The 3 WORST Fruits For Fat Loss?
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
Fruit is a great way to promote better health.
It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, all of which help promote better health and wellness.
And, since fruit is low in calories and fat, it is a perfect addition (in combination with a lean protein) for boosting overall fat loss and weight loss.
Well, except for these three kinds of fruit…
Fruit and FAT Gain
Now, normally you would think of fruit as a PERFECT food for losing more fat.
Think about it….
It has fiber. Shown to curb appetite and normalize blood sugar.
It is low in calories. Perfect for those counting how many calories they are taking in.
And, it is full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This is perfect for lowering inflammation and allowing your fat to work FOR you rather than against you!
But, there are three types of fruit that may PROMOTE fat gain…
1. Fruit Juice
Normally, if you eat an apple, orange, grapes, or pears you are getting a piece of fruit that is low in calories, fat, and sugar.
And, the fruit is filled with fiber and other nutrients that are needed for increasing your fat loss.
However, when you turn your favorite fruit into a processed juice – like orange juice for example – then you now have transformed this fat-busting fruit into a fat-promoting fruit juice drink.
Fruit juice may have double – if not triple – the amount of calories in one small glass, than in the whole fruit alternative.
Plus, the fiber is stripped from the juice, leaving it a sugary, no good mess when it comes to fat loss.
Stick with natural juicing if you want a fresh glass of orange or apple juice in order to limit the amount of added sugar – which only promotes fat gain and NOT fat loss.
2. Dried Fruit
One great benefit of fruit is that it contains very high amounts of water – making it perfect for hydrating your body and leaving you feeling fuller for longer periods of time.
But what happens when you dry out your fruit? You lose a good majority of the water content, therefore leaving something that is higher in both sugar and calories.
So for those of you who pour dried fruit on your salads or in your shakes, keep in mind the amount of calories you are adding to your meal.
It may be the difference between losing, or GAINING, a pound or more of FAT.
3. In Muffins, Breads, and other Baked Goods
You may have had a muffin…
Or some banana bread…
But rest assured. These are NOT healthy for you!
Yes, they may have some sort of fruit in them, but they are still loaded with sugar, fat, and processed flour – all of which contribute to the bulge.
Just because it has some sort of fruit in it, does not make it a healthy food option!
If you want a muffin or some kind of bread, prepare the fruit-filled product at home using applesauce in place of the oil, an all-natural sweetener like Stevia, and whole-wheat flour in order to control calories and possibly boost your weight loss.
Skip These Three Fruit Sources
Although fruit is vital to any fat-loss program, the type of fruit you consume matters.
Whole fruit sources are low in calories and fat, and contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber, which are all necessary nutrients for boosting your fat loss.
Staying away from fruit juices, monitoring the amount of dried fruit you consume, and staying away from fruit-filled pastries and breads may make the different between a flat or flabby stomach.
In order to boost your fat loss, consider opting for the whole-fruit version – your butt, thighs, and abs will thank you later.
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