First off, let’s just state that all fruit is healthy. Some people worry out the sugar content, but fruit sugar (fructose) is not something you should be concerned about. The nutritional value of fruits is not in their sugar but their lack of calories, lack of fats and all their good things, including dietary fiber, vitamins, folate, minerals and antioxidants. Having said that, not all fruits are equal and there are some that are better to increase your intake of when you’re trying to lose weight.
Watermelon is one of the absolute best fruits for weight loss. Though it tastes delicious and fruity, watermelon, as the name might suggest, is actually made up of 90% water. This means a filling 100g serving of the fruit only contains about 30 calories! It is also rich in something called arginine, which is an amino acid that helps to burn fat. Watermelon is perfect for keeping you hydrated and encouraging the pounds to shed!
Though apples are often overlooked today in favor of trendier and more exotic fruits, they actually possess of some of the best benefits that fruit can offer. One medium sized apple has no fat, no sodium and will only set you back around 50 calories. They can also make your teeth whiter, reduce certain cancer risks, boost your immune system and keep your heart on a healthy track.
Mostly associated with India and Portugal, the delicious guava fruit is packed full of important health benefits. Guavas are incredibly high in fiber and also make for effective weight loss due to their low glycemic index. This low glycemic index also makes guava a great choice for diabetics, and thanks to the high fiber, the fruit will help to keep your bowel movements healthy and regular, which really aids overall weight loss.
Just a single pear can meet one whole quarter of your body’s daily fiber requirement, and this makes them great for your digestive system. Pears have also been proven to be able to reduce cholesterol levels and work against type II diabetes and the risk of coronary heart diseases. The high fiber content of a pear means that you stay feeling fuller for longer, which is something that is really important when it comes to dieting.
Containing just 105 calories per fruit, bananas are the perfect source for a quick and longer lasting energy boost during the day, beating in health and diet terms any pre-packaged diet bars or workout snacks that you could buy. Bananas are also great for helping to regulate your blood pressure, preventing too much acidity in your system and easing muscle cramps.
Yes, that’s right, I’m counting tomato as a fruit, not a vegetable! It is an argument that can divide many, but something that is undeniable is the positive effect that tomatoes can have on a diet. First of all, they are delicious, secondly, they reduce water retention and thirdly, they are chock full of beneficial antioxidants. Another really important fact is that tomatoes work to reverse leptin resistance, and leptin is a protein within the body that actively prevents the body from losing weight.
We all love the juicy, summer taste of an orange, and with only 47 calories in a 100g serving of the fruit, it is pretty much the perfect snack to be diving in to if you are trying to lose weight and follow a quite strict diet plan. An orange’s natural sweetness will also help to curb sugary cravings for unhealthy snacks.
I love all fruits and will eat them in all guises except smoothies (something I have to confess I really, really detest), so it’s easy for me to increase my intake when I want to cut down on other foods. If your favorite fruit isn’t on the list, don’t fret. As I said, all fruit is good for you, so just eat more of your favorites. Which are?