Does Eating Fruit and Veggies Lower Weight?

- POSTED ON: Feb 13, 2013

The only way eating more fruits and vegetables
will lower one’s weight,
is if this results
in a lowering of one’s overall calories.

It’s almost shameful that a point so obvious
needs to be made so repeatedly.

Obesity Presumption #3:
Eating More Fruit and Vegetables Will Lower Your Weight

                       by Dr Ayra Sharma, M.D.

The 3rd Obesity Presumption in the New England Journal of Medicine on obesity myths, presumptions and facts paper states that,

“Eating more fruits and vegetables will result in weight loss or lessweight gain,
regardless of whether one intentionally makes any other behavioral or environmental changes.”

The notion underlying this presumption is the common belief that,

“By eating more fruits and vegetables, a person presumably spontaneously eats less of other foods, and the resulting reduction in calories is greater than the increase in calories from the fruit and vegetables.

While this may well be the case for some people, unless those fruits and vegetables are being eaten raw, chances are that they may well be contributing a significant amount of calories to your diet (think Indian vegetarian curry or a vegetable stir-fry).

It is therefore by no means surprising that simply going vegetarian (or even vegan) will do much for your weight even if it may take longer to eat the same amount of calories.

Thus, the studies quoted in this paper failed to find any impact on body weight by simply increasing fruit and vegetable intake without making any other adjustments to your diet - in the end what counts with regard to body weight are calories - irrespective of whether these are derived from vegetables, fruit, fats, oils, carbs, meats, dairy or alcohol.

If anything, this presumption should serve to remind us that
eating healthier food is not the same as eating fewer calories.

                       Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes – www.

By The Way .........

You might think I'm Twisted,
but Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.
Jewelry and Lingerie are lovely,
... and I do Hope I get some beautiful Flowers.

for someone (me) who didn’t receive Chocolates for years as a helpful gesture,  because she was too fat for them, I find there’s nothing that says to me: “I love you” on Valentine’s Day as well as a great big Heart-Shaped-Box-of-Sees-Chocolates.
  Even if I choose not to eat them,
I still want to receive that gift.

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Existing Comments:

On Feb 13, 2013 wrote:
Absolutely agree...lower ones calories = lower weight.

On Feb 14, 2013 Alma wrote:
See's is one thing that I miss since I left California. It stands above Godiva chocolates. I occasionally receive them from my brother. In the meantime, Russell Stovers is a good choice. Happy Valentine's Day!

On Feb 28, 2013 danielsaun wrote:
I think eating fruits and vegetables can help because they are high in fiber and fill you up. But even with that logic I guess we could eat what we want and then supplement with fiber supplements? I believe that's what Nurtasystem's volumetric plan is based on? Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

On Feb 28, 2013 Dr. Collins wrote:
             danielsaun, all weight-loss diets work because they cause a person to take in less calories than that person's body uses. See my articles in the Archieves, The Essence of Diets 1 and 2, posted March 02, and 03, 2011.

On Mar 29, 2015 LoveTahoe wrote:
Many of the vegan plans espouse eating as much as you want, "eat until you're full and not gain," etc. (Forks Over Knives, Eat to Live). The concept of stretching the stomach doesn't occur to them - if you stretch it so much you keep needing more food, weight loss would be truly difficult. Except for the young and athletically inclined.

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