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Monday, February 05, 2007

Is Fruit A No-No On A Low Carb Diet?

Is fruit a no-no on a low carb diet?

Many seem to think so because of the high sugar
content of most fruits. Personally, I like to eat fruit
as a part of a well balanced food plan.

The high protein shakes I drink at the gym (which
are truly fabulous!) are made with a banana and
pineapple juice. This goes back to including
excercise along with your low carb diet.

One of the top low carbers on the net, Jimmy Moore,
seems to agree that fruit IS an acceptable part of the

Here's an excerpt from one of his posts:

This Fredericksburg, VA-based Free-Lance Star column
about how important exercise is for the sake of brain
function included some rather lamebrained information
perpetuating the myths about fruit consumption when
you are livin' la vida low-carb that are obviously NOT
based on any low-carb program I am familiar with.

Here's the quote from the article:

Low-carb diets are all wrong. "It makes me crazy," the
medical expert in the story said, when his patients tell
him they can't eat fruit and vegetables because they're
on a low-carb diet. "Almost all the anti-aging nutrients
come from carbohydrates."

If somebody is telling their doctor they can't eat any
fruit at all because they are on a low-carb diet, then
apparently they haven't read any of the same low-carb
diet books that I have. Certainly, there are a few
high-sugar fruits that are not recommended for
low-carbers to consume, including bananas, raisins,
and even orange juice, especially during the weight
loss phases because they will kick you out of ketosis
just as fast as a sugary candy bar will.

I have blogged about some of my favorite low-glycemic
fruits such as yummy blueberries and strawberries as
well as melons and cantaloupes that have been and still
are an essential part of my Atkins low-carb lifestyle. It
makes me scratch my head in bewilderment whenever
people ask me if I eat fruit now that I've lost weight.
Um, I've been eating fruit throughout my low-carb
journey, so DUH!

Read the rest here.

As I've said many times before, a well balanced low
carb diet along with excercise and drinking
plenty of water is the key to sustained weight

BTW, I've been slacking at the gym lately but I'm getting
ready to return so I'll have some new updates soon.

Good luck to all!



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