Fruit is a natural and healthy food. Full of vitamins and minerals fruit is an excellent choice to include in any diet aimed at weight loss. Weight loss can be obtained by reducing the body’s calorie intake or by causing the body to burn up calories. The best way is a sensible combination; diet and exercise.
Fruits have a high fibre content that helps digestion and will make you feel fuller much longer. This helps you in cutting down in the quantity of food you will want to eat. Fruits are generally low in calories. These calories are in the form of fructose, an easily absorbed sugar that can be quickly burned up with some exercise. There are several fruits that are considered particularly helpful in weight loss diets.
Apples; like most fruits these have high fibre content. Easy to eat and available all year round, the apple makes a good filler food.
Grapefruit; not only is the grapefruit low in calories; it also has a fat burning effect. Regular consumption of grapefruit or grapefruit juice lowers the body’s insulin level and helps with weight loss.
Cantaloupe or Honeydew melons; a fruit with a high water content and low fat content, melons are rich in vitamins, phytochemicals and anti-oxidants.
Pears; one of the fruits with the highest fibre content, the pear’s gritty fibres will act against growths in the colon. Pears also have a cholesterol lowering effect.
Apricots; these are low calorie fruits, that are tasty either fresh or dried, and aid the immune system. Apricots are a good source of carotene.
Avocados; this fruit is packed with vitamins. Although an avocado has a higher calorific value in comparison to other fruits, it has lots of monosaturated fats that lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. This is helpful in weight loss diets.
Pomegranates; these are another fruit, high in anti oxidants, found to be good at reducing the retention of LDL cholesterol.
Blueberries; a fruit considered to be a super food due to the amount of health benefits that it proportions.
A successful diet should be well planned and followed through. Fresh fruit is an effective food, not only in losing weight through a low calorie, high fibre diet, but also in maintaining that weight loss.