Weight Loss Support - Fruit my trigger???
07-25-2013, 11:36 PM
It seems like I can't eat fruit like a normal person. If I take a bite, I end up eating 2-3 of the same (peaches, mangos, etc) i can't even get close to cherries or strawberries because I could eat a whole pound (and them some)
The problem is not eating so much fruit, the problem is that it opens my appetite (maybe all the carb and sugar overload) and it sends me straight to a bad eating day.
Sadly, I decided to cut them out, since I cannot have them in moderation.
Anyone else with this problem???
07-26-2013, 12:02 AM
I'm not sure if my problem is similar or not. If I don't put my fruit in a measuring cup or in portion controlled baggies, then I can't be trusted to just eat enough and stop. However, once I get my portion then I log it in as my calories and I'm very careful with my calories so I make sure not to go over.
If you know that fruit is not something you can control then it's not the worst thing because you can still get lots of vitamins and antioxidents from veggies.
You might try pairing a fruit with a protein to see if that helps. So, have apple with a string cheese or have peaches after you've had some cottage cheese or an egg. If that doesn't help, then perhaps you just have to give them up for a while and try again some day.
07-26-2013, 12:20 AM
I'm sure it's the sugar in them. It's probably causing your glucose levels to spike and then quickly fall, and in turn causing you to become hungry in an effort to raise your blood sugar again. As you put it, it opens your appetite. I'm trying a diet right now called the Slow Carb Diet, and it cuts out fruit, except for on one cheat day a week. Maybe you could set up one day a week to indulge in fruit and stay away from it on the other days.
07-26-2013, 12:27 AM
luckymommy: I tried that, but I go back for seconds (or thirds, fourths lol ) fruit has so little calories that its not a huge impact for me. 1lb of strawberries has ONLY 146 calories. So loggin my calories and seeing the number is not really something that works at the moment :(
Jacqui_D: I do think it's the sugar. I might do that "once a week" thing, because I really love them, but they make me crave/eat bad things afterwards.
07-26-2013, 12:30 AM
I personally can handle fruit, but I definitely know multiple people who fruit is a trigger. In the same way that sugar can be a trigger, sugars from fruits can also be a trigger.
07-26-2013, 01:41 AM
It's one of the many reasons I switched from calorie counting/Paleo to true low carb. Fruit isn't benign for me - I love it, have a hard time controlling portions, and am hungry too soon after eating it. So I do well on a plan that eliminated it and then reintroduces small, controlled quantities.
I can get antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins another way, with a lot less sugar!
07-26-2013, 02:31 AM
I'm fine with fruit.... In fact ive added it back with no problems... I blend all sort or whole fruit and veggies in my vitamix and I'm fine... I also juice as well... And I have no problems... But I prefer using the vitamix... It really is amazing...
07-26-2013, 07:53 AM
Fruit isn't so much a trigger for me - in fact it's been an essential part of my process - but everyone is different in this regard, and I think you'll find that more people are like you than you might think. Arctic Mama mentioned above that she has trouble controlling herself with fruit, and I think kaplods is another who has mentioned this kind of issue.
It's just another example of how no "diet tip" or control tactic will work for everyone - we each have to do the science experiment on our own bodies and figure out what works. Try to do this without adding in value judgments like "I'm not normal" or "I just have no self control."
I have a similar problem with nuts. Many people find almonds are a wonderful on-plan food, so packed with fiber and nutrients as to be extremely satisfying and hence easy to eat in controlled portions. Not I. If I start eating almonds, I can. Not. Stop. It's not "not normal," it's just how my body works. I had to learn it the hard way (over and over).
07-26-2013, 08:37 AM
Carter- I have similar issue with nuts, we used to always have mixed nuts, figuring decent lower carb s ack, until you keep going back for another and another handful.
Good point about everyone's body working differently.
Cielo-I'm wondering if you've looked into the glycemic index at all, if maybe different fruits cause same symptoms, like blueberries same as bananas.
Years ago WW had you look at your reaction to different foods and I'd them as red light, yellow, green, based on whether you can control your eating of them. This would help you have a strategy for those foods, such as not having in the house or only having on a special occasion.
The point I'm trying to make is that it's good you're identifying a trouble area and trying to come up with a strategy. I'm going to relook my triggers and make sure I have a plan for them.
07-26-2013, 08:38 AM
We had to stop buying a certain type of granola bar because DH couldn't stop eating them!
07-26-2013, 11:38 AM
I only eat fruit once a day, and usually only during work days (M-F). I pack one portion at night along with my lunch, and that way I can't go back for more.
07-26-2013, 11:47 AM
At one point, I was using fruit to quell the munchies so I was eating a lot of fruit per day. Now I've been able to step back and realize what I'm doing, I am much more moderated about fruit. I've even had to throw some fruit out because I forgot it was there, or didn't fit it in on enough days.
So although for the last 2-3 years, I would've described myself as a fruit addict, I've broken that in the last few months.
07-26-2013, 02:20 PM
I have a hard time with fresh, local summer fruit. But, like you said, its low calorie -- 3 small peaches is only 150+ calories -- and the seasons are so short, that I just give in to it. I try to tell myself that it's not like the orchard is going to run out of peaches, there will be more when I need to buy them later this week. But it doesn't always work.
07-26-2013, 02:53 PM
Thanks all of you for your replies. It's nice to see that I am not alone in this :)
mandypandy2246: I agree! Sugar is sugar. I am not a sweet person, but fruit is my weakness.
Arctic Mama: same here. I eat tons of fruit and then I get hungry right away, and I usually crave/want refined carbs.
TripSwitch: I tried smoothies, same effect but more calories :-/
kelijpa: all fruits do this to me. Almonds also do this to me, but one time I ate so many almonds and penaut butter that now I can hardly have any, they kind of grossed me out... Too bad it doesn't happen with fruit
Munchy: I'm a SAHM with two girls that also love fruit, and I much rather them eating fruits than cookies or candy during the day, so I have to have them at home at all times.
nelie: I am hoping is just a phase and I will get better.
newleaf123: I know!!! I am a peach addict! Haha and yes, they are so delicious and have so little calories that I almost want to say "f it! Lets have some more" but I have notice that if I eat one fruit (or two) my day gets harder and I usually end up giving up... Crazy!
07-26-2013, 03:00 PM
For me I find if I have been doing good and avoiding starchy carbs that fruit is just yummy and refreshing, but if i have been doing bad on carbs it triggers me to want other (junky) sweet things.
07-27-2013, 01:21 AM
Add me to the 'fruit is a trigger' group! Peaches, grapes, any fruit with a high-ish glycemic index is difficult for me. I try to avoid them, but stick with berries or apples if it's unavoidable/I feel like having it period.
07-27-2013, 02:04 AM
I totally have this problem. The fact that they are lower in calories doesn't seem to help, my body reacts to the natural sugar in fruit the same as any other carbs and I totally binge
I am amazed that some plans such as WW regard fruit and vegetables as the same. I'm never tempted to binge on veggies.
07-27-2013, 03:35 PM
TripSwitch: I tried smoothies, same effect but more calories :-/
I've actually been able to pretty much remove all the fruit from the smoothies I've been blending up... So kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, parsley and maybe a few slices of apple or a 1/4 of a frozen banana for just a hint of sweetness.... also I've experimented with adding a little bit of various non caloric sweetners with little or no fruit, just veggies and the results have been pretty good... So it works out to only about 100 to 150 calories, plus 5 or 6 servings of veggies for the day and all the fiber.... So definitely a lot less calories than fruit smoothies and they don't seem to trigger cravings for more fruit for me....
07-29-2013, 02:54 PM
I have this problem. Not only do I eat too much fruit but it also seems to trigger cravings for other forms of carbs and I just overeat period. I seem to do better if I limit carbs of all types, including fruit. It's hard, though.
07-29-2013, 05:23 PM
Grapes eaten in between meals have my belly growling in less than an hour. (low calorie, low carb, low fat)