing possible. It will ALWAYS go for that first. The easiest thing to digest is simple sugars. They break down easy, and give you instantaneous energy. Complex carbohydrates and proteins are much more difficult for the body to digest. So much so, that it won't process most protein into energy. It will make it into fat or into muscle, depending on whether your muscles needed it that day or not. But it isn't really made into energy. This leads to the exact reason why our body CRAVES sugars and starches. It knows that it can digest it better. It learns from past experience that whatever the item is, (fruit, candy, chocolate), it was easy to digest, gave the body quick energy and was broken down quickly. So, the body BEGS for this food. It powerfully cries out for simple sugar, for those things that will digest as easily as possible. Also, the same thing with caffeine. If you give your body caffeine, it realizes that this stimulant makes it not have to create the necessary hormones to wake you up. So, it tells you that you need it. It does this by headaches. It doesn't want to make its own, so it forces you to take it in.

The point here, is this: our body WANTS to be fat, it wants storehouses of energy in it, and it will push you until you give in. This is how addiction works. And, because of this, we have to fight our urges if we want to lose weight. We have to fight against everything our body is telling us. When we realize that our body does not have our best interests at heart, then we can make the determination to fight it.

I hate that my body pushes me toward simple sugars and I will always fight it. Period. I don't always win the battle, but our will power must be more than our cravings. Of course, some folks don't seem to have the lack of will power that I have. But if we can, we can begin winning the battle, even if we have an uphill road ahead of us.

There ya go. This is the story of us vs. our bodies. I hope this helps a bit, but at the same time, I need to steel up my resolve every once in a while and this is one way that I can do that.

Thanks for listening, and I hope this will help.

Rex answered
January 27, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Thanks!

stefania answered
January 29, 2015 at 1:51 PM

You're very welcome. :)

Erin Froehlich answered
January 30, 2015 at 9:47 AM

Basically, eating more of anything on top of your normal diet will not help you lose weight. However, REPLACING some of the less nutritious parts of your normal diet with vegetables and fruits (in that order) definitely will. Hopefully though, this will come quite naturally as you fill up on fresh produce and don't have quite as much room for the other stuff.

Another thing to keep in mind is detox.

Our body actually protects us from the toxic chemicals we take in by creating fat cells to store them in. This at least keeps the excess away from our vital organs, but it also makes it difficult to lose weight without first detoxing. If fat cells are used up, the toxins they were holding will be re-released into your bloodstream potentially causing inflammation or even disease like cancer. So, the best way to kick off you weight-loss efforts, would really be with a detox regimen.

How to detox? Well, you can certainly go out and buy one of the many detox products available at most grocery stores today, but once again fresh produce is your friend! Your body will naturally detox when fed the diet it's biologically adapted for. Google "best detox foods" for inspiration on your next grocery outing.

Erin Froehlich answered
January 30, 2015 at 10:21 AM

This is very informative and motivating for me!

stefania answered
January 30, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Just wait till you check out those two documentaries I mentioned! You'll be pumped! I know I was, at least. haha :)

Erin Froehlich answered
February 2, 2015 at 9:05 AM

LOL, thanks!

stefania answered
February 7, 2015 at 8:48 PM

Less fruit helps u lose weight

Chaya answered
March 17 at 12:15 PM
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