For those of you who are looking to change your eating habits in order to shed some excess baggage or just some help in maintaining those hard-earned pounds you’ve already lost – it’s time to get natural and fill up on these Fat Fighting fruits! These are all actually tasty and delicious so make sure you add handfuls to your diet.
My number one fruit has got to be the avocado. Most people who follow a low-carb diet fail to increase their fat content high enough to keep their bodies and metabolisms operating optimally. With 20 grams of healthy fat (monounsaturated fat) in the average fruit, the avocado not only increases metabolism but also increases test levels which is one of the main hormones responsible in fat loss for both men AND women. Avocados really do help to keep you feeling full for longer so they are essentially a natural appetite suppressant.
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apples are packed with vitamins and dietary fibre which studies have proven to be integral to reducing visceral fat. Basically – they keep you full. They are also rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients (chemical compounds) that fight free radicals (toxic by-products of oxygen metabolism). Pop one in your gym bag to stave off hunger (I always have a green apple and protein shake as my post-workout snack)
Berries (Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Cranberries and Blueberries) are all superb mini-fruits. They are low in calories but high in fibre, vitamin C and antioxidants. Humans have been gathering them for years, prehistoric fast-food if you like. Stick them on your breakfast cereal or in a smoothie and it gives you the fat busting zing you need to get going. There are even reports of some recent study findings suggesting that blueberries may influence genes which regulate or lower cholesterol. Winner!
Bananas contain a lot of fibre but are low in calories. A medium banana has just 105 calories. Not so much a fruit that burns fat but one which fills you up so you don’t eat all the naughty stuff that fills you full of empty calories. Their secret? “resistant starch” – some kind of super-starch that can apparently reduce the absorption of sugar from the foods we eat. All that and they taste epic!
Watermelon. This refreshing Summer fruit is made of 92% water but full to the brim with vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids and get this… a cup of watermelon contains less than a gram of fat. Fill your boots. It is advised that you slurp away on a melon earlier in the day if you can as its harder to digest acidic/sugary foods at night. I love adding some melon to super smoothie first thing in the morning.
6) Pomegranate Seeds
Pomegranate seeds. These pack a tasty punch sprinkled on salads or Greek yogurt and because they are low in calories, they can help add interest to your meals. Some researchers say that polyphenols, a type of antioxidant, found in pomegranates act as natural appetite suppressant (so doesn’t exactly burn fat). But they are totally proven to be really good for you as part of a healthy diet and in juice form – an easy way to have an immune system boost!
Grapefruit – one fruit that deserves to be highlighted on this list is the grapefruit. Its effects on weight control have been studied directly. Studies have shown that a compound called naringin in grapefruit could lower blood sugar and lead to reduced calories consumption. In one study, obese people who ate half a grapefruit before meals for 12 weeks lost significantly more weight than a non-grapefruit-eating control group. You either love it or hate it… personally, I love the tangy little beast.
I’m not going to claim there is such a thing as an actual fat burning food, it always comes down to maintaining a balanced and mixed healthy eating programme along with plenty of exercise. But… all the so-called fat fighting fruits above will definitely help you on your journey towards your goals, while providing a healthy boost of essential nutrients along the way. Enjoy!