A client of mine recently asked me about consuming only fruits in order to lose weight. I always wonder why people are attracted to mono-diets such as this when trying to lose weight.
I always stress the importance of eating a balanced and diverse plant-based diet. Your body is not able to get all of the nutrients it needs on fruit alone.
Yes you will lose weight on a 100% fruit diet or what we call a fruitarian diet. Yes you will have glowing skin, great digestion, better sleep, and most of your ailments will subside. And you can even do this for a long period of time, however choosing to eat a mono-diet such as this as opposed to a diet rich in all the foods from the plant kingdom is a better choice when losing weight or enhancing your health.
One of the reasons why some people will have trouble losing weight is because they stick to mono-diets that do not provide your body with ample amounts of fuel in order to burn off the calories and fat.
If you are someone who prefers to eat fruits over anything else, you can make your diet at least 50-75% fruit and then the other percentage vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, superfoods, beans, legumes, lentils, etc. This way you are satisfying your palette’s desires and still keeping your plate diverse.
If you are sticking to fruits especially since our bodies desire more water-based foods like fruits in the summertime so that our bodies can cool down and naturally detoxify itself, at least vary the fruits that you consume.
Fruits are feminine energetically which is why so many of us desire them. They act as cleansing foods for the body as vegetables act as building foods for the body. So what does that mean? That means while your body needs to cleanse and detox itself, it also needs to build the cells, blood, and organs back up as well in order to repair and heal itself which is why we need a balance of fruits and vegetables.
Fruits from a botanical perspective are simply ripened ovaries. They come from the flowers of plants and trees. Here are three types of fruits so that you can vary the types of fruits
Types of Fruits
Fleshy Simply Fruits – fruits produced by flowers from one pistil; Pistils are the main female reproductive organ of a flower; grapes, tomatoes, persimmons, bananas, avocados, etc
Fleshy Aggregrate Fruits – fruits produced by flowers from more than one pistil; strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, wineberries
Fleshy Multiple Fruits – fruits are produced by a cluster of flowers
mulberries, pineapples, figs, dates, pomegranates.