I'm trying to lose weight, and though I've just been having a fresh pressed juice in the morning, I'm afraid it's stalling my weight. I was trying to get the benefits of raw kale etc, but I'm not sure it's worth it.
I usually juice 1 apple, 4 medium carrots, 2 celery stalks, half a cucumber, 1 large kale leaf, and 1 large collard green leaf.
Has anyone had a positive experience switching from fruit in the morning to meat like bacon and turkey? (I have an allergy to eggs and they don't fill me up) Although I don't believe carbs are evil anymore as long as they're good carbs, I do still think that there's something to be said about not raising your insulin at all in the morning (possibly allows more fat burning?) I'm wondering if eating fruit in the morning is stopping the fat burning process for a good portion of the day. My plan is to switch to bacon and turkey or something at breakfast, workout before dinner, and eat some potatoes/rice (since I feel better with carbs) ?
Thanks in advance for comments!
asked byAmber_7 (753)
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on March 15, 2013
at 02:41 AM
I think one of the most important dietary changes I made when going Paleo was to start having zero-carb, high protein breakfasts. Before that I was eating sugary or starchy foods for breakfast and i think i was getting an insulin surge first thing in the morning, which led to weight gain and an energy roller coaster all day long.
These days I eat mostly eggs for breakfast, maybe with some smoked salmon or avocado, and coffee with whole cream and no sugar. This really makes a huge difference for me in terms of energy and mood, and it controls my appetite so that I am hungry but not starving at lunch.
on March 14, 2013
at 07:20 PM
You just described drinking juice, not eating fruit. Juice is more like soda, than it is like fresh fruit. Don't fret about including a juiced fruit in a larger dish (e.g. lime juice in guacamole), but simply do not drink your meals, and especially avoid sugary drinks like soda, juice, "power ades", etc. Liquids do not trigger levels of satiety as high as solid foods, and mega doses of sugar often cause actual health issues for people and not just stalled weight loss.
Personally, I often have small serving of fruit at breakfast. I experimented with cutting fresh fruit nearly out of my diet, but I find that certain fruits really help with my digestion and overall health (if not weight maintenance via those routes). I mainly eat strawberries and pineapple when I eat fruit. This small serving of fruit is usually alongside some sort of meat, fish, or eggs.
So, don't let me bring you down too much, but really consider not drinking your food. Fruit, in my humble opinion, can be part of a healthy diet, but it may not be for everyone, so find out what works for you.