It depends on the amount you are consuming, and the frequency.
It is unlikely you will gain weight on vegetables. You might think “potato”; of course, you will gain weight on potatoes, especially if you cook them and release their sugar, which will cause a problem with your blood sugars.
But if you consider, for example, leafy greens, 7 cups of a salad with other vegetables, would only give you 10.8 grams of carbs. That is very low! But 7 grams of that is fiber, so we’re really talking 3.8 grams net carbs. The sugar content is also very low.
You just cannot gain weight on this because the fiber does not affect your insulin. You cannot eat enough fiber, because of its bulk, to eat too many carbs.
You may get bloating or fluid retention that could result in weight gain, but it is not fat. If you are not used to consuming vegetables, and you are suddenly gaining weight, it is a digestive issue. Reduce the number of vegetables. You may have an overgrowth of bacteria in your small intestine, called SIBO.
Dr. Berg has several videos on SIBO. Here is one, Get Rid of SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth) With Intermittent Fasting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkq_asOwBjU
What about fruits, will they cause you to gain weight? Absolutely, but it depends on the amount and frequency that you eat them.
If you’re snacking on fruit, you will gain weight. Five years ago Dr. Berg cut out fruit and went from 211 pounds to 180 pounds.
In the past, there was wild watermelon, wild bananas, wild carrots, wild corn, and wild peaches with completely different carbohydrate and sugar levels then you see now. As well, there were wild apples, called crab apples, which were very tart without much fructose. You could literally chip a tooth biting into one because it was so dense with fiber.
Over the years, growers have changed our fruit to make them sweeter, with more sugar, resulting in more fructose. One apple contains 19 grams of sugar. That is a lot! The problem is that apple, pears and melons have at least 60% is fructose.
Fructose is metabolized by your liver, which can lead to insulin resistance and belly fat. Fruits do contain vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, which will protect you against sugar, but you will gain weight if you consume too much fruit, especially the apple and the pear.
If we compare that to actual table sugar, table sugar only has 50% fructose these fruit have more fructose than actual table sugar.
In nature fruit comes seasonally so fruit originally was only at certain times of the year and it definitely did not contain the amount of fructose that it has now.
Yes, potentially you can gain weight and fruit but not on vegetables.
This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video, Is it Possible to Gain Weight on Fruits and Vegetables? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tLHZE6LfPY
Dr. Berg is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.
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