Last week, Andrew Perlot posted a video where he showed the results of a personal experience where he tried to see if he could get overweight eating large quantities of fruit.
Andrew is a raw foodist I met a few years ago during my travels. He’s quite a smart man and has runs a really interesting website at http://www.raw-food-health.net/
Here’s had one of those raw food success stories, losing a tremendous amount of weight eating nothing but fruits and vegetables.
In the raw food world, there’s a common belief that fruit is such a perfect food that no matter how much of it you eat, it can never make you fat.
Andrew decided to see what would happen if he ate “unlimited” quantities of fruits, along with vegetables, for 90 days.
He decided to cut his experience short at 75 days, having gained a good 15 pounds and looking quite overweight by that time.
Andrew proved that it was possible for a raw foodist to actually get fat eating nothing but raw fruits and vegetables.
Raw vegetables don’t contain any significant calories.
And Andrew ate very small amounts of fat.
What changed was the quantity of fruit he was eating. Instead of eating reasonable quantities, he ate “as much as he wanted,” and with plenty of the sweetest fruits like bananas and mangoes.
15 pounds in 75 days… that’s how much his body changed by this simple change alone.
Can You Get Fat on Fruit?
The answer to the question is a resounding yes!
Although, there’s a caveat. It’s clear that some people are genetically predisposed to gain more weight than others, given the right circumstances.
Age has something to do with it to. People in their 20s who go raw generally have trouble maintaining their weight unless they eat a lot.
But starting at the age of 30, metabolism slows down and it takes more effort to stay trim.
Of course, if you’re very athletic, you may find it easier to eat a lot of fruit and stay slim.
I’ve always eaten a lot of fruit. I used to eat a completely raw diet, and of course during that time fruit was my staple. Now I don’t eat a raw food diet anymore, but I still eat a lot of fruit. It’s a habit that never left me.
In my raw days and today, I was never at a very low body fat, except in my early twenties.
Some guys I know got totally ripped on a raw food diet, but it wasn’t my case.
I’m probably at a 15 or 16% body fat. It’s still pretty low compared to most people of my age, but it’s not as low as I’d like to be. I’d like to be closer to 10 or 11%.
I’m quite convinced that my fruit eating habit is one main thing that’s keeping me at my current body fat.
After all, I like all the sweetest fruits like bananas, mangoes, figs and grapes. Those are the types I tend to eat on a regular basis. And I can easily go through a lot of fruit as dessert or snack at almost any time during the day.
I’m not going to give up fruit, but as a personal experiment, I’m going to try replacing all the fruits I eat with lower-calorie versions.
Is Fruit Healthy?
Fruit is incredibly healthy. It’s loaded with fiber, vitamins, and water.
But fruit is also easy to eat. Certain fruits are rich in calories, while others are very low in calories.
High calorie fruits include: bananas, figs, mangoes, persimmons, dates, cherimoyas, and most exotic tropical fruits (jackfruit, durian, lychees, etc.). Certain types of oranges would fit in that category.
Lower calorie fruits include most “Northern” fruits like: tart apples, pears, berries, grapefruits, melons, and so on.
It’s pretty easy to know if a fruit is rich in calories: the sweeter it is, the more calories it contains. The more watery it is, the more the calories are diluted. The less water it contains, the more the calories are concentrated (like bananas or figs).
If you find yourself at a “plateau” in your weight goals, you may want to try replacing your fruit intake with vegetables for a while, or with lower-calorie fruits.
Again, fruit is very healthy, but it does contain a decent amount of calories. Being easy to eat, some people will have to control their urge to binge on fruits more than others.
If you’re at a perfect weight, then fruit is fine. Enjoy!
If you’re underweight, eat more fruit!
Watch the Video that Andrew Did Below: