Weight loss - fruits, nuts, and carbs?,Weight Loss - fruits, nuts, and carbs?

Answered on December 15, 2013
Created November 12, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Hi, 21 year old female college student here with a few questions regarding paleo fat loss. I'm a celiac and lactose intolerant for life so before even knowing what paleo was I was roughly following the "diet" already. 2months ago I decided to clean up my diet even more to make it 100% paleo. My main goal is overall well being and fat loss. I'm 5'5 and weigh 125lbs, which by no means is fat, but I carry ALL my weight in my midsection and it's not a pretty sight. I'm having issues with committing to a high fat diet due to years of "fat is bad" brainwashing but am trying to incorporate it more. As of now my diet consists mostly of: medium fat, high protein, low carb diet. ( I know nothing of carbs and starches and had to look it up previous to posting this). My diet looks a lot like this

Meats : beef, chicken, fish (trying to add more variety in here)

Veggies: broccoli, coliflour, eggplant, squash, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, spinach, chard, carrots etc..

Fruits: mostly apple, banana, all berries, pineapple

Nuts: almonds

Oils: coconut/olive

& eggs.

I basically never eat potatoes or white rice (no appeal I guess) and I follow the above diet strictly.

My biggest fallback? I LOVE fruits, nuts, and honey. Those are my cravings and I think my issue. I'm planning on cutting back greatly on fruits and nuts for weight loss.


- how often to consume fruits?

-if I do, which fruits are best? Which are worst?

- same with nuts? How often and which ones?

- why are nuts bad? I though high fat = good. Nuts=fat what's the problem?

-thoughts on honey? I can't stay away from it!

-best low carb veggies?

-are starches good or bad? If bad, which paleo approved starches to avoid?

-aren't carrots high in sugar? What's all the rave about them? Should I stay away?

Any other tips or tricks to getting lean would be very appreciated and I'm a runner so I do exercise 5 times a week.

Thank you!!



on December 13, 2013
at 03:32 PM

Oils & grease.....blasphemy! =o)

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on December 15, 2013
at 09:33 PM

I consume a portion a fruit (usually berries) maybe 2 to 3 times a week in a smoothie or plain if i crave them. I try to keep the carb low because i don't get crazy sugar cravings. About nuts, i consume a portion to two portions daily, i mainly consume almonds and cashews, they're my favorite. I try to keep nut butters out of my pantry because i can't control myself around them, especially almond butter.


on December 13, 2013
at 07:24 AM

Carbs have been given a bad rap, but the body needs them. If you really want to reduce your weight, the way to go is:

1) EXERCISE ((change up levels of intensity and exercises to build lean muscle))

2) drink water and electrolites ((Although, don't gulp down that gatorade too often. Your body doesn't need that much sodium.))

3) Cut out lipids from your diet. ((Oils, nuts, grease, etc.))



on December 13, 2013
at 03:32 PM

Oils & grease.....blasphemy! =o)



on November 12, 2013
at 09:57 PM


"Why are nuts bad?"

Short answer: they're not — in moderation and properly prepared.

Long answer:

  • They're high in calories. This affects some people more than others.
  • Except for macadmia nuts, they're high in inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids. Check nutritiondata.com for details.
  • The skins of nuts (except for macadmia nuts) contain anti-nutrients: protease inhibitors (so you can't break down the protein) and phytates, which bind to certain minerals, such as magnesium and zinc.

To deactivate the protease inhibitors, you need to soak the nuts overnight. To remove the phytates, you have to then slip off the skins (which is hard for walnuts). To make the nuts crunchy again, you need to dehydrate them, either in an oven or a dehydrator. That's a lot of time and energy to eat nuts.



on November 12, 2013
at 09:08 PM

You may be at a good set point for your body, and find weight loss difficult low carb or no.

A low carb diet would mean no honey, very little fruit. Choose low glycemic fruits like berries in moderation--a handful every few days, not daily. Bananas and pineapple have high glycemic loads.

Best non-starchy veggies are virtually any above ground veggies. Yes, carrots and onions are sweet but they grow below ground and have carbs that must be considered. Small amounts are fine, but eating a load of carrots is not.

Starches are high in carbs. There's opinions all over the board about starches and "safe starches" and "resistant starches" (see Mark Sisson's most recent post about resistant starches). You can try them and see how they work for you. A true low carb diet would forgo the starches.

Clearly running is not helping you meet your weight goals. If you enjoy it, that's fine. But add in some higher intensity sprints and resistive exercises (a little is better than a lot) to encourage your muscles to use the insulin your body makes.

There's a crossover between celiac and diabetes, so it's good to understand how your metabolism responds to the foods you eat.

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