Nutrition: Does fruit make you fat?

Nutrition: Does fruit make you fat?

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Fruit does not make you fat.

Fruitarians know it. Elite runners know it. Jason Ferruggia knows it.

“Angel, I know someone whose body changed dramatically when she stopped eating fruit. Now, her body is sick!!!”

I believe you.

Many people have lost weight after eliminating fruit from their diet. The key is the elimination, not the source. If you decrease your intake by 500 calories of fruit, you will lose weight. If that 500 calorie deficit comes from a different food group, you will still lose weight. There are also crucial unknowns. What are the genetics of this person? What other changes were made, re: workouts, etc.? Don’t blame fruit for your fat.

Fruit is not the enemy.

Now, if fruit causes blood sugar issues, allergic reactions, or narcolepsy, then, yes, you should avoid it. (One time I ate a bunch of watermelon and  woke up three hours later not knowing what happened, or why there were seeds on my face. This will happen again. I love watermelon.)

If you are avoiding fruit for weight loss reasons, you don’t have to.

Fruit does not make you fat.

Show me a lean person who doesn’t eat fruit and I’ll show you a lean person that does.

End the unnecessary suffering. Go eat a crate of strawberries.

5 Replies to “Nutrition: Does fruit make you fat?”

  1. @Ginny. Exactly! The times when I gained extra weight, it was never because of fruit. It was because of two people: Ben and Jerry.

  2. Angel I love you! I’ve loved you for almost 15 years now. I TOO love watermelon!

    Loved the post!

    Now where are those strawberries???

  3. Such a great post! I know a personal trainer who thinks bananas are evil. I must admit that I am a wee bit more concerned about my dessert consumption than my banana consumption.