Getting Yourself Slim…With Fruit!
It’s been a paradox to me about fruit. On one side we have so many people, professionals, nutritionists, trainers and now celebrities (a la ‘I Quit Sugar’ by an Australian TV presenter) that fruit is baaaad. Fruit is not something to be eating if you want to get fit and fruit can ruin all your training. On the other side, you have many people in the raw food & vegan communities, along with many health care professionals saying that we should be eating 4 pieces of fruit a day and that it will help to get you into your skinny jeans.
No wonder we are all confused! Myself included.
The only way to truly know what works for your body and what doesn’t is when you try things out and see what happens. However, I would like to tell you from my personal experiences that fruit is a wonderful thing to have in your diet and can truly help to keep cravings at bay and will help you to get trim, fit, and shed those excess pounds.
So what’s the secret with fruit?
Yes fruit is high in sugar. It can also be high in carbohydrates. These are scary words to people. Think about it in a different light though- if you are still drinking alcohol, you are having more sugar than what’s in fruit and none of the benefits; this adds to weight gain. And if you are wanting to burn calories when working out, a piece of fruit is one of the best pre-workout snacks.
Here is Nikki’s Nutritional Nuggets about fruit:
- Low Glycemic Index fruits are ones that are 50 or below on the scale. These include berries, apples, pears, and peaches. These are the best fruits to eat on a daily basis.
- Pineapples help to relieve arthritis while blueberries protect your heart and mangos protect against various forms of cancer.
- Fruits such as apples, pears, avocados, berries, oranges, and dried fruits are all high in fiber which help to keep you full for longer and add bulk to your colon, preventing constipation.
- Frozen bananas blended is an amazing alternative to ice cream and helps to keep sugar cravings at bay.
For myself, I started eating fruit in unlimited amounts to get off junk food and sugary pastries. I told myself that I could have whatever fruit I wanted, whatever time of day, as long as it was when I was craving something sweet. Within two weeks all I wanted was fresh fruits and now I love making watermelon bowls, smoothies with fruit and my cravings have mostly disappeared (I’m still human!).
When to eat fruit to burn fat?
I recommend eating it first thing in the morning in a green smoothie. This way you are getting in veggies, fruit and giving yourself natural energy for the day. Try to avoid having fruit later in the day as it can ferment in your stomach after a meal making you feel bloated and overly full. If you are working out after work, a banana is a perfect snack as it contains high amounts of easily digestible sugar which will fuel you to maximize your session.
I hope this has helped to clear up a bit of the fruit myth. As always, play with your diet and see what works for you. I personally now eat fruit 1-2 times a day; everyday!