Hey Gorilla. I am thinking about going the raw fruit way. I currently do alot of veg protein shakes and tofu. I don't feel great and can not drop my weight on that diet. The last time I was able to drop weight was when I went fruit and veg only. So I want to try that again. I am a figure competitor so I want to know if you have lost muscle or have trouble building muscle as a result of a fruit diet. Also how is your energy and do you have to do alot of cardio on this diet plan to drop body fat? Any feedback would be appreciated.
Hi Paige. I'm no expert. I'm still figuring stuff out. I still need to train harder and more frequently, go heavier and get stronger. My goal is to maintain a lean physique, to maintain an optimal level of strength and fitness, and to live as long as possible, as healthy as possible. I believe a fruit and veg only diet is the best way of achieving this.
Just adjust quantities depending on how many calories you're burning - I've dropped my bodyfat level mainly through diet and lifting weights - not cardio.
I'm still figuring out whether supplements are really needed - B12, creatine etc. I've gone through cycles of supplementing. I do believe that if you respect your liver, you will feel healthier - your liver assists in filtering toxins and metabolising fats and essential fatty acids so if your liver is healthy you're going to feel better. I do worry that multivitamin/minerals, B12 and creatine supplements may not be the best thing for optimal liver performance, which is why I've always tended to cycle them.
My basic principle is intuition, i.e. getting a feel for what my body needs, whether it be fresh air, hydration, sunlight, light foods such as citrus fruits - lemons, oranges, limes, clementines - or heavier fruits such as avocadoes and tomatoes.
The foods I've just mentioned - the citrus, avocadoes, tomatoes, are what I tend to eat most days – you could say they’re my staples. I find them easy to digest and they give me energy. I always work out on an empty stomach, and drink plain water throughout my workout (anything up to 3 hours of exercise in one session – 1 hour cardio, 2 hours resistance, aiming for 3-4 sessions a week, anything up to 3 litres of water per session), then I have my citrus, and later in the day I have my avocado/tomato salad.
I’m still figuring out the best way of including other foods, and timing when I’m going to eat them - I guess what I’m saying is that mono-dieting is easiest on your digestive system. Mangos, bananas, nectarines, peaches, papaya, melon, white/red/black grapes, plums ... raw walnuts/almonds, blueberries ... raisins
These are the types of “meals” I tend to have – small meals – snacks if you like, rather than the “traditional” 3 meals a day.
I have always found that consuming healthy fats helps me to keep my body fat percentage at a healthy level – definition in abs, obliques - I find almonds really good - whole foods, unprocessed, unrefined - I find the fibre in foods very important for staying lean.