Instagram feeds, magazine covers, WhatsApp status- not a day goes by when we do not come across diet plans, before and after pictures, or fitness journeys making it at the top of our social feeds. We compare and compete with anyone and just about everyone when it comes to being fit. Although we set dates, plan minutely, and keep ourselves motivated in the early days of our diet plan, it all falls apart when we set our eyes of the street food or are reminded of our guilty pleasure, the good old chocolate bar. What if I told you there was an easy way out minus the tasting meal times? What if I told you fruits can help you lose weight? Pretty odd, right? But it isn’t too good to be true. Sit back and relax as I take care of all your food problems and make this a rather interesting juicy affair!
Let’s break down five fruits and their benefits in losing weight:
Filled with the goodness of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, folate, and fiber, these small brown fruits with juicy green flesh are a treat to feast on. It not only improves cholesterol but also has your blood sugar in control. (Kiwi has a low glycemic index).Due to high dietary fiber, it helps in controlling your weight and decreases satiation.
When you go bananas over a plethora of dietary plans to make your, trust bananas to take over the job from you. While bananas raise eyebrows for being more calorie-dense than other fruits, most people don’t realize its more nutrients dense as well like Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese,Fiber along with numerous antioxidants. Low to medium glycemic levels helps to make it a perfect choice for a quick snack session. Studies have shown that eating a banana a day resulted in reduced blood sugar and cholesterol.
Low in calories and high in fiber, each large apple of 223g, has around 116 calories and 5.4g of fiber. Studies have shown apples are almost three times as filling as a chocolate bar. Researchers have found apple juice to have significant results in reducing body fat compared to commercial drinks for the same purpose. Besides, apple polyphenol extracts are known for reducing cholesterol levels. Eat it raw or through a straw, apple goes with everything from yogurt, stews, salads, and even pies!
A personal favorite and at number four, we have good old Pineapple! One of the most common and beloved tropical fruit, it features in everything, from pizza toppings to fruit salads. It has thiamine, Magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, riboflavin, iron, and copper. This super fruit caters to the taste buds while keeping in check blood pressure. It is also known to improve hair and skin, aid digestion, and heal inflammation. Worth the time peeling it!
Perhaps the most underestimated and yet favorite fruit of all times is coconut. Low calorie, easy on the stomach and easy availability-tender coconut will save you the stress of eating healthy on a busy day. Packed with bio-active enzymes that boost metabolism, it has a low concentration of carbohydrates and makes you full. It is filled with vitamins and minerals and helps hydrate your body. Drinking coconut water on an empty stomach each morning facilitates weight loss. This should, however, be done in moderation to maintain a healthy body balance.
The first thing that we need to acknowledge is the power your diet holds in your life. Yes, exercise is important but it all starts at home, more specifically in your kitchen. Just like small changes in habits helps you change your lifestyle, small changes in the kitchen helps you change your body and save money! Fruits help you lower body weight, helps to detox, and improve body conditions like the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart diseases. With low calorie, essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients change your go-to destination when you are hangry!