Most of us consider fruit to be healthy – something that we can enjoy without restraint. And while fresh fruit does contain essential vitamins, minerals and fibre, the market place has been flooded with “fruit products” that are sabotaging your fat loss results.
Is any product with the word “fruit” in the name a valid way to meet your fruit quota? Nope. Here’s what we mean:
Problem Fruit #1: Juice
Fresh fruit juice can be wonderful. It has great flavour, great colour, and good amounts of important vitamins and minerals. At least it does when it is actually fruit juice. Unfortunately, many drinks labeled as fruit juice, contain a very low amount of actual fruit juice. For these hardly-fruit fruit juices, sugar and water make up the bulk of the contents, robbing you of the important benefits of all-natural fruit juice and leaving you primed and ready to fill your fat cells.
Always keep fruit juice indulgences to a minimum, as even the fruit-only kind is loaded with simple sugars.
Problem Fruit #2: Fruit-Filled Desserts
Lots of desserts are based around fruit. Cheesecake, pie, and crumble just to name a few. Though most of these desserts are unhealthy, there are a few healthy fruit-based desserts to enjoy. Fruit parfait and fruit sorbet are usually lower in sugar and calories than most desserts. So if you just can't resist going for pudding, restrict the damage by going for these lower calorie options.
Problem Fruit #3: Fruit-Flavoured Cereals
Yes, these cereals may taste good, but sugar-laden breakfast cereals are ruining your weight loss results - even if they supposedly have real fruit flavours. We’re talking muesli, bran flakes with dried berries, bite sized wheat biscuits filled with fruit paste etc. Wean yourself from the fruity cereals by chopping some real fruit into a bowl of healthy, sugar-free, whole grain cereal or porridge.
Stick with the Real Deal. The best way to avoid unhealthy fruit flavoured products is to only eat raw, whole fruits and avoid packaged fruit in any shape or form. This will keep you on track with your fitness and fat loss goal.
Don’t forget that true weight loss success comes from a combination of a consistent exercise routine coupled with a diet of wholesome, healthy foods.