Obesity Not Stopped by Eating Fruit and Vegetables


Obesity is not stopped by eating more fruit and vegetables. In fact, eating too many of these can lead to weight gain. There are a number of mistakes that people make when trying to lose weight or to control their weight issues. Healthy eating is more than just getting five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Skipping meals or not eating enough is one of the biggest mistakes that people make when battling obesity. While reducing the number of calories is important, following a healthy eating plan is also essential. Cutting out too many calories can cause the metabolism to slow down. There is also the issue of people not learning more about how food is necessary for the body. Many crash diets and then go back to eating normally, which leads to gaining the weight again and more.

Skipping meals is one of the quickest options people go to cut out calories. However, three meals a day is important, and breakfast should never be skipped. Research shows that those who skip breakfast are more likely to be obese. According to WebMD it is best to eat a breakfast that has both fiber and protein, such as egg on whole-wheat toast and half a grapefruit. This is not only low in calories but filling.

Simple eating fruit and vegetables is not going to stop obesity. A person needs to think about the other food that is being eat, and the size of portions. Due to the sizes of portions in restaurants increasing, people tend to eat more at home. It does not matter whether the food is healthy or not. All food has calories, and can cause weight gain.

There are a few tricks to avoiding this weight loss mistake. The first is to weigh everything to ensure only a certain amount of calories are eaten. The second is to use a smaller plate. This gives the appearance that more food is on the plate, so a person is not tempted to eat more.

A recent study has shown that eating too much is one of the biggest problems. People may be eating more fruit and vegetables now, but they also eat more of anything and everything else. The average adult consumes 2,500 calories a day (about the daily needs for a male), but in the 1970s the average adult consumed 2,100 per day.

Mindless eating is also a cause of obesity. More people now sit in front of the TV, and eat without really realizing it. This is also the case when eating dinner. It is important to chew food fully, and really think about whether the stomach is full. It can take 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain that it is satisfied, but by then a person has eaten more than is really required.

Taking care of the mistakes will help more people lose weight. Eating less is important, but that does not mean skipping meals and not getting enough calories for the body to sustain itself. Eating fruit and vegetables is not enough to stop obesity.

By Alexandria Ingham


The Atlantic