Fructose- The Evil SugarNo way you say, how could something in fruit make me fat? Doesn't fruit have a lot of vitamins/minerals, fiber and water to make it a healthy snack? I thought you were so adamant about whole foods, Brian?
Okay, hold the boat here a second. Let me explain to you in detail what I mean.
Way back in the mid 1990's while I was contemplating doing my first bodybuilidng contest, I was under the assumption that as long as I ate my fruit and veggies often I would develop into a lean machine. Fact is I was always thin, and thought I could NEVER gain bodyfat. So here I took out all the "junk" foods, and you guys know what they are and implemented more fruit. Soon after I began this process, I started to notice my body didn't change much, in fact my bodyfat went up a little. I was doing my aerobic and lifting weights constantly, but still little change.
Then one day, someone told me about a company called Parrillo Performance and that I should read this publication the person handed to me. Throughout the publication it discussed many articles on training and supplements and one on what do you know FRUIT, and how it's not good for someone who wants to lose bodyfat lbs. Shocked by the article, and how I deeesperately wanted to LOSE bodyfat lbs, (it was approaching summer), I had to give it a try.
Well, roughly 4-5 weeks later I noticed a difference in the way I looked. Tighter in the belly area, was the obvious difference just because I lowered greatly the amount of fruit in my diet. Now let me tell you the reason why, and give you some pointers. Fruit is made up of a simple sugar known as fructose. Bottom line is fructose doesn't convert to be used as a storage sugar efficiently like starchy carbs (rice oats, peas, corn) meaning it is easily converted to bodyfat. Who the heck wants that? I am not going into the biochemistry of enzymes and the like, it will quite frankly bore you. I am not saying it isn't healthy and nutritious for your body, but if YOU want to cut bodyfat and lean out reduce the fruit intake in your diet.
Tips and Suggestions on fruit:
1. Eat fruits that contain less fructose. (Pears, Granny smith apples, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, kiwi, Macintosh apples)
2. Avoid high-fructose based fruits for bodyfat loss (raisins, pineapple, watermelon, oranges)
3. The BEST time you can have ANY type of fruit is after of an hour of INTENSE exercise to replenish lost energy from muscles and liver, and to improve recovery for the next workout. Keep in mind you should have a serving or two of protein mix with that fruit.
4. Eat more of a variety of fibrous veggies, especially dark, green leafy veggies( broccoli, green beans, spinach, zucchini etc.), instead of fruit to get the same vitamin/mineral, fiber, and water benefit.
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