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    Many bodybuilders and diet gurus swear by cutting out fruit as they lean out. Others use these healthy foods sparingly with good results. Since fruit is primarily a carbohydrate, many bodybuilders drop it to keep their carb intakes low. Many bodybuilders striving to get lean fear fruit due to the fructose it contains. The majority of carbohydrate in most fruits comes from two sources: glucose and fructose. The amount of each varies in different fruits, but most have more fructose than glucose. Glucose is the same structure as blood sugar or blood glucose. When you eat food with glucose in it, it's usually digested and absorbed into your blood very rapidly. Because of this, glucose is a perfect carb to eat immediately before or during a workout (as it provides quick energy) and immediately after a workout (because it replenishes muscle glycogen ? the storage form of glucose). Fructose, however, is a completely different story. Food that contains fructose takes much longer to metabolize. Muscles cannot use fructose as such. It must first be converted to glycogen in the liver. When liver glycogen levels become saturated, fructose gets converted into fat. So, fearing this conversion to fat, many bodybuilders avoid all fruit. If your carbohydrate intake is low to moderate though, eating one or two pieces of fruit a day should not be a problem for you, as far as fat storage goes. Plus, fruit provides the benefits of fiber, vitamins and phytochemicals. The best time to eat fruit is about 30 to 60 minutes before training because the glucose component will provide a fast form of energy and the fructose will keep the liver stocked with glycogen, which will help keep blood glucose levels steady during the workout. After exercise, fruit is not the best form of carbs to boost insulin (the anabolic hormone you want to increase at this time) or to replenish muscle glycogen. Opt instead for a pure glucose or maltodextrin product.

    Jim Stoppani, PHD



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    And there I was reading that entire article thinking your wrote it Mark!

    Good read. I can live without fruit.
    Please tell your boobs to quit staring at my eyes

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jaywooly
      And there I was reading that entire article thinking your wrote it Mark!

      Good read. I can live without fruit.
      lol!! I'm not that smart.


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      • #4
        lol, good post mm
        "Well done is better than well said"

        :rocker:



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        • #5
          I love apples and have been eating 2/3 of them a day (theyre fairly small-med). I guess I should cut back a little on them, but I didnt think theyd be doing too much damage WRT affecting fat loss.

          Good post Mark..

          -slide
          "When you guys get home and face an anti-war protester, look him in the eyes and shake his hand. Then, wink at his girlfriend, because she knows she's dating a pussy."

          "Carry 24/7 or guess right."

          "There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion."

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          • #6
            apples and pears are both good
            "Well done is better than well said"

            :rocker:



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            • #7
              Good post MM!

              Very informational...
              TRAIN...because it's in your blood, EAT...because you need to feed the machine...and REST to grow for the next day of INTENSITY!

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              • #8
                Absolutely Good...I think I want some fruit now..thank you!
                Heckman aka "WISE" OLD MAN

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