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Am I eating too much fruit?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 19, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Hello all!

New to paleo, in fact I'm one week in and loving it. Lost 4 lbs and my strength seems to be about the same.

Some background, I'm 30 6'2" 202lbs. Prior to paleo I followed a strict bodybuilding diet-- 250/300g protein 200+g of carbs (brown rice/oatmeal, etc).

Since the switch to paleo, the protein portion of the meal has been the same, however I have substituted the once complex carb with a generous portion of carrots, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and a banana(only in the morning). Is that too much fruit?

I am trying to stay lean, even drop 10lbs, but I do need to maintain strength.... Ideally even increase strength.

Interested to hear your input!

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on December 20, 2011
at 11:30 AM

drop the berries and get more calorie dense fruit(dates, oranges etc.) or drink juice

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on December 20, 2011
at 11:09 AM

My workouts include a 30mintue cardio session in the morning and then weight training 5 days a week. Weight Training would be your typical bodybuilding split.. I will admit, that I have kept my Whey Protein Shake for post-workout as well as a fast burning carb drink. Other than that, each meal contains roughly 8-10 baby carrots, 5-6 strawberries, 10+ blackberries, handful of blueberries. As i said, i'll throw a banana in for breakfast so I have a bit more energy for the gym.

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on December 20, 2011
at 11:04 AM

I would imagine you're right. I'm sure my overall carb intake has got to be under 150g even though im eating what seems to be a lot of fruit. I need to do some research on the overall carb content of the individual fruits

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on December 20, 2011
at 06:12 AM

For someone who lifts, that's probably not enough, actually.

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on December 20, 2011
at 06:12 AM

For someone who lifts, that's only not too much, it's probably not enough.

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on December 20, 2011
at 04:57 AM

@SlightlyReworded I'm 64 and you probably wouldn't call what I do now exercise--mostly brisk walks of 3-4 miles plus doing household activities as manually as possible. :-)) However, I ate fruit in exactly the same way when I was younger and extremely active in bicycling, hiking, aerobics and body sculpting. I have always preferred to exercise fasted, although in a 6-hour bike ride or hike I would snack once. I ate normal meals of meat, salad and fruit afterward.

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on December 20, 2011
at 04:49 AM

What's your exercise like? And do you time your fruit intake around workouts at all? I'm intrigued.

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on December 20, 2011
at 05:05 AM

Mmm.. fruits are yummy. Cordain says 55% calories from meat and all the fruits and veggies you can eat. Aim for the lower glycemic ones though and get a good variety. Berries are good but consider adding some cantalope/honeydew/watermelon, apple/pear/plum/peach, grapes/cherries, pineapple/mango/orange/kiwi/papaya, and that's pretty much all the common ones. Don't forget non-sweet fruits like avocado and squash.

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on December 20, 2011
at 12:04 AM

Your mileage may vary. I'd suggest monitoring your triglycerides. In my experience, one time a few years ago I went too far with the fruits and my triglycerides jumped WAY up.

Just a suggestion. Best of luck to you.

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on December 19, 2011
at 11:27 PM

I'd wait and see for a few weeks to get an idea of how your body is responding. Those are good fruits to be eating, but you may want to consider only eating them on workout days - the benefit for strength is in how much effort you are able to put in to the workout, which is heavily dependent on how well recovered you are. So a lot of it depends on everything else - how often you workout, which exercises, what else you're eating etc.

But it's very easy to get distracted by the details. See how you do, if you're not happy with bodyfat then see if you can maintain your activity level while eating less, or as Eric says try some veg carbs instead of fruit sometimes. And try and decide what is more important - staying lean or maintaining strength. You can go round in circles a lot otherwise.

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on December 19, 2011
at 11:05 PM

Berries are perfect. One Bannana is not going to hurt giving that you are working out. However maybe sub a sweet potato for a bannana every once in awhile.

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on December 20, 2011
at 03:17 AM

I'm not sure what you mean by "a generous portion" or whether you mean such a portion of each or the total--I'll assume you mean the total and I'd say you're fine.

I'm an average-height older woman and I eat at least a cup, sometimes 2, of fruit per day. I feel fabulous and in the past 8 months I have lost a lot of weight while eating that fruit.

Now, if you say you're having 4 cups or more per day I'd say you'd better tone it down a little but 1-2 cups, particularly of things like berries or grapefruit, is fine. I wouldn't have more than 1 piece of dense fruit, such as the banana or pineapple or apple.

Don't tell anyone, but I ate a lot of watermelon (now we're talking 4 cups at a time) last summer :O but I still lost weight.

9ffe43c6c5990ed710c7c49b12d6ee7f

on December 20, 2011
at 04:49 AM

What's your exercise like? And do you time your fruit intake around workouts at all? I'm intrigued.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 20, 2011
at 04:57 AM

@SlightlyReworded I'm 64 and you probably wouldn't call what I do now exercise--mostly brisk walks of 3-4 miles plus doing household activities as manually as possible. :-)) However, I ate fruit in exactly the same way when I was younger and extremely active in bicycling, hiking, aerobics and body sculpting. I have always preferred to exercise fasted, although in a 6-hour bike ride or hike I would snack once. I ate normal meals of meat, salad and fruit afterward.

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on December 20, 2011
at 11:09 AM

My workouts include a 30mintue cardio session in the morning and then weight training 5 days a week. Weight Training would be your typical bodybuilding split.. I will admit, that I have kept my Whey Protein Shake for post-workout as well as a fast burning carb drink. Other than that, each meal contains roughly 8-10 baby carrots, 5-6 strawberries, 10+ blackberries, handful of blueberries. As i said, i'll throw a banana in for breakfast so I have a bit more energy for the gym.

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