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Cutting Vegatables

Guys,

Currently 22 weeks out…

Is eating Cucumber ok as a veg option?I am also eating Kale,Broccoli and Green peppers too?

Protein at the moment is chicken and turkey

i think cutting out the veggies would be a HUGE mistake. Lots of good nutrients and fiber in those that will keep you healthy while your on a caloric deficit.

[quote]Delta31 wrote:
Guys,

Currently 22 weeks out…

Is eating Cucumber ok as a veg option?I am also eating Kale,Broccoli and Green peppers too?

Protein at the moment is chicken and turkey[/quote]

no vegetable or fruit is a bad option.

Fiber + micronutrients are awesome

No food is really going to kill your progress as long as you stay within your macros.

I’ve heard people cutting fruit - I thought even that was stupid.

But cutting vegetables!? They hardly contain any calories, they’re basically bundles of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are essential if you want to perform your best. I think it would be ill-advised to cut them out, and I can’t see what you’d gain by doing so.

[quote]alternate wrote:
I’ve heard people cutting fruit - I thought even that was stupid.

But cutting vegetables!? They hardly contain any calories, they’re basically bundles of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are essential if you want to perform your best. I think it would be ill-advised to cut them out, and I can’t see what you’d gain by doing so.[/quote]

Definitely. Veggies should be consumed in large amounts, regardless of goals. If you think cutting veggies to hit your macros is a good idea, something is seriously fudged up in your nutrition/training. Veggies will only be beneficial by keeping cells healthy, reducing acidity of the body(results in increased inflammation), healthy digestion and the countless other benefits vitamins and minerals provide.

Fruit and veggies are basically water, no need to cut them out.

Apples are about 84 percent water, according to the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Kentucky. A banana is 74 percent water. Blueberries are 85 percent water. Cherries are 81 percent water. Grapes are 81 percent water. A grapefruit is 91 percent water. A pineapple is 87 percent water. Watermelon is 92 percent water. A plum is 85 percent water. Raspberries are 87 percent water. Strawberries are 92 percent water.

Broccoli is 91 percent water. Green cabbage is 93 percent water, while red cabbage is 92 percent water. Carrots are 87 percent water. Celery, cucumber and iceberg lettuce are all especially high in water content, with 95, 96 and 96 percent, respectively. Eggplant is 92 percent water. Peas and potatoes both have 79 percent water. Red tomatoes have 94 percent water, while green tomatoes are 93 percent water. Spinach is 92 percent water.

Yep hammer down the green veggies, only do good things