Do I Have to Give Up Fresh Fruits to Lose Weight?
Maybe you’ve heard someone say they’ve given up eating fruit because it contains sugar. Do you really need to give up tasty, fresh fruits to lose weight? Well, let’s look at the truth. Yes, fruits do have carbohydrates, but they’re also packed with minerals, vitamins, and fiber. Fruit won’t sabotage your weight loss results, and eating fresh fruits can help you keep your sweet tooth in check while ensuring you get essential nutrients.
Keep the Serving Sizes Reasonable
Since some fruits have a higher amount of sugar, you don’t need to nix fruits from your diet. Keep the serving sizes reasonable, shooting for a serving size that has 15 grams or carbs or less. Some examples of fruit servings that have around 15 grams of carbs include:
- ¾ cup of chopped pineapple
- ½ of a medium banana
- ½ a large grapefruit
- 1 ¼ cup watermelon
- 1 small apple
- ½ cup of mango
- 1 cup of raspberries
- ½ pear
- ¾ cup of blackberries or blueberries
- 1 peach
- 12 fresh cherries
Realize Fruits Aren’t “Free” Foods
Some people make the mistake of thinking that fruits are “free” foods, meaning that they can eat as much as they want. Unfortunately, you can’t eat as much of you want of fruit if you want to see weight loss results. While fruit is a great addition to your diet, fruit contains carbs and calories. As with most foods, sticking to reasonable portion sizes is essential when enjoying your favorite fruits.
Fruits offer great nutrients that you need in your menu plan, and many contain filling fiber, which can help you reach your weight loss goals. You don’t have to give up fruit to lose weight. Simply be aware of your portion sizes and you can (and should) enjoy fruit regularly. If you want to learn more healthy eating tips and get your own personalized menu plan, contact us at Metabolic Research Center today for your free consultation.
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