The general saying is that ‘fruits aid weight loss’ — but that’s wrong. Not all fruit is created equal – fruits with high level of sugar promote weight gain. But certain fruits when consumed in the right amounts, does bring on weight loss.
One example is Papaya — it has an enzyme called papaine which promotes the faster transit of food through the gut, helping to shed the pounds.
Fitness Republic recently came up with an infographic showing the 15 fruits which are beneficial for weight loss. Backing the infographic, Liana Bonadio, Nutritionist at NutriCentre.com said: ‘Fruit is a great thing to snack on if you’re watching your weight, but it has had somewhat of a bad rep by the sugar police recently.’
‘Fruit does contain natural sugars but as you’re eating it as a whole fruit, as opposed to a juice or smoothie, the fibre will help you absorb the sugars more slowly, making it more healthy.’ ‘Fruit is great for a quick guilt-free sweet fix but be careful to limit your portion size and stick to two portions of fruit a day. Try adding some protein in the form of nuts and seeds to slow down the absorbtion of sugars further.’
The trick is to soak the dried fruit first so that it gets to absorb more water. That way it fills you up more, and you end up eating less. Nonetheless, take only two servings of fruit in a day, and always balance it up with a protein and/or fat component. It’ll help stabilize your blood sugar levels, leading to weight loss.
Furthermore, eating protein and good fats, will keep you fuller for longer.
For avocado fans this is the time to rejoice. The creamy fruit, is loaded with good fats. Therefore, it boosts the metabolic rate as well as ups testosterone production, the hormone that helps in weight loss in both men and women.
Fruits rich in fibre are great for a mid-morning snack. Having a pear or an apple — will make you feel fuller for longer, hence aiding weight loss. To get more fiber have them unpeeled.
Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants thus help rid the body of toxins that lead to weight gain. Bananas contain loads of soluble fibre that curbs the desire to eat comfort foods. Having banana with breakfast helps better your waistline and your immune system.
Having dry fruits along with fresh fruits help burn excess fat and reduces cholesterol. Eat coconut and you’ll feel fuller for longer. Moreover, coconuts increase the liver’s rate of metabolism by up to 30 per cent.
Lemons help detoxify liver. Have a glass of lemon juice and water first thing in the morning to prevent fat accumulation.
Grapefruit has high water content thus helps increase feelings of fullness while providing very low calories.
Pomegranate packs plenty of antioxidants which enable the body to flush out unwanted toxins. Moreover, it curbs your appetite.
Eating oranges cut an appreciable amounts of calories from your diet as well as keeps your body well hydrated.
Papain, an enzyme found in papayas helps faster transit of food through the gut, in turn promote weight loss.
Tomatoes are loaded with Vitamin C and lycopene, which stimulates the production of carnitine, an amino acid that speeds up the body’s fat burning process.
Have filling fruits like cantaloupes — or a cup of melon, which contains only 60 calories, and keeps you full for a long time.
Peaches are another fruit that keeps the calories low. They contain lots of antioxidants and help flush toxins out of your body.