Monday, July 14, 2008

Fruit Makes You Fat?

Apparently I'm one of the few fitness experts who believes that you can eat as much fruit as you want and you won't get fat. Everyone else believes that fruit either makes you fat or stops you from losing weight.

I'll let you think about it and decide for yourself, but I've worked with thousands of people online and offline and I've never worked with one single person who has ever had a fat problem because of the fruit they ate.

I don't care what anyone else says about eating fruit and gaining fat, my answer doesn't change.
As you can see from my photo, I'm not having a fat problem with 6-10 servings of fruit per day.

If you are an average person who needs to lose fat, you can eat fruit. 10 servings a day if you want.

If you want to be a bodybuilder on-stage, I'll admit, I have no idea how much fruit you can eat. But as for the other 99.999% of the world, you can eat all the cherries you want, that ain't causing you to gain weight.

Now some folks don't like the fact that I'm disagreeing with other fitness experts. In fact, most of my readers want every fitness expert to agree with every other fitness expert.

But why would we?

I challenge anyone to show me any industry in the world where everyone agrees. Why should fitness be any different?

No one can agree on...

The best way to invest money

The best religion

The best interpretation of bible verses

The best political party - or even the best candidate in each party

The best real estate strategy

The best wedding dress style

The best American Idol contestant

The best shirt to wear with your new pants

There is no agreement on any of these. Everyone has their own personal bias. And even the devil can quote scripture for his purpose.

The reason why people think fruit makes you fat is because stupid bodybuilding magazines have said this for so long...The same magazines that said you need to do cardio on an empty stomach at 5:30am to lose fat. So it's up to you if you want to trust them.

I'm choosing to disagree.

Fruit does not make you fat.


Anonymous said...

While I am a raw vegan myself, and do eat fruit... I do so in moderation. If you continue to eat excessive simple carbohydrates in mass consumption (more calories in than out) then yes, your body will convert those simple sugars to fat. I am living proof. My diet mostly consisted of fruits with greens/vegetables at the end of my day. I weighed 130 when I first started doing this (over 9 months ago) and I still weigh 130 today with a higher percentage of body fat. I am incredibly athletic doing marine-style intensity workout, weight training and regular cardio activities. Before starting (when my diet was higher in nuts, seeds, avocados) my body fat % was 8.2%. After nine months of mostly fruit my weight stayed exactly the same but my body fat % went up to 13.1%. It mostly happened below my chin and around my mid section - which is certainly noticeable in your picture as well. I'm not saying fruit is bad - it's not. I love it and because of it's phytonutrients, antioxidants, it's ability to give you a quick burst make it a food you absolutely want in your diet. Over do it; however, and yes your body fat % will rise, your gums, over time, will have recession, your hair will begin to thin and fall out and your moods will become quite unstable at times (especially if your EFA % is lower than 20-30% - 10 is too low for most people unlike popular belief with 80/10/10 by doctor D. Graham). I am living proof. I ate a very diverse selection of fruit but it was the culprit of my body fat % increase. By limiting my consumption to 2-3 servings and increasing more healthy sprouted grains (buckwheat, millet, quoina, etc.) with plenty of greens, increased EFA and tons of vegetables, that % is decreasing every week. Plus - the hair falling out has stopped, the recession in my gums has stopped and my moods have stabilized. Therefore, in closing, your opinion is appreciated and respected, though I assure you, in the long run excessive consumption of fruit will have detrimental effects. Yours in good health,


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fruits are helping me to lose weight and they are reducing the acne in my face. they are not making me fat.

frankietuesday said...

im vegetarian. 23 female 5ft2 51 kilos. recently i decided to eat more fruit... i love it, its natural guilt free food. Your body breaks it down amazingly. It knows what it is! and it has no additives that you cant pronounce soo its good! everybody eat it. If you eat too many calories you will get fat - obviously, everbody knows that. ive been slowly omitting other foods like cooked carbs... eating more fruit and hey presty ive lost 3 kilos. goal weight is 45 kilos so 6 kilos to go which means one wonderful thing... more fruit less everything else and im totally cool with it.
you clearly know what you talking about because your body is amazing.

so kudos for the fruit love.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more! Im a 31 y/o male, for ears I mostly ate a diet very high in protein, whole grain and some veggies. I had a great body but it was hard to keep up. I stopped exercising and starting eating basically whatever. Over a year I gained 15lbs. Unhappy with my body and uninspired by my previous protein diet I decided to ignore all the BS about fruit and just decided to eat all the fruit and veggies I wanted, no holding back. Pineapple, bananas, mangos you name it. I tell you... after 2 months I lost all 15lbs and more! Is the fastest i have ever lost weight. Friends were even asking me what I was doing, assuming I was starving myself. Truth is, I was eating like a pig!

Fruit does not make you fat.

Adam Hintzman said...

Certain quantities of fruit (and beyond) will, indeed, increase your body fat. Fructose (the natural sugar found in fruit) refills liver glycogen, which aids in the transportation of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc to the rest of the body. A very small amount of fructose will do this. If you eat too much fructose (doesn't take much), you will overflow your liver glycogen. When this happens, every carb taken in, until the overflow is taken care of, will be immediately stored as fat instead of being used as energy by the body. This is why 1 of the 3 major things fitness freaks who have to cut for competitions and/or modeling stay away from while in their cutting phase is FRUIT (the other 2 are dairy and bread). Yes, I was a competitive bodybuilder and realize 99.99999% of people aren't looking to get down to 2% bodyfat for a single day to go on stage and show every muscle fiber possible in their body. However, it works for the average person too if they want to trim fat. If you want to just "lose weight," then that's easy. Eat whatever the hell you want... just make sure you're burning more calories per day than you're consuming. By doing this and not having a real plan, you'll probably end up being "skinny fat." I can't tell you how many people I've performed a body fat test on who are 120 pounds and 35% bodyfat. Forget BMI. I don't care what weight you are... If you're 35% body fat, you're freaking fat. The key to being healthy is nutrition and knowing how your body breaks down and utilizes what you're taking in. Sorry to burst your bubble, fruit lovers. The good news (like stated above): If you don't care about being toned at all and you're just infatuated with seeing a certain number on the scale (which is kind of useless), then eat all the fruit you want!

To the author of the original post, congrats on your amazing genetics/metabolism. Most peoples' bodies will not react this way to "10 servings" of fruit.

Anonymous said...

Eating 95% of my calories as fruit I lost 20 - 25 lbs of fat and fluids within the first 3 weeks, and I'm at <8% body fat. I've been eating this way for over 6 months now and find it nearly impossible to gain weight.

There's a whole world of people out there doing this, too. We follow Doug Graham's 80/10/10 diet, or something close to it.

As long as you keep your fat intake very low (easy to do eating tons of fruit) and keep your calorie consumption aligned with your activity level, fruit will keep your body fat
ultra-low (1 digit for men, lower teens for women).

There's even a guy offering $10,000 prize for anyone who can get fat eating only fruit. It just doesn't happen. Don't believe theories, just google 'fruitarian' and try to find one single person who's fat from eating just fruit.

The problem is that since fruit is very low in calories compared to most of our standard food choices, most people who try to eat a lot of fruit find themselves calorie-deficient at the end of the day, and end up overloading on fats or starches.
Starving yourself during the day then gorging on fatty or starchy foods just before bed WILL make you fat, that's a fact.