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Fruit for breakfast- 'Fit for life' theory


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Hi Folks,

I read in 'Fit for life' that its good to eat only fruit for breakfast. I would like to know if anyone has tried this approach and has lost a lot of weight.
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I used to do fruit for breakfast...only problem is that it doesn't keep me full for very long.

I eat about 6 different types of fruit- apple, mango, sapota, pineapple,watermelon and cantaloupe. They make me very full at least till lunch.I eat breakfast at about 8 in the morning and lunch at about 1 in the afternoon. What quantity of fruit did you eat?

Long story short. Even fruits are high in fructose (this is the kind of sugar that is hard to break down, basically the natural form of the stuff in soda and other processed material). There is a recommended intake of fructose. Too much can be bad for you. So, everything in moderation.

You can read the last part of this article if you are not convinced: http://www.livestrong.com/article/4305-need-f it-life-diet/

"4. Fit for Life May Not Have a Leg to Stand On

If it all sounds too good to be true, it just might be. There is currently no scientific data that supports the claims of the Fit for Life Diet, as combining protein and carbohydrates leads to unhealthy digestion. Even the 1985 book by the Diamonds does not contain any studies to prove the principles behind the diet. Food combining has been used in dieting for over a hundred years with limited results.

5. Following Fit For Life Diet May Not Get You Fit For Life

In addition to being largely unproven, following the Fit for Life Diet may actually have some potential health risks. By restricting some foods, some nutritionists argue that you will not be getting all the proper nutrients your body needs while on this diet, resulting in vitamin deficiency. Such vitamins as B12 and D are limited as is zinc. While eating fruits and vegetables is important and healthy, the best diets are believed to be those that allow consumption of foods from all the food groups. "

Good luck~ And I hope you find a healthier method to losing weight

I don't eat breakfast... I'm trying to get leaner.

Do what you want though. 

I'm pretty sure you could eat steak and spaghetti for breakfast, and it wouldn't matter.  What matters is the foods you eat overall, averaged through the day, and not when.  Your body doesn't know it's 8:30, time to process some carbs, but NOT protein!

And I can't skip breakfast, 'cause I start feeling incredibly lethargic and exhausted if I do.

I don't understand.  Does this diet just tell you to eat fruits for breakfast?  Or fruit throughout the entire day?  If it's just fruit for breakfast, it doesn't sound too bad as long as you're eating other stuff for snacks, lunch, and dinner.

Some days, I will eat fruits/yogurt throughout the entire morning and afternoon.  Then go on a carb/protein fest for dinner.  I wouldn't really call it a diet, though.

Original Post by ds1973:

I don't eat breakfast... I'm trying to get leaner.

Do what you want though. 

 ^ I used this trick on my cutdown.. worked like a charm.

Original Post by vbeattie:

I'm pretty sure you could eat steak and spaghetti for breakfast, and it wouldn't matter.  What matters is the foods you eat overall, averaged through the day, and not when.  Your body doesn't know it's 8:30, time to process some carbs, but NOT protein!

And I can't skip breakfast, 'cause I start feeling incredibly lethargic and exhausted if I do.

 ^^This.  It doesn't matter when you eat what types of foods or what time you eat.  Eat balanced and eat when you're hungry, and you'll be fine.

Original Post by holdenc007:

Long story short. Even fruits are high in fructose (this is the kind of sugar that is hard to break down, basically the natural form of the stuff in soda and other processed material). There is a recommended intake of fructose. Too much can be bad for you. So, everything in moderation.

You can read the last part of this article if you are not convinced: http://www.livestrong.com/article/4305-need-f it-life-diet/

"4. Fit for Life May Not Have a Leg to Stand On

If it all sounds too good to be true, it just might be. There is currently no scientific data that supports the claims of the Fit for Life Diet, as combining protein and carbohydrates leads to unhealthy digestion. Even the 1985 book by the Diamonds does not contain any studies to prove the principles behind the diet. Food combining has been used in dieting for over a hundred years with limited results.

5. Following Fit For Life Diet May Not Get You Fit For Life

In addition to being largely unproven, following the Fit for Life Diet may actually have some potential health risks. By restricting some foods, some nutritionists argue that you will not be getting all the proper nutrients your body needs while on this diet, resulting in vitamin deficiency. Such vitamins as B12 and D are limited as is zinc. While eating fruits and vegetables is important and healthy, the best diets are believed to be those that allow consumption of foods from all the food groups. "

Good luck~ And I hope you find a healthier method to losing weight

LOVE!

here's an article I like that helps shed some light on the dangers of overconsumption of fructose

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/10-reasons-why- fructose-is-bad/

 

9) Cancer cells thrive and proliferate very well with fructose as their energy source.

I love fruit and all that, but if I eat simple carbs -- and only simple carbs -- for breakfast, I'm starving two hours later. I eat a high-protein breakfast because it satiates me for longer. (Eggs with veggies, cheese, and some turkey.) 

Even if I have a bowl of cereal and doctor it up to have the same calories as my protein breakfast, I'm still starving after a couple hours. Just sayin'.


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I usually eat an apple and peanut butter or a banana for breakfast. Maybe a yogurt. I like to eat something, but not something to large as I prefer to save cals for dinner, haha. But I can also take my lunch basically whenever I want so if I get hungry sooner I can go get something. It works for me, but I've never been a big breakfast kind of person. But I don't think I eat anywhere near the recommendations of "fit for life." IMO, that would be killer expensive...

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Opinion only here, or rather my personal experience.  I can't do sweets for breakfast. Any type, cereals, fruits, honey, yogurt...they trigger my cravings for sweets the rest of the day and I'm starving all day also.  I typically eat a multi grain flat bread with some eggs or egg beaters and sometimes beans, with light soy milk for breakfast. Keeps me satisfied 'til lunch time.  I'll add fruit later in the day, but never first thing.  Just my opinion, no science behind it. 

This is just my personal experience as well.  I usually eat only Papaya in the morning.  Papaya is high in potassium.  If I eat oatmeal  (which I love) or cereal it makes me hungry all day.  (For some reason, the papaya doesn't make me hungry). I also would rather "save" my calories for later in the day.  If I have more time in the morning I eat an egg beater and vegetable omelette.

 

Original Post by barnycat:

Opinion only here, or rather my personal experience.  I can't do sweets for breakfast. Any type, cereals, fruits, honey, yogurt...they trigger my cravings for sweets the rest of the day and I'm starving all day also.  I typically eat a multi grain flat bread with some eggs or egg beaters and sometimes beans, with light soy milk for breakfast. Keeps me satisfied 'til lunch time.  I'll add fruit later in the day, but never first thing.  Just my opinion, no science behind it. 

I hear you!!!  I find if I have anything "harder" on carbs than my plain Steel Cut Oats with milk and egg beaters for breakfast I just crave carbs all day long and usually in the form of sugars and bad carbs. 

I have a piece of fruit for my mid morning snack usually with a protein, apple and a spoonful of peanut butter or something like that.  I do not and will not eat yogurt - stuff grosses me out.  I also do not do cheese

Thank you all for your replies and opinions
Original Post by barnycat:

Opinion only here, or rather my personal experience.  I can't do sweets for breakfast. Any type, cereals, fruits, honey, yogurt...they trigger my cravings for sweets the rest of the day and I'm starving all day also.  I typically eat a multi grain flat bread with some eggs or egg beaters and sometimes beans, with light soy milk for breakfast. Keeps me satisfied 'til lunch time.  I'll add fruit later in the day, but never first thing.  Just my opinion, no science behind it. 

 Carbs spike the blood sugar and they say lead to cravings for more. And more. And more.

I find that to be true for myself. I don't do breakfast..never have been a breakfast person even as a kid.

If I were going to have something though, it would probably be a low carb protein shake, or a small omelet or something like that.

Protein with a bit of fat is probably more filling and for longer than a piece of sugar (fruit)

Complex, simple..a carb is a carb and your body doesn't actually process them differently, it simply takes a little longer for longer chains of sugars to break down.

I can't imagine an orange being all that filling.

Although I'm biased since I've done low carb for a long time now, I do notice my friends who complain about being tired by 11 AM are the ones who eat mainly carbs. Cereal, fruit, sugary yogurts, soda..they all look dead by 2 PM.

One of my friends finally decided to give low carb a try, and has dropped 18 pounds in less than a month, with probably another 30 to go, but it's the best success he's ever had and says he feels much better and loves the food choices he has.

I lost 23 within 3 months, and it's still gone after over a year, so.

Just sayin.

 

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