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February 24, 2014 8:27 AM
I officially moved to maintenance a couple months ago. I'm still losing some weight, mostly because I am marathon training and running 70 miles a week. (Approx 90 minutes of exercise in an average day)

But over the last 2 months, I have begun changing my meals and snacking to include more vegetables. Yesterday for instance 405 calories from veggies, and another 140 from fruits. I counted over 15 official "servings" of broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli slaw, sauerkraut, carrots & celery (plus 1 banana and some raw pumpkin) in my diet yesterday. I am avoiding the starchy vegetables such as corn & potatoes, and I am not frying any veggies. Nearly all are eaten raw, although I do include restrictive amount of fat-free dip.

So this has me thinking, almost 1/3rd of my calories are coming from vegetables and fruits. Is that typical? Healthy? The only downside I have experienced seems to be the affects the fiber has had, but I will avoid discussing that further.
February 24, 2014 1:37 PM
I've been wondering the same thing, actually! I eat a lot of vegetables (and plenty of fat/protein to balance them out), but I did think maybe having such high fibre would be problematic. The high fibre isn't having much of an effect on my, er, regularity – I'm +/-1 a day on that front.
February 24, 2014 1:39 PM
As long as your protein and fat macros have been set up correctly and you are hitting those minimums, you can have as many veggies and fruits as you can fit in your calorie goal.

Eta: Make sure you get some extra water in your system if this is a lot of extra fiber for you...
Edited by tegalicious On February 24, 2014 1:40 PM
February 24, 2014 1:41 PM
As my former Weight Watchers leader told us, "Have you ever heard of anyone getting fat from eating too many vegetables?!?" Eat away!!!
February 24, 2014 1:44 PM
Are you also hitting your protein and fat requirements? If you are then I wouldn't worry about it. If it is interfering with hitting those macros, then it's too much.
February 24, 2014 2:00 PM

As my former Weight Watchers leader told us, "Have you ever heard of anyone getting fat from eating too many vegetables?!?" Eat away!!!

I got fat eating vegetables.... Cause I ate too many calories.... And cause I have an amazing ability to pack food in my belly....
February 24, 2014 2:19 PM
No, you can't eat too many veggies, if you're hitting your protein and fat macros as well.

But I will say, you state that a lot of the portions were raw. I'd be careful with that - you can overload your digestive system, as raw veggies are more difficult to digest and you could get quite sick (vomiting and cramping). Peppers, broccoli and green beans can be quite bad.)

(I did the same thing a few years ago - spent a couple of days throwing up everything and now I still can't eat too many salads in a week. But that's okay, I just cook my veg instead.)
February 24, 2014 2:22 PM
Well by the very definition of the word "too much" then sure, you probably can, but it would be hard to do. I'm pretty sure you'd feel really sick when you hit the too much point. Vegetables are nice because they are low in calorie density so much away is what I say! Now if for some reason you seem to be having issues losing weight or something then for sure look at just how many calories you are getting from vegetables.
February 24, 2014 2:24 PM
Can't get fat on vegetables unless you count potato chips! smile

But seriously, as long as you stick to non-starchy veg, you be fine.
February 24, 2014 2:25 PM
OMG - After yesterday I think the answer is "yes." It was my first day on fitnesspal, after indulging in calorie-dense foods for way too long, so I decided to eat nothing but fruits and vegetables all day. I had a banana, some fresh strawberries, 5 baby carrots, a cup of raw cauliflower, an apple, a raw celery stick, and a bowl of steamed kale. My intestines did NOT know what hit them! LOL I woke up at 2:00am with gas and abdominal pain so bad. I know that it won't be a problem going forward - it was just a bit too radical. Today I'm fine, and hungry. But I plan to stick to my allotted calories if I can stay strong!
February 24, 2014 3:12 PM
The only problem I can envisage is that too much fibre might carry food through your system too quickly for some of the slower releasing nutrients to be absorbed? I don't know if this is the case but I'm sure I've heard it.
February 24, 2014 3:15 PM
Well, anything TOO extreme is bound to have consequences ......

I absolutely LOVE veggies ....... hope you don't feel you can only eat them raw ........ be sure to roast them with a bit of olive oil & seasonings ........ sautee with a bit of oil or broth ...... steam ...... or add to soups & stews.

Make sure you get enough protein as well drinker
February 24, 2014 3:29 PM
February 24, 2014 3:30 PM
Call up a friendly GI doctor and ask them. Given your medical issues, if any, the GI would be the best person I feel would know. IMHO, I hope not as I prefer to munch on carrots all day and eat big plates of salad in leau of eating starches.
February 24, 2014 3:31 PM
For me, it's only too much if it makes me feel over full or bloated. Of course I can fart and that helps to reduce it some.

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February 24, 2014 3:49 PM
If you where going over your calories or macros with loads of veg or fruit it would only then become a problem. On the health aspect, I'm veggie and i have never had any medical professional tell me " you should cut back on your veggies your health is suffering" . The only thing i would say is that if you are doing a lot of training you need to keep on top of your fats/pro to make sure you stay fuller for longer.
Edited by divedo On February 24, 2014 3:50 PM
February 24, 2014 4:20 PM
There are some GREAT documentaries to watch regarding the nutritive value of fruits and veggies -- "Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead" & "Forks Over Knives". I think everybody should watch them -- they are VERY Motivational!!. We don't eat NEARLY enough vegetables -- NO WAY to eat too many! Also do some research on Dr. Furhman -- very interesting nutritional information.
February 24, 2014 4:37 PM
In try to eat a 1/2 lb raw and 1/2 pound cooked veggies every day and to 2-3 servings fruit. Eat to live by Dr. Joel fuhrman md
February 24, 2014 4:50 PM
Well, if you eat too many carrots you'll turn orange. So there's that, lol.

Nah I don't think there's any harm in eating lots of vegetables all the time. Vegetarians and vegans live by it.
February 24, 2014 6:03 PM
Broccoi, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale effect the thyroid, I suggest u google it I had to cut back on these especially raw.
February 24, 2014 6:23 PM
Well, if you eat too many carrots you'll turn orange. So there's that, lol.
I know a guy to whom this happened.

He didn't exactly turn orange, but his complexion was... visibly off. Let's leave it at that.
February 24, 2014 6:24 PM
Unless you have some medical issue or it's making you feel crappy, I can't imagine it being bad.
February 24, 2014 6:33 PM
Not on veggies they are low calories. Fruits are different, they contain hundreds of calories and need to be watched if you are aiming for calorie deficit and weight loss.
February 24, 2014 9:17 PM
Too many of the same vegetable can be harmful. It can mess with your digestive system. Change it up every once in a while. Also, like mentioned by a few people above me, try cooking some of your vegetables. I love to stick a pan of broccoli and peppers in the oven for a half hour with a bit of olive oil and garlic. It's delicious.
February 24, 2014 10:09 PM
I think as long as your other macros are balanced, eating more veggies and fruits is a good thing as long as you don't have digestive problems or other health issues. Cooking veggies can help break down the fiber content so that they're more easily digested and vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients absorbed. Don't get me wrong...I love 'em raw too, and eat them both ways. I actually crave vegetables when I don't eat enough of them!


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