It makes me happy to read you girls experience my “weight-loss: lessons learned” blogs as useful! I can imagine it’s hard to figure out what you should eat – and what not!- in order to realize your body goals, when there are a million of theories available online. I hope my personal story and body photo’s give you a better understanding and boost your inner power to achieve anything you want. This week I want to talk about..
the misconceptions of fruit. Losing weight in a healthy and responsible way starts with nutrition. Unfortunately this sounds more easy than it truly is, because what’s allowed and what’s not? And how much should you eat? When is the best time to eat something? And so on and so forth..
Ever since I’m a kid, my parents told me to eat fruit on a daily base. However, people who are on a “diet” go crazy on fruit as a healthy alternative to snack. Me = guilty! I used to be just like that. During my weight loss journey, I was convinced that fruit was the most healthy and low-calorie snack and thus could be eaten unlimited. So it’s true that fruit is healthy and extremely important to consume (low in calories, fiber-rich and consists of vitamins and antioxidants), but I found out the hard way that eating too many bananas and during the wrong day part can mess up your diet.
LESSON LEARNED #3: unlimited fruit = weight loss? WRONG!
Fruit can help you to eat healthy and keep track on your weight, however eating fruit unlimited (as an alternative for meals) is not helping at all. Personally, I perceived that I combined each meal with a piece of fruit and also my snacks got replaced by fruit. Truth is.. fruit sugars (fructose) can be harmful when it comes to body fat development.
In the morning it’s no problem to eat some fruit, because you can use the energy boost that it gives you. However, eating some fruit during the evening (because you think it’s ok to eat fruit for dessert) will give your body unnecessary fruit sugars. Moreover, fruit mainly consists of carbs and you don’t need these anymore at night – before you go to bed and do nothing for eight hours.. 😉
I learned that fruit is absolutely needed in a healthy lifestyle and highly recommended to consume each day (best consumed whole, not processed), but: eating fruit limitless is not the key to your weight-loss.
How much fruit should we eat?
I can imagine your questioning now how much you should eat then? The amount of fruit is depending on your personal energy threshold. For me it’s enough to eat 1 piece of fruit in the morning and I prefer to eat 1 banana in the morning before my workout. That’s all, that’s it 🙂
Will you tell me how much fruit you eat? And which fruit do you like the most? Please let me know in the comment section below girls!