What if losing weight didn’t require a restricted diet of tasteless food or hours of sweating over a tiresome treadmill or even the consumption of yet another “miracle” pill claiming to instantly shed the unwanted pounds? What if in fact, losing weight meant you could eat a limitless amount of sweet satisfying food? Recent studies show that consuming “low-energy-dense” foods, like fruits are a key to calorie reduction and weight loss. Low-energy dense foods consist of mainly water and fiber, which in turn helps you stay full and thus loose weight. The weight loss fruits to favor are grapefruit, melons (watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew), berries (strawberries, raspberries and blueberries), papaya and peach. However, stay away from canned fruit. These are packed in heavy syrup and are high in energy density. Dried fruit also have four times the energy density of fresh fruit, since all the water is removed. For best results, the tastier choice is fresh, whole fruit. It will give you the least amount of calories and the highest amount of fullness and satisfaction
Another helpful food to eat in the aiding of weight loss is citrus fruits. The science behind this theory is that citrus fruits contain the essential fat fighter Vitamin C. We’ve always known vitamin C is a highly effective anti-oxidant but it can actually help to dissolve and liquefy fat to mobilize it and then rid it out of the body.
An uncommonly talked about and eaten fruit is the exotic papaya. Maybe it should be reconsidered since the weight loss secret lies in the skin of this unripe fruit. The skin contains a popular enzyme named papain. This enzyme, commonly used as a meat tenderizer, has also been used as a diet supplement for its effective aid in digestion.
The newest discovery in fruits and weight loss is the popularized acai berry. And though it’s been claimed as an “amazing weight loss secret from the Amazon” it is simply a natural combination of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, phytosterols, and amino acids that work together to help your body function better, process food easier, and burn fat more efficiently. The small berry also contains a generous amount of fiber which we now know promotes a healthy digestive system to help cleanse your system of fatty foods.
So the next time your at your at the grocery store, you can stroll right by those protein bars and meal replacement shakes and head straight for your fiber-full fruits. They’ll not only increase your energy and stamina, but also aid digestion, suppress your appetite, and boost you metabolism to help you slim down your waistline.