Woman Holding Fruit and Vegetable - Do not Need to eat for weight lossI have a big family. Both my parents grew up on dairy farms in northern Wisconsin. And as you may know, farming families tend to be big, because they need a lot of people to work the farm.  And yet, you may find it very strange that there is a large segment of my family that hates eating vegetables.

Then I realized, how many men I talk to that really do not like the taste of vegetables. I often hear questions like, “to lose weight, do I have to eat vegetables?” Everyone does not like vegetables. When the typical weight loss guru talks to people that desperately want to lose weight, nearly the first thing that these “experts” are going to say, is “eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.” That is poor advice to someone who considers vegetables about as tasty as castor oil.

The good news is that you can lose weight without eating vegetables. Remember the Fat Loss Formula?  The Fat Loss Formula guarantees that if you eat less calories than your body needs, you will enjoy weight loss. You will burn belly fat. The Fat Loss Formula does not say anything about what type of food. It is all about the number of calories you eat.

Let me explain to you why they keep telling you to eat fruits and vegetables. In an article called “Can eating fruits and vegetables help people to manage their weight?” by the CDC,  the explanation is very simple. (By the way, you don’t have to read this report since I already have).  Here is why fruits and vegetables help with weight loss. Fruits and vegetables have a very low calorie density. That means that for a given volume of food, as measured in cups, milliliters, or tablespoons (not weight), there are relatively fewer calories in fruits and vegetables.

Your body feels satisfied when you are full, right? Your desire for food gets shut down when your stomach signals that it has reached its volume limit. That means, when you eat and give your stomach a big volume of food, your brain tells you that you are not hungry anymore. And further, if this food contains less calories in volume (than the meals you have been eating), you win. You will lose weight.  It is that simple.

There are a few types of food that will typically give you less calories for a given volume of food. In an article entitled “How to Lose Weight If You Dislike Vegetables? ” by Katarina Fitzpatrick, she gives a lot of suggestions for what you can do, if you dislike vegetables.

  • Substitute vegetables high in potassium with fruits that are also high in potassium. Many people feel better taking potassium during weight-loss programs to help with fatigue or weakness. Instead of eating broccoli, peas, lima beans, tomatoes and potatoes, substitute oranges, bananas, apples and dried apricots.
  • Increase water consumption to help you feel full longer, boost your energy levels and increase your metabolism by eating fruits that are also high in water content. Instead of eating vegetables such as cucumbers, celery, lettuce and tomatoes, try eating cherries, melon, grapes, pineapple, mango and papaya.
  • Add more legumes (meaning beans) into your diet. Legumes contain high amounts of fiber, as well as protein, to help you feel full longer. These include lima, kidney, garbanzo and pinto beans, as well as lentils and edamame.

My recommendation is to eat more protein – hard boiled eggs, chicken, fish, lean meat. A lean hamburger without the bun is also a reasonable option. There is nothing wrong with eating meat, and makes you feel full with not a large calorie load.

So right now, think about your next meal. Rather than passing up vegetables or fruit and eating a high calorie density meal (like burger, fries and milk shake), decide what alternative to that meal you will eat when that craving for junk food happens. Let me know what you decide to eat in the comments below.