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10 Best Fruits for Weight Loss

When on a program to lose weight, we are invariably told to include a ‘lot of fruits in our diet.  Fruits are important to shed weight as they keep us slim, give us nutrition, and also fight bad cholesterol and diseases. Nutrient-dense fruits are high in water, and fibre and help us to remain satiated for a longer time. Fruit is organic produce, nature’s way of giving you vitamins, nutrients and minerals. Low in calories, they give you a healthy life.  These 10 fruits are perfect on your slimming plate.

Rosy apples

Whichever type of apple you pick you will always win. Enjoy them raw or consume them cooked, this fruit is rich in nutrients and beta-carotene, low in calories and high in fibre.  Apples support you in the quest for weight loss and lower your BMI. The fibre in the apples fills you up so that you feel satiated for a longer time and avoid binging. Eat the whole apple with the skin for the full benefit. Having apple juice has also shown results.

Weight-watcher melons

Once again they are low in calories and have a high water content which makes this your best-friendly fruit to lose weight. It is also high in fibre and rich in vitamins and other nutrients, especially antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lycopene (which reduces oxidative stress). Have it in a salad or enjoy a cool plate of melons with chaat masala, this fruit will keep you hydrated and help to shed weight. Just bear in mind melons have a high GI so control your portions.

Did you know that watermelons are rich in belly-fat-burning amino acids called arginine? It is also rich in potassium which helps the normal heart and muscular function.

Juicy oranges

We all know that oranges are high in vitamin C which is needed for the healing and growth of important tissues in the body. The fibre content is what makes one feel fuller which in turn prevents binging. However, try and eat the whole fruit instead of having the juice. And if you are having orange juice with pulp, skip the sugar. Oranges are rich in potassium and contain cancer-fighting limonoids.

Creamy bananas

Bananas have wrongly earned a bad reputation when it comes to shedding weight, but wait, the GI (glycemic index) ranges from low to medium GI, which helps these fruits to regulate weight. This could also help control insulin levels. However, those who are suffering from diabetes should consult a dietician before consuming more bananas.

But yes, this fruit is calorie-dense more than other fruits, also more nutrient-dense and gives an abundant supply of potassium, magnesium, manganese, numerous antioxidants, and vitamins A, B6, and C. Research shows that consuming a banana reduces both, blood sugar and also bad cholesterol.

Khatta limes

Usually used as a squeeze over savoury dishes or to garnish as a side hustle to a dish, limes are rich in flavonoids, antioxidants, and limonoids (reduces cancer) making them important for digestive processes.  As it is known to be rich in vitamin C, limes make for a good detox. Go slim…

For all those oval-shaped yellow micro-size fruits, lemon is also great for shedding weight. Rich in vitamin C it is said that a single lemon can give you an entire daily requirement of vitamin C. Abundant in citrus, limonoids hinder cancer cells, particularly in the colon and the breast. Drink lemon tea/water to maintain your metabolism rate.

Zesty grapefruits

Grapefruit is mostly associated with dieting and weight loss. The good news is that it has a low GI which means sugar is released into your bloodstream more slowly helping your weight loss regime. It improves cholesterol levels and is known to reduce body fat. It makes a healthy snack.

It is rich in phytochemicals and vitamin C, both of which fight diseases and burn tummy fat. Start your day with half a wedge of this fruit can reduce your waist circumference.

Wild guavas

Guavas help maintain blood sugar levels and are good for diabetics. High in fibre, it tends to increase the feeling of fullness thus preventing you from snacking on junk.  Helps digestion and hence it also helps bowel movements. They are also rich in vitamin C, lycopene and antioxidants, all of which help in preventing cancer.

Cheeky strawberries

Strawberries are absolutely yummy and the most nutritious fruits as they are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C.  They are also responsible for raising the levels of HDL or good fat in the body. Blend them in with your fruit smoothies, throw them in your dahi, or mix them with your oatmeal porridge and get the maximum benefit from these fat-cutting fruits.

Vibrant pomegranates

The juicy ruby-like pomegranate contains those amazing anti-obesity nutrients such as tannins, anthocyanins, and polyphenols. Pomegranates are known to reduce fat. Flavonoids (antioxidants) also help to reduce blood pressure levels. Sprinkle it on your salad and hey shed weight!

Eating fruits as they are is considered more nutritious than juices as water dilutes the nutrients.

But, on the other hand, fruit juices keep your body hydrated and satiated for longer.

If your body is being deprived of certain foods these fruits help by meeting the daily nutrition needs to keep the body’s metabolism fantastic.

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