Losing weight is such a challenge especially for those with a very persuasive and insistent sweet tooth. The fear of sugar consumption ruining our weight loss plans has led us to believe that all sweet things, including fruits, should be eliminated from our diets. Fortunately, there are several fruits that actually assist with fat-burning processes and aid in weight loss. These 9 fruits have shown themselves tasty and worthy of being added to your weight loss diets, no guilt involved.
This tangy fruit has been well known in the weight-loss industry since the 1980s, and recent studies that revisited this diet fad found that grapefruit really promoted weight loss. This doesn’t mean that you should now eat only grapefruit at every meal, but rather add it as an adjunct to your regular diet. In the study, individuals were made to eat half a grapefruit, drink grapefruit juice, or not consume grapefruit at all. Results showed weight loss in both groups that consumed some form of grapefruit.
Lower insulin levels were also noted in both groups that had grapefruit, suggesting that the fruit promoted stability of insulin thus preventing drastic spikes, which led to the breakdown of food to be used as energy instead of the usual bodily reaction of keeping it as fat.
An apple a day can keep the doctor away. Apparently this verse works for pounds, too. Apples contain compounds that aren’t digested in the stomach, and provide food for good bacteria found in your gut that can help with weight loss. These beneficial compounds are fiber and polyhpenols, and they keep traveling in your gut until the colon, where they are fermented and provide a food source for good bacteria, which thrives on these. The good bacteria then outnumber the bad bacteria, which consumes junk food. The resulting balance in microbes results to reduction of inflammatory processes, which prevents a lot of diseases like cardiovascular problems, degenerative joint problems and obesity, and also keep you feeling full to prevent cravings.
The key to weight loss through coconut consumption is the medium chain fatty acids that the fruit contains. These compounds are easy to digest and therefore are easily used by the body as energy, rather than fat. Coconuts also help the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. A lot of diets restrict fat so much that the body produces enzymes that make it easier for it to make fat, and the person then experiences cravings because the body needs fat for better absorption of these vitamins. Coconuts can help through its healthy components by providing the body the fat it needs but helping boost metabolism at the same time, thus preventing accumulation of fat and helping the body digest other food sources.
This exotic fruit is also known as carambola, and is native to the Malaysian peninsula as well as other Southeast Asian countries. It contains a lot of fiber, at around 5 grams per fruit, and does not have a load of calories. It is consumed on its own or in a juice, and is loaded with vitamins A and C, which help with antioxidant activity that helps fight free radicals. It also helps with cholesterol levels, and reduces the risk of developing diseases related to obesity. This makes it a very good low-calorie snack alternative for people who are trying to lose weight.
This fruit is known for its vitamin C component, which is the same reason why it helps with weight loss. The connection of vitamin C to burning more fat was shown when a study reported that when there was an inadequate level vitamin C in the body, the individual burned less fat when exercising. Once the vitamin C level was corrected, same levels of exercise promoted more fat burned during each session. This would be beneficial not only to those who exercise a lot, but also to those who just want to speed up fat metabolism as a while. If you’re aiming to lose weight, it’s time to take some oranges (and other fruits that contain a lot of vitamin C) and add it to your daily diet.
- Malabar Tamarind
The tropical fruit is also known as Garcinia cambogia, and is usually dried and used to add flavor when cooking dishes like fish, curry and meat in a similar manner to lemons, as well as added to drinks for an additional tangy taste. The active ingredient of the Malabar tamarind that assists with weight loss is HCA, or hydroxycitric acid, which was used in test tube studies and has been found to help in obstructing the storage of fat. In another study wherein animals were tested and were given HCA, suppression in appetite was noted.
These small fruits can give big benefits to any diet. First of all, they are naturally sweet, which trumps any form of artificially sweetened snack any time. They also contain fiber, which isn’t digested in the body and helps the body with faster metabolism. Berries are also known to contain anthocyanins, which have been found to help a lot of bodily processes that prevent disease, as well as control and prevent weight gain and obesity. Use these tasty treats to substitute the usual to-go snack, and see your body gradually become healthier and slimmer.
This fruit is known for its capability to aid in gut motility, and is recommended to people who have constipation and other gut problems. It doesn’t contain a lot of calories, and has a sweet and pleasant taste that isn’t too strong for the palate. Papaya contains antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C, as well as calcium and iron, making any meal with papaya a powerhouse of nutrition. As established, vitamin C helps burn fat, but one specific thing papaya helps with in weight loss is its ability to fight off cellulite, which is a goal to any person trying to shed off weight.
The key ingredient to pomegranates is the polyphenols, which are proven to assist weight loss through quicker metabolism. Pomegranates also help curb appetite, making it a good choice for a quick snack or as a salad topping for lunch. They are small but have a surprisingly high fiber content, making it a good addition to sustainable weight loss plans. As a bonus, pomegranates help burn fat and give your immune system a quick boost, as it is also a good source of vitamin C.