The Truth about the Fruit Diet
Is the Fruit Diet Right For You?
I’m sure you’ve heard the word vegetarian many times in your life, but have you ever heard the word fruititarian? Believe it or not, the fruit diet has become an increasingly popular way to lose weight. But does it really live up to the hype? We have the answers…
A Type of Raw Food Diet
There are some individuals who follow a raw foods diet. Although the total percentage of raw foods they eat can vary from 80-100% of their total diet, raw foodists basically consume uncooked, or raw, fruits and vegetables along with nuts and seeds. With the fruit diet, your diet consists of mostly raw fruit.
A Diet with a Conscience?
Fruititarians (those who follow a strict fruit diet) only eat fruit that was harvested without killing the plant. Obviously, a fruititarian has a limited variety of foods to eat, but some raw foodists can be considered fruititarian if 50-75% of their diet comes from raw fruits.
A Healthy Variety
While it’s true that fruitarians have a limited selection of food to choose from, the fruit diet does offer an array of tasty treats, and some of what’s allowed may surprise you. According to the fruit diet, a tomato is considered a fruit, although there has been some debate about whether the tomato is a fruit or vegetable.
I’m certainly not advocating you turn fruititarian in an effort to lose weight, but I do think that this type of diet, like many diets, can offer valuable insight and ideas for all individuals who are interested in losing.
Studies have shown how healthy it is to eat an apple a day, and the U.S. food pyramid does encourage Americans to incorporate more servings of fruits and vegetables into our diets.
What does that mean for dieters? If you’re on a diet, you should try to incorporate more fresh fruits into your diet. Opt for a piece of fruit as dessert. Fruit is probably one of the lowest calorie dessert options you can find, and frozen mixed berries are a great substitute for high calorie ice cream when you’re on a diet.
While a fruit diet consisting of only fruit probably isn’t the best idea, incorporating some of the fruit diet concepts into a healthy diet can definitely have its benefits.