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Can you eat fruit and still lose weight?

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Can you eat fruit and still lose weight?

When it comes to dieting and losing weight, we know that in order for fat loss to occur, we need to be in an overall calorie deficit. There are many different types of diets that you can follow in order to see fat loss, but no matter what diet plan you choose, you will need to be in a calorie deficit across the board. When you are in a calorie deficit and your intake continues to drop, a key factor to be aware of when deciding what fuel to put inside your body is nutrient deficiencies. Eliminating fruit can create great deficiencies.

Although consuming high quantities of sugar can have a negative impact on your health and overall weight-loss journey, consuming the right kinds of sugar can actually have a positive impact. Fruit contains a variety of nutrients that will provide your body will so many benefits. Not only does fruit contain fiber that is essential for healthy digestion and satiety, but fruit also contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that you may not be getting from other foods.

Unlike sugary baked goods, fruit is going to be fiber-filled, which means that it will take longer to break down and slows the rate at which sugar is absorbed into the blood stream. Fruit is also lower in overall calories then other sugary treats, so by replacing those treats with fruit, you will also be saving on overall calories and will most likely be able to stick to your diet better. The fiber will also increase satiety, which in turn can stop you from reaching for more food since you will be staying fuller for longer. When you are constantly consuming more food that is keeping you out of a calorie deficit, which we know is essential for overall fat loss.

Fruit also contains essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are key ingredients for your overall health. For example limonene, which is found in oranges, has amazing benefits. Limonene is an incredible antioxidant that can suppress appetite and aid in weight loss, it has cancer-fighting properties, improves cholesterol, has anti-inflammatory properties, and can help improve sleep. Potassium, folate, vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium are also a few key vitamins and minerals which are present in fruit.

This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface, but as you can see, there are so many health benefits fruit can provide for your body and your weight-loss journey.

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Tara Carlton

ISSA certified personal trainer, bikini competitor, nutrition coach, posing instructor, and competition prep coach for ADOFitness.

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