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To eat only fruit for lunch?

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auroraboringalice · 26/10/2018 15:03

Trying to shift the last couple of stone and thinking about Christmas. Don't eat enough fruit 'n' veg. Thought about swapping out my usual lunch for fruit only to keep calories and fat down and get my bowel moving (TMI, sorry!).

I keep reading hysteria over sugar content in fruit though? Old gimmer here - fruit used to be seen as a harmless healthy snack.

Should I worry about this? I am cutting right back on chocolate and biscuits and other rubbishy forms of sugar, so surely some fructose is okay?

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Iliveinazoo · 26/10/2018 15:10

I don't really know about the sugar in fruit, sounds like the latest diet hysteria.

But if you're worried couldn't you have veg sticks with a dip? Or just a salad.

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auroraboringalice · 26/10/2018 15:11

Veg sticks are a great idea, thanks. I prefer fruit, but veg is much lower sugar and would give me the same great benefits.

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Devillanelle · 26/10/2018 15:13

Fruit is still a healthy snack, but because it is sugary it won't sustain you for long so you'd be best to have some protein with your lunch.

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ambereeree · 26/10/2018 15:13

Veg not fruit would work. Sugar in fruit tends to stick to the belly area. How about lean meat as well? Or lentils?

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Bambamber · 26/10/2018 15:16

I was under the impression of that only 2 of your 5 a day should come from a fruit source, the other 3 should be vegetables. And if you have fruit should should eat something else with it to reduce the risk to your teeth. I wouldn't be too worried though, as long as you're not going mad with it, it will be fine

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auroraboringalice · 26/10/2018 15:19

Thanks, all.

Will have a good think about this.

I ate a banana, two clems and two apples at 2pm for lunch.

Wonder if I'll last until dinner? Grin

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auroraboringalice · 26/10/2018 15:23

Now I remember where I got this idea!

It was waaaaaay back in the early 1990s - Rosemary Conley's Hip & Thigh Diet. One of the breakfast options was to eat as much fruit as you could at one sitting.

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auroraboringalice · 26/10/2018 15:24

I had peanut butter on an oatcake for breakfast, which RC would NOT approve of - all that fat! Shock

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pigsDOfly · 26/10/2018 15:31

What''s likely to happen after a while is that you'll be so hungry mid afternoon that your body will crave something filling and satisfying and you'll head for the nearest calorific snack.

Forget about trying things like that, just eat sensible small amounts of decent food. You'll probably lose the weigh just as quickly eating sensibly as you would just eating fruit and letting yourself go hungry.

Apart from anything else, your mid afternoon tiredness is going to be even worse if you haven't had something sustaining in the middle of the day.

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PositiveVibez · 26/10/2018 15:31

Them bags of veg u bung in microwave for a few mins are good and cheap. One of them with a chicken breast maybe?

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PositiveVibez · 26/10/2018 15:33

Or homemade chicken and vegetables soup. Especially now the colder weather is coming in. Fruit will not fill you up.

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Eliza9917 · 26/10/2018 15:35

You will get the serious shits and bad, bad, wind.

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Eliza9917 · 26/10/2018 15:38

I know this because I tried this once. I farted when in the office on my own, expected to be for a while. Someone came back and started checking the drains and under the cabin for something that had died.

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Almostfifty · 26/10/2018 15:41

Have it with some greek yoghurt and you shouldn't feel hungry, I do this a lot.

Not that I've noticed any weight loss through it though... Grin

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rosamore · 26/10/2018 15:44

It depends. Are you able to have an afternoon snack? (I.e. you might not have the chance in your job etc).

I work from home and quite often only eat fruit or veg until about 4pm, sometimes I have a bit of yoghurt or hummus, or have a soup/smoothie, but sometimes not.

BUT I absolutely could not do this if I was only able to eat at certain times (aka, breakfast before work, lunch at 1, dinner at 8) as I'd be ravenous and stopping for a chippy on the way home. Just no. I have no self control when hungry so grazing is the best only option for me to keep weight off.

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treacledan71 · 26/10/2018 15:48

this soup is really good. They are all speed food and free on sw. It is great for lunch. Fills you up.

To eat only fruit for lunch?
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AfterSchoolWorry · 26/10/2018 15:48

Lol OP, fat isn't the enemy any more, its refined carbs.

You need to increase your protein, veg and healthy fats and throw away the low fat books. They're bunkum !!!

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catlovingdoctor · 26/10/2018 15:53

Your dentist is probably going to be awfully busy!

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NoIsACompleteAnswerSometimes · 26/10/2018 15:57

I have lost over a stone and kept it off for years by doing the following.
Less of everything, 1 biscuit instead of 2,1 less potato, less cream on my pudding. Snacks- fruit first with a big drink of water, then if I really really fancy crisps, cheese or chocolate I'll have some, just not all 3 and not every day.
One day a week I only eat fruit and raw veg; for example beetroot, spring onions, cucumber all chopped up with hummus or potato salad ( yummy).
I walk everywhere unless it's raining ( not paying road tax to get wet!).
However if it's birthdays, Christmas, holidays etc I eat what I want then get back with the programme when I get home.
It's not a diet, it's a way of life. If you think of it as a diet and restrict yourself, it never works.

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auroraboringalice · 26/10/2018 16:08

Does fructose really target and settle round your middle?

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auroraboringalice · 26/10/2018 16:09

I've seen a bit of this Dr Lustig guy around he is very much against sugar. Lumps fruit and Coke together, if I am understanding him correctly! Thing is, though, he's not exactly the picture of healthy himself, I don't think.

I don't know what to believe sometimes Confused

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Oysterbabe · 26/10/2018 16:10

You'll be starving. You'd be better with some veg sticks and hummus.

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auroraboringalice · 26/10/2018 16:10

Rosemary Conley looks amazing though.

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Jaxhog · 26/10/2018 16:11

Don't. Although fresh fruit is a lot better than fruit juice, it still has a lot of sugar in it. Too much fruit will also give terrible stomach ache! It will also make you crave sugary things.

Better to cut out chips and cheese. Cheese is horrendously calorific. I've recently joined WW and cut a lot of cheese out. Have lost a lot of weight as a result (stone and a half in 4 months). And drink lots of water.

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