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December 18, 2011 2:58 PM
So Ive been thinking of trying a fruit and veggie diet of sorts where I only eat fruits and vegetables for a month or so and I just want to hear peoples thoughts and opinions on it. Has anyone actually tried this and how well did it work for you? Did you lose weight and if so how much and how long were you doing the diet?

I know the importance of having a well balanced diet so I would include healthy fats by eating avocados & peanut butter along with my fruits and for protein I have Whey protein shakes... so I think im covering all the basics, especially because fruits & veggies have carbs & a ton of other nutrients.

While doing this I will still be doing cardio & strength training... so yeah.. anyone have experience with this type of diet or any thoughts or concerns?
December 18, 2011 3:21 PM
You're gonna get REALLY hungry... but go for it if you'd rather go that route.
December 18, 2011 3:23 PM
I am not sure if you will be eating balanced enough that way, but I haven't done it nor am I knowledgeable enough to offer an opinion on that. However, I would highly recommend taking lots of vitamins because you are going to need calcium and such.
December 18, 2011 3:28 PM
It can be done. Be sure to include beans and nuts to get the protein up. I pretty much only eat fruits and veggies until dinner where I have 3 or 4 oz of meat or fish with my veggies. It is just going be harder to hit your macros. I would look for a some suggestions online - IE: a vegetarian diet. There my be some products that you'll like. Good luck.
  8504197
December 18, 2011 3:28 PM
Lean protein has been instrumental in keeping my HUGE appetite in check. If you choose to do only veggies and fruit because you are considering a vegan lifestyle you probably need to think of other protein sources. Bean, legumes, soy products. Did I say HUGE appetite? If I did just fruit and veggies (which I do really like btw) I would be STARVING!
  8326630
December 18, 2011 3:29 PM
I think you may become bored or be really hungry. Protein is so key...and it's hard to get a lot from just fruits and vegetables.
December 18, 2011 3:29 PM
Lean protein has been instrumental in keeping my HUGE appetite in check. If you choose to do only veggies and fruit because you are considering a vegan lifestyle you probably need to think of other protein sources. Bean, legumes, soy products. Did I say HUGE appetite? If I did just fruit and veggies (which I do really like btw) I would be STARVING!
  8326630
December 18, 2011 3:30 PM
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I am not sure if you will be eating balanced enough that way, but I haven't done it nor am I knowledgeable enough to offer an opinion on that. However, I would highly recommend taking lots of vitamins because you are going to need calcium and such.


Calcium shouldn't be a problem if she includes dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and collards. Vitamins in general are not a large issue in a plant based diet besides B12 which I do recommend supplementing in some way. I get mine from enriched foods such as almond milk, soy yogurt and tofu.
  12625708
December 18, 2011 3:31 PM
I ate 100% raw for about two months. This was basically only fruits, veggies, and nuts/seeds. I really love raw foods, I love fruits, I love vegetables - so there were some really great things about a 100% raw diet. However, it did not work for me for the long term. I now eat more like 60-80% raw, and my body feels a lot better. In addition, I have lost more weight this way.

Some of the reasons this didn't work for me:
~too much fruit sugar; my skin would break out.
~bloating due to all the fruit and vegetables I was eating - so uncomfortable.
~I couldn't eat enough calories many days from just these foods. You literally have to eat all day to be able to, or fill up on bananas or nuts. Because of this it was hard to lose weight. I was either in starvation mode, or getting too much fat from avocados or nuts.

I also am a student on a low income budget. This was something I just couldn't maintain - carrying fresh fruits and veggies with me everywhere I went, trying to prepare salads, etc. I think that for some people raw foods do work, it would definitely take some tailoring, but I think eating just fruits and veggies for many peoples bodies is not long term, and pretty challenging.
I would shoot for a high fruits and veggies diet, but getting too hung up on 100% this or that is probably not mentally or physically healthy, in my opinion. For my mental health surrounding food especially, I need to be able to allow variety in my diet. Moderation, as always, is key. Just my two cents!
Edited by floweringcurrant On December 18, 2011 3:36 PM
December 18, 2011 3:31 PM
Btw, feel free to friend me and check out my diary. I'm vegan.
  12625708
December 18, 2011 3:33 PM
I highly doubt you can do that for 1 whole month. I think they call that "The Beverly Hills Diet", which is typically done for 10 days, I think. Fruits only for the first 10 days.
December 18, 2011 3:38 PM
I don't think that is a sustainable diet. You need to feel satisfied, and eating fruits and veggies all the time won't do that.
December 18, 2011 3:39 PM
QUOTE:

So Ive been thinking of trying a fruit and veggie diet of sorts where I only eat fruits and vegetables for a month or so and I just want to hear peoples thoughts and opinions on it. Has anyone actually tried this and how well did it work for you? Did you lose weight and if so how much and how long were you doing the diet?

I know the importance of having a well balanced diet so I would include healthy fats by eating avocados & peanut butter along with my fruits and for protein I have Whey protein shakes... so I think im covering all the basics, especially because fruits & veggies have carbs & a ton of other nutrients.

While doing this I will still be doing cardio & strength training... so yeah.. anyone have experience with this type of diet or any thoughts or concerns?


It's been my experience - plus I've gathered from much study on nutrition and weight loss - that nothing beats a simple well-rounded eating plan that includes all the food groups in moderation. The human body is made up of water and protein. You need protein. Fruits and veggies do not supply protein.
  12535297
December 18, 2011 3:42 PM
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QUOTE:

So Ive been thinking of trying a fruit and veggie diet of sorts where I only eat fruits and vegetables for a month or so and I just want to hear peoples thoughts and opinions on it. Has anyone actually tried this and how well did it work for you? Did you lose weight and if so how much and how long were you doing the diet?

I know the importance of having a well balanced diet so I would include healthy fats by eating avocados & peanut butter along with my fruits and for protein I have Whey protein shakes... so I think im covering all the basics, especially because fruits & veggies have carbs & a ton of other nutrients.

While doing this I will still be doing cardio & strength training... so yeah.. anyone have experience with this type of diet or any thoughts or concerns?


It's been my experience - plus I've gathered from much study on nutrition and weight loss - that nothing beats a simple well-rounded eating plan that includes all the food groups in moderation. The human body is made up of water and protein. You need protein. Fruits and veggies do not supply protein.


Fruits and vegetables actually do supply protein.
Check out raw foodest and fruititarians websites. I'm sure they have some great info.
  12625708
December 18, 2011 3:43 PM
I think it sounds dangerous and not sure you will have the energy to exercise (or anything else) and will probably put alot of weight back on pretty quickly! I'm all for adding lots of fuiet and veggies to your diet but I don't think it is enough!
  8221325
December 18, 2011 3:46 PM
maybe add some lentils... or beans into the mix, you'll need some nutrition fiber & protein
  8839977
December 18, 2011 3:46 PM
I recently became a vegetarian (~ 1 1/2 months) and I can tell you that eating this much fiber can definitely be uncomfortable - too much fiber can cause constipation (as well as flatulence, which we expect, constipation surprised me) so be absolutely sure to drink LOTS of water. Be careful!
December 18, 2011 3:47 PM
I'd definitely take something with calcium in it. Although broccoli is a good source of calcium, it isn't enough compared to having dairy in your diet. Vitamin D would also be low, especially in Canada so I'd take a supplement. Iron would be the less bioavailable form in fruits and vegetables so I might try to supplement that as well (do not take with calcium supplement).
December 18, 2011 3:51 PM
Instead of being strictly fruits and veggies, I'd look into trying to find some good vegetarian recipes. You have to make sure you get complete proteins if you want to keep your muscles healthy, and vegetarians have made a fine art of it. Find a good balance of legumes, grains, dairy and soy. I had a website to help, but now I can't seem to find it.
  12045982
December 18, 2011 3:56 PM
QUOTE:

So Ive been thinking of trying a fruit and veggie diet of sorts where I only eat fruits and vegetables for a month or so and I just want to hear peoples thoughts and opinions on it. Has anyone actually tried this and how well did it work for you? Did you lose weight and if so how much and how long were you doing the diet?

I know the importance of having a well balanced diet so I would include healthy fats by eating avocados & peanut butter along with my fruits and for protein I have Whey protein shakes... so I think im covering all the basics, especially because fruits & veggies have carbs & a ton of other nutrients.

While doing this I will still be doing cardio & strength training... so yeah.. anyone have experience with this type of diet or any thoughts or concerns?


Check out www.danielsdiet.com. It combines fruits, veges, beans and nuts..its an amazing diet!
  10357231
December 18, 2011 3:56 PM
Look up 30 Bananas A Day or the 80-10-10 Diet for some good info on high carb raw vegan info. There are many people who do this and run races and are extremely healthy and athletic. You seriously need to eat 4 bananas at once for a meal or 4 oranges at once. Plus eat at least 1 pound of greens per day. I've been doing this for about 3 weeks minus a few off days and have felt great. I have been running 3-5 miles about 3 times per week plus doing Turbokick classes 3 times per week and have tons of energy. You really need to research it though and watch out on eating the high fat foods. Its great because you can eat all day and you are never hungry but you lose weight. I have been bloated a lot though
December 18, 2011 4:10 PM
QUOTE:

So Ive been thinking of trying a fruit and veggie diet of sorts where I only eat fruits and vegetables for a month or so and I just want to hear peoples thoughts and opinions on it. Has anyone actually tried this and how well did it work for you? Did you lose weight and if so how much and how long were you doing the diet?

I know the importance of having a well balanced diet so I would include healthy fats by eating avocados & peanut butter along with my fruits and for protein I have Whey protein shakes... so I think im covering all the basics, especially because fruits & veggies have carbs & a ton of other nutrients.

While doing this I will still be doing cardio & strength training... so yeah.. anyone have experience with this type of diet or any thoughts or concerns?


ive done it before and lost 100 lbs. Went from 280 to 180. Got off my lifestyle and started eating meat and gained up to 240 again. Needless to say I am going back on it for the most part and cutting out most red meat. Pretty much a pescitarian lifestyle where i eat seafood and chicken and fruits and veggies. Trying to get down to 170.
  12156638
May 18, 2014 10:41 PM
I think it's a great idea. You should eat more veggies than fruit such as kale, spinach, celery, etc. I started my raw food diet today. If you're worried about not getting enough protein, include nuts and seeds in your diet. Include gelatinous foods such as aloe vera and chia seeds too. Those will help rid of toxins your body absorbs in your intestines that your liver can't rid of. Good luck!!
May 18, 2014 11:37 PM
QUOTE:

So Ive been thinking of trying a fruit and veggie diet of sorts where I only eat fruits and vegetables for a month or so and I just want to hear peoples thoughts and opinions on it. Has anyone actually tried this and how well did it work for you? Did you lose weight and if so how much and how long were you doing the diet?

I know the importance of having a well balanced diet so I would include healthy fats by eating avocados & peanut butter along with my fruits and for protein I have Whey protein shakes... so I think im covering all the basics, especially because fruits & veggies have carbs & a ton of other nutrients.

While doing this I will still be doing cardio & strength training... so yeah.. anyone have experience with this type of diet or any thoughts or concerns?


Well if you were actually only eating fruits and veg then you would be eating basically nothing but sugar and yeah that'd be a problem but as you describe the diet here you say you are actually going to eat more than fruit and veg so I guess as long as you are making sure to balance your macros there is no issue here. Seems a bit extreme so I question the need to do this but as long as you aren't making your fat and protein levels exceedingly low then yeah sure.
  60911203
May 18, 2014 11:39 PM
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I think it's a great idea. You should eat more veggies than fruit such as kale, spinach, celery, etc. I started my raw food diet today. If you're worried about not getting enough protein, include nuts and seeds in your diet. Include gelatinous foods such as aloe vera and chia seeds too. Those will help rid of toxins your body absorbs in your intestines that your liver can't rid of. Good luck!!


You realise this thread is 3 years old, right? Holy resurrection, Batman...

Not to mention that the OP deactivated long ago.
Edited by Alatariel75 On May 18, 2014 11:42 PM
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