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How to lose weight: Avoid fruit!

Published on October 24, 2012,

The Diet Doctor is publishing an excellent series of 17 blog posts on how to lose weight. Number 6 in the series is directed primarily at women and addresses the issue of fruit – something seen by conventional wisdom as the very embodiment of healthy eating but in reality fruit is full of sugar and therefore not much different in composition to a sugary soft drink. This is from the Diet Doctor…

English: Fruit stall in a market in Barcelona,...

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This is a tip that goes for men as well, of course, but eating fruit is a more common obstacle for women trying to lose weight.

This advice is controversial as fruit has an almost magical health aura today. People may believe that fruit is nutritious but unfortunately fruit contains a lot of sugar – around 10% by weight (the rest is mostly water). Just taste an orange or a grape. Sweet, right?

Five servings of fruit per day is equivalent to the amount of sugar in 16 ounces of soda (500 ml). Contrary to what many people believe the sugar is more or less identical (about 50% glucose, 50% fructose).

Sugar from fruit can shut down fat burning. This can increase your hunger and slow your weight loss. For best results avoid fruit – or enjoy it occasionally as a treat.

Bottom line: Fruit is candy from nature.

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