If you’re getting started on a fat loss diet plan, one question that you may be asking yourself is whether or not fruit should be something that you have on your plan. You’ve likely heard before that fruit contains too much sugar and therefore should be avoided as sugar is one of the biggest enemies as far as fat loss is concerned.
But, the sugar in fruit is natural sugar so does this make it ‘okay’ as far as fat loss goes?
Let’s take a closer look into the fruit and fat loss picture so you can see for yourself precisely what this is all about.
The Calorie Content Of Fruit
The very first thing that you need to take into account when considering adding fruit to your diet plan is the calorie content found in fruit. Since weight loss does in fact come down to how many calories you take in versus how many calories you expend daily through your physical activity, calories will matter.
And fruit – it contains hardly any calories at all. One piece of fruit comes in around 70-100 calories or one cup of berries ranks in at 50-80. So as you can see, overall, it’s a very low calorie food.
Yes, you definitely do need to count those calories (unlike vegetables, which can be considered a ‘free’ food on most diet plans), but still, you’d have to eat a lot of fruit for it to really add up.
The Nutrient Content Of Fruit
The second thing to consider is the nutrient content in fruit. While fruit does contain that natural fruit sugar, it’s also loaded in dietary fiber and contains tons of antioxidants that will prevent the damage caused by free radicals in the body.
For this reason, skipping fruit is simply not the best strategy as far as your long-term health promotion is concerned.
Fruit will help to support a healthy immune system and prevent disease so really should be consumed regardless of what diet you happen to be on.
The Sugar Content In Fruit
Finally, last but not least you must consider that sugar content. One important thing to note about fruit is that it’ll contain half fructose and half glucose. These two forms of sugar are handled differently by the body with fructose being sent to the liver while glucose is sent to the blood stream.
Fructose being shuttled to the liver won’t increase blood glucose levels at all then, so this means fruit won’t cause that energy high and low like other sugar would.
In many dieter’s having their fructose glycogen stores fill slightly (the storage form of fructose in the liver) is going to help to decrease the sensation of hunger as they go about their diet, so that too provides a key benefit and reason for adding fruit back into your fat loss plan.
So there you have some of the important facts to note about fruit and your fat loss diet. As long as you moderate your serving sizes you definitely can make fruit a part of your day.