Most people who vow to eat more healthily think that doing so primarily consists of eating more fruit and veg as opposed to stuffing their faces with junk food. While that may be correct, popular nutritionist Dr Michael Mosley argues that eating one particular fruit could do more harm than good.
The health expert who is the brains behind the Fast 800 and 5:2 diet regimes is all for eating fruit and veg in general. In fact, he says that we should be consuming at least seven portions everyday. That’s two more than the NHS’s recommended five.
But not all fruits help you to lose weight, the expert argues, as some are high in natural sugars, such as bananas. So rather than simply just eating fruit and veg indiscriminately, Dr Mosley believes we should make sure we are eating the right kinds of fruit and veg.
Speaking to sbs.com, the expert said: “Fruit is great if you’re healthy but if you have weight to lose, then switching to less sugary fruits like apples and berries might be wise.”
He continued: “If you are young and slim so you can get away with [eating sugary fruits] you can’t particularly [consume lots of mangoes or bananas] if you are looking to lose weight.”
He added: “Anything you can buy at a service station that is ultra-processed foods and convenience items we all know are bad for us but still eat in astonishing quantities. If it’s heavily marketed, in bright packaging and full of fat, sugar and salt, it will likely affect our health and mood – and not for the better.
“To avoid temptation, don’t bring the usual suspects home (biscuits, chips and anything made with cheap factory ingredients), or if they’re already lurking in the pantry, throw them in the bin. Instead, fill the fridge with fresh, whole ingredients and stock the cupboard and freezer with tinned and frozen fish, vegetables and legumes.
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“Meal replacement shakes also have their place in moderation if you’re particularly busy or travel frequently.”
Instead of eating sugary fruits, the doctor says people looking to lose weight would be better off eating unsalted nuts and vegetables. He said: “If you want to lose weight and keep it off, then it is going to require a certain amount of commitment. But you don’t have to suffer. Good food should be a pleasure, and it’s a matter of rediscovering those pleasures.”
The expert concluded: “What you eat has a profound effect on your mental health, and therefore on your energy levels. Once you’ve started the virtuous circle, then all the other things become much easier.”
For more of Dr Michael Mosley’s dieting tips, you can tune in to his programme Who Made Britain Fat? on Channel 4 on Wednesday at 9pm.
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