I've been trying to nail down a good nutrition plan. I had about a month and a half off from the gym and am trying to get back at it. I put on a little excess weight and have been trying to get back to where I was before. I've gotten sort of stuck where I am, needing to lose about 5 more lbs (currently about 135..5'4, female). In focusing on trying to lose weight, I really think I cut my calories too low....eating anywhere from 1,000-1,500. But even with that...I have still not been able to lose anymore. I read somewhere that fruit is just "nature's candy" and should be limited to only 2-4 servings a day. I would say I eat anywhere from 4-8 servings a day. Curious as to what everyone's opinion is on whether its possible to eat too much fruit. Here's basically what I eat everyday: 7:30 am 1 piece whole wheat toast (only 35 cal) w/ 1 TB of all natural crunchy PB (added this meal to help increase energy levels) 9:30 am Smoothie made w/one frozen banana, scoop of Vega sport vanilla and 8-10 oz of unsweetened almond milk 11:30 am 1/3 cup quinoa flakes (like oatmeal), with cinnamon, and 1 apple 1:30 pm protein shake - (either vega sport vanilla w/8 oz of unsweetened almond milk, vega sport berry w/water, or garden of life RAW protein w/water) 2-4 servings of fruit (2 oranges, or fresh berries/grapes/cherries) 3:30 pm 25 baby carrots 5:30 pm protein shake (vega sport berry w/water, or garden of life RAW protein w/water) or Clif protein builder bar 1-2 servings of fruit 8 pm depending on how hungry I feel: vega sport vanilla w/8 oz of unsweetened almond milk or box of westsoy seitan (equals 2.5 servings...300 cals, 52.5 some grams of protein) and a little bit of hummus I'm trying to incorporate more veggies too...today for lunch i ate 1/2 box of upton seitan with a large salad (kale, spinach, mustard greens, carrots, tomato, cucumber..no dressing). I do 40 min of weights 4 days a week and 20-30 min of cardio 3-4 times per week (one day a week I ride my bike to the gym and back- 30 min each way). I will say its only been about a week or 2 that I feel like I haven't made progress. I realize thats not long, but the first week was great. Plus, I went on vacation back in March and put on about 5 lbs and didn't feel like it was as difficult as it is now. I put on about 10 lbs in my month and a half off, and as mentioned, only need to lose about 5 more. I want to do it right tho, not cutting calories too much (I felt like I was drained come end of day when I needed to hit the gym). I do want to also add...my goal is to build muscle too. When I say "lose weight" I really just mean shedding the excess fat. Just hoping I could get some feedback on my meal plan and comments about whether or not fruit should be limited. Thanks in advance for comments!!