The Power of Fruit!

 

Most people assume that all fruit is the same in terms of its health benefits.

 

But there are certain fruits that are higher in fiber and pectin, both natural fat burners that can help boost your metabolism. Not to mention that certain fruits are lower in sugar than others. So, what I’m telling you is that all fruits are not created equal in nutritional value. Let me share the fruits that are better for your health and your waistline. You may be surprised at some of the fruits that I will share that will help expedite weight loss!

 

Apples

 

Did you know apples are one of the best fruits to help you lose weight? I eat an apple daily because it is a super fruit—high in fiber and low in calories. Apples contain vitamins and minerals as well as fiber. These can all help you to lose weight in a variety of ways.

 

Make sure you eat your apple a day to a slimmer you!

 

Pears

 

Pears are super weight loss fruits that pack plenty of fiber. In fact, most fruits pale in comparison to the amount of fiber that a pear provides! The high fiber content helps you to feel full, which aids weight loss. This is also a cholesterol-lowering and heart-healthy fruit due to its potassium content!

 

Bananas

 

I love bananas because they are an easily portable fruit, they’re healthy and they taste great! Bananas are high in both fiber and potassium, which can help aid in weight loss. Bananas also are the only fruit that is a high source of vitamin B6; a single serving has more than 30% of the recommended daily amount!

 

Vitamin B6 helps to boost your immunity and may lower your risk of heart disease. So, enjoy a banana with breakfast or on the go to better your waistline and your immune system!

 

Blueberries

 

Blueberries are a special fruit with one of the highest antioxidant levels. Blueberries combat the factors that result in metabolic syndrome. This means that they take on insulin resistance, hypertension, obesity and cholesterol. According to a recent study at the Texas Women’s University (TWU), blueberries fight fat cells. It’s hard to imagine that such a tiny fruit can deliver such astonishing results. Grab a handful of blueberries to better your health!

 

Strawberries

 

Strawberries are a great weight loss fruit because they promote the production of the hormones adiponectin and leptin, both of which are fat-burning hormones and metabolic boosters. This results in a higher metabolism when eaten in moderation along with a healthy, balanced diet. Just make sure you don’t forget to exercise as well.

 

Strawberries also have anti-inflammatory enzymes, which can help heal internal injuries or even tissue damage.

 

Kiwis

 

I love kiwis because you can eat them from their shell and they have a sweet and sour taste. Did you know kiwi fruit is great for weight loss because it is literally filled with fiber? You may have wondered what those black seeds in kiwi are. All those little black seeds combine for a good dose of insoluble fiber, which aids digestion. But kiwi fruit also offers soluble fiber, providing bulk that promotes the feeling of fullness, which is great for those looking to lose weight. Kiwi is a great super fruit that you should eat when in season!

 

Grapefruit

 

Remember the grapefruit diet? Okay, maybe eating grapefruit all day is not the best thing for your health. In fact, this is not a well- balanced diet at all. But the good news is that there is truth to eating grapefruit as a fat-fighter.

 

In fact, research shows that by eating a half a grapefruit before a meal, you can increase your weight loss.

 

Grapefruit is low in calories—with just 37 calories in a half a grapefruit! Have half a grapefruit with your breakfast to rev your metabolic rate and achieve your weight loss goals for summer!

 

Peach

 

Peaches are an ideal fruit for a low calories diet. One peach contains a high amount of fiber, potassium and it is full of vitamins. Several studies have shown that peaches are a good source of antioxidants that explain the health benefits that come with peach consumption. Therefore, you can be assured that this fruit will help flush out your body and get it to the tip-top shape.

 

Coconut

 

Coconut is a very delicious and filling snack that can satisfy your sweet tooth in a time of crisis. You can consume it as coconut oil, water, milk, flour and even as dry fruit. It contains chains of triglycerides that raise the metabolic rate of the liver up to 30%, therefore helping you lose weight.

 

Although many people stay clear of coconuts because they are high in saturated fats, they don’t realize that the saturated fat in coconuts is completely different from the saturated fat that we all try to avoid. For example, coconut oil is a fat that is made up of medium chain fatty acids that and is not stored in our bodies as fat!

 

Pomegranate

 

According to a study from the University of Carolina, the polyphenols antioxidants in pomegranates boost the body’s metabolism. In addition, they stop the accumulation of the arterial lipid and lower your appetite. It’s a super fruit when it comes to weight loss! Pomegranates additionally reduce LDL cholesterol, remove harmful toxins and increase the blood flow in the body. All that hard work that it takes to eat this fruit actually pays off!

 

How will you eat all these super fruits to help you lose weight? I like to combine a little of each of these fruits in my own fruit salad to help fuel my workouts. Hope you enjoy as you slim down and shape up!

 

Tara

Tara Zimliki is a nationally recognized weight loss expert, personal trainer, health coach, health writer and founder of Tara’s Bootcamp, the Premiere Bootcamp of New Jersey. Tara also runs her own blog, funfitmama.com