Fruits For Weight Loss: Friends Or Foe?

by Charlene Flanagan

Whether you’re on a diet or not, eating fruits seems like the most harmless thing ever. Healthy—that’s the word you’d associate with them. Can you ever imagine staring at an apple, wondering if it’s making you put on weight? Our guess is, of course not.

That’s the thing with vegetables, too. Much like how healthy foods, when eaten in large portions, are detrimental to weight loss, fruits should come with a fine print for weight watchers. There is indeed a right and wrong way to eat them.

Fruits On An Empty Stomach? Advantage: Weight Loss
Naturally high in fiber, fruits enable healthy bowel movement. The fiber from fruit also helps deal with bad cholesterol and controls blood sugar, which means that your body takes time absorbing sugars.

Most fruits are rich in vitamins A, C, E and K (antioxidants), and many of the B vitamins. Eating fruit also means your body receives a sizable amount of the minerals you need.

However, one must consume them on an empty stomach. The simple sugars contained in fruit need time to be completely absorbed by your body. When fruits are eaten alone, your stomach can more easily process all of the nutrients, fibre and the simple sugars contained in the fruit.

In terms of weight loss, having them as a mid-meal snack to keep your metabolism and energy levels up is the way to go. It prevents unhealthy snacking and keeps your calorie count in check, while providing fuel to your body.

Fruits For Dessert? Bad Idea
The thing is, even though fruits are healthy they’re packed with natural sugars that are indeed calorific. Mangoes, grapes, raisins, figs and the likes have even more calories than some others.

Eating fruits for dessert or as an extension to a meal is a sneaky way your calories can pile up. Also, fructose (fruit sugar) doesn’t exactly make you feel full, so you’re sure to go back for seconds without even realizing it.

So the next time you decide to help yourself to an apple after a meal, hold that thought for about two hours, and then bite into it.

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