Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fruit, Glorious Fruit!

You won't gain weight eating fruit, but you won't loose either. It seems a little strange but the reality is that most fruits have a fair amount of sugar in them. Although it's natural sugar, it's still sugar. The amount of sugar in foods is measured by what's called the Gylcemic Index. This is a measurement of how quickly blood sugar levels rise after eating a particular type of food. When blood sugar levels rise, insulin is produced. Sadly, insulin allows us to store fat.

Not all fruits are created equal; however, during Phases 1 & 2 they are.  While in these weight loss phases, all fruits must be avoided for the purpose of resetting your pancreas (so that it does not produce excess insulin). Don't sweat it...eventually, fruit will be introduced back into your diet, at a time when the body can better process those sugars.  If fruit is on your mind while on Phases 1 & 2 of Ideal Protein, why not take this time to start educating yourself on the Glycemic Index of fruits (as well as veggies)?

That bowl of fruit up top looks good, right? Well, summer is just about here and there's watermelon everywhere you look, but it's smart to avoid it. Check this out:

Once your eyes are opened to the Glycemic Index, you will find yourself reaching for berries and cherries. Not only are their antioxidant levels high, their Glycemic Index numbers are low. Perfect for getting to and keeping that beach-ready body.


  1. Thanks for these great tip! You are so correct, people don't realize why they don't loose weight when eating fruit. You post clearly explains it. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the clarification on glycemic index and fruit. I so agree. It gets confusing for many and I was just talking to my naturopath about this. :)

  3. Great visual! The GI is a great tool to help with weight loss goals and to see just how the sugar is affecting weight.