The All Raw Fruit and Vegetable Diet

The fruit and vegetable diet plan is often mistaken for a devoutly vegan or at best vegetarian path to living. Perhaps, the name of the diet itself acts as the greatest misnomer; however the diet in essentials propagates nothing of the sort. In fact, it stresses on the importance of glorious meat and dairy to provide us with our required amounts of protein and other nutrients and of course see us well on our course to healthy living (albeit in the proverbial balanced and moderate amounts).

The fundamental premise of this weight reduction program is including a base minimum of 2-3 helpings of fruits and about 4-5 servings of vegetables in your daily food intake. This is essential as these foods are packed with nutrients that we desperately need and generally lack (due to the universal tendency to slack off on one’s fruit and vegetable quota citing absence of taste).

The rationale of the fruit and vegetable diet is fairly straightforward and admittedly, makes sense. These two diet essentials have a very low calorie count and yet successfully manage to keep to full so that you are less likely to give into temptation (read: anything fattening or simply unhealthy).

The plan is slightly more elaborate however. The minimum requirements outlined earlier are just that, the bare minimum. To get your weight loss going you need to stack up on approximately 9 portions of fruits and vegetables in a given day. Most nutritionists recommend a combination of 4 servings of fruits and 5 of veggies.

The fruit part of the fruit and vegetable diet has raised some questions. The sugar content in fruits is believed by many to thwart your attempts at shedding the pounds. What we tend to forget is that fructose (the simple sugar that fruits are fortified with) can easily be converted into body fat and so the pros of including fruit in your everyday diet far outweigh your fructose concerns. Even so, there are some fruits such as bananas and grapes which should be consumed in moderation to keep the accompanying sugar levels in check. What’s more there are plenty, very tasty and equally healthy fruit options to compensate for this (strawberries, apples, pears, blueberries).

Healthy conscious eaters must bear in mind that the benefits of the fruit and vegetable diet can be maximized by paying due attention to method of cooking. You should stay away from boiling and deep frying which tend to decrease the nutritional content of the foods. Steaming and baking are considered more conducive. Most importantly though, try consuming the foods raw. With respect to fruit juices, they are not considered nearly as loaded with nutrients and fiber as fruits in their natural avatar. If however, you are partial to juices, keep them sugar-free.

Thus the fruit and vegetable diet is more a way of all-round healthy living than your regular starvation fests, which compel you to ditch complete food groups to zap the flab. Eating fruits and veggies goes beyond cutting dress sizes; it’s more about living better.

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