These fruits are great if you are trying to lose weight. Find a few that you like and use them for snacks or even mix them up for a great tasting salad. If you do nothing else, eating these nutrient rich fruits will make a very positive change in your diet and help you meet your weight loss goal.
Apricots – Apricots are great cooked, raw, or dried. If you’ve never tried them before, these great recipes will help you get started. Apricots are usually available mid-February through mid-August.
Apples – An apple a day really can keep the doctor away! They are free of fat, sodium, and cholesterol and at only 80 calories each they are the perfect fat burning snack.
Avocado – Avocados help you burn fat because the mono-unsaturated fatty acids they contain are easily used as fuel during exercise and encourage fat blasting. They also contain mannoheptulose which is a type of sugar which slows the release of insulin and encourages the absorption of calcium. These actions are critical for fat burning. But it gets even better. Avocados actually help prevent heart disease and might even be useful for the treatment of fertility problems. Their nutrient load includes vitamins E, K, and B6 and when you throw in the fiber, you have a fat burning superstar.
Bananas – The key to making bananas part of your fat burning regimen is to eat the ones that are slightly green. Slightly green bananas are high in resistant starch (12.5 grams) and works perfectly if you are trying to cut carbs. Ripe bananas are much lower in resistant starch and thus not suitable for our purposes. (If you don’t like slightly green bananas, put them in a smoothie and you won’t know the difference.)
Cantaloupe – Cantaloupe has only 50 calories per 6 ounce slice plus it is loaded with Vitamin A and Vitamin C. For best flavor, let it sit out at room temperature for a few days before slicing.
Cherries – When choosing cherries, pick out the biggest ones you can find. They should also be hard, dark, and glossy and they should also have fresh, green stems.
Figs – Figs are an underutilized fat burning food. They are as delicious as they are versatile so if you are looking to sweeten things up a bit, try them today.
Gambooge Fruit (Garcinia cambogia) – This new superfood contains hydroxycitric acid which prevents and enzyme from turning sugar into fat. This is the one to watch and I think we’ll see a lot more of it in the future.
Grapefruit – Grapefruit contains naringin which is a chemical that reduces your insulin level and prevents the storage of fat. In fact, studies have shown that you can lose about 4 pounds over 3 months by simply drinking 3 glasses of grapefruit juice a day or eating half a grapefruit a day – without doing anything else. There is one hitch and that is that grapefruit could interfere with some medications so if in doubt please talk to your doctor of pharmacist first.
Lemons – When you buy lemons, pick out the brightest & most yellow ones you can find. If they have weird spots or if they seem a bit shriveled you should pass on them.
Mangoes – If you’ve never had a mango then you are really missing out. They taste like a cross between pineapple and pear and they go great with just about anything. If you crave something tropical, grab a mango!
Oranges – For weight loss purposes you should be eating the orange, not just drinking the juice. These babies contain folacin, potassium, niacin, calcium, and magnesium, lots of fiber PLUS you’ll be getting 140% of your recommended allowance for vitamin C.
Papaya – Papayas are packed with vitamin C and they have a good dose of vitamin A as well. You might be interested to learn that you can use papaya to tenderize meat and in fact, it is the main ingredient in most meat tenderizers.
Pears – Naturally delicious, pears have no cholesterol, saturated fat, or sodium. One pear has only 81 calories so eat all you want, these babies are good for you. Studies have proven that eating three pears a day (skin on) can help reduce your overall calorie intake thus causing you to lose weight.
Peaches – Peaches are a member of the rose family. They are high in fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A. Better yet, one peach has only 66 calories making them a dieter’s delight.
Pineapple – Good pineapples should have a pleasant, fragrant smell and be somewhat heavy for their size.
Plums – Plums are said to be good for all kinds of ailments ranging from constipation to diabetes. Overflowing with nutrients, they are among the very best foods you can eat. It is said that plums were introduced to Greece by Alexander the Great!
Pomegranates – Here is the deal with pomegranates – The seeds inside are super sweet and delicious but it is a little work to get to them.
Prunes – Although prunes are really just dried plums, their concentrated fiber and unique taste are legendary. Don’t be afraid to give them a try, your colon will love you!
Watermelon – Watermelon is a great fat burning food because it contains a lot of water and fills you up quickly. In addition to vitamins A and C it contains lycopene which is said to combat prostate cancer.