by Kevin DiDonato, MS, CSCS, CES
Weight loss should be simple, right?
Well, I’m here to tell you that it is! Sort of…
I mean, you already know that weight loss is a simple equation of burning more calories than you are eating.
And this can come from a variety of means.
For example, you may cut calories in order to lose weight (not too many though because that leads to starvation)…
Or you may keep your calories consistent, and utilize exercise to burn extra calories…
But then again, you may use a combination of the two (exercise and moderate calorie restriction) to ultimately lose your extra padding.
Whichever way you do it, in order for you to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you are taking in.
Now, people often ask what fruits they should eat in order to burn fat and lose weight.
Well, here is a short list of the top THREE…
Top Three Fruits for Weight Loss
Now, fruit – and not fruit juice I should add – may be the best low-calorie, low-fat food to enjoy to get even greater gains (eh, loss) in your weight.
Well, there are many different reasons.
First, whole fruit – like apples, oranges, and berries – contain few calories (some 100 calories and under for a one-cup serving), have plenty of fiber, and contain vitamins and minerals that are necessary for your body (you know, keeping homeostasis in your body).
Secondly, when paired with a protein, fruits may provide a great balance of nutrients that enables the amino acids in protein to travel inside your muscles and get the job done (that is muscle growth and repair)!
Plus, fruit may suppress your appetite all because of the fiber and high water content.
All that aside, fruit is a much better alternative than high-calorie, nutrient dense sweet and processed snack foods.
So what are the best three?
Here they are:
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Gee, bananas must be a really healthy fruit!”?
Well if you have, you would be right!
Bananas are low in calories (100 calories) and have plenty of fiber and resistant starches.
Resistant starches are carbohydrates that – once in your body – act like dietary fiber.
Why? Resistant starches are NOT broken down by normal digestion, which could add plenty of appetite-suppressing benefits.
Plus, bananas contain a TON of vitamins and minerals such as potassium and others.
And, bananas may also help your body burn MORE fat!
Although mangos are full of sugar – and should be enjoyed in moderation – they should still be considered a fat-fighting fruit!
Mangos contain roughly 130 calories, plus roughly THREE grams of fat-busting fiber!
Not to mention they are filled with vitamins A and C, which are powerful vitamins for fighting off nasty cold and flu viruses, as well as protecting against the harmful effects of free radicals.
Low in calories, but FULL of nutrition, grapes are a perfect, healthy snack to include in any weight loss plan!
You may be asking about calories – ONE cup of grapes contains roughly 100 calories.
And, they are essentially a fat free food!
Plus, grapes contain plenty of vitamin C and others that are essential for improving health!
The best choice between red or green grapes = red grapes! They contain more antioxidants (like resveratrol) which have been shown to improve many aspects of health and wellness.
Perfect Snack Foods
Losing weight – in simple terms – is burning more calories than you are taking in.
Now, there is a lot more to it than that, but this is a pretty good starting point for most weight loss programs.
If you’re a person who enjoys sweets or calorie-laden snack foods, you should try substituting these THREE fruits in place of one of your favorite sweet or snack.
Not only can these three foods satisfy your sweet tooth, but they may even reduce your caloric intake.
And this could equal EVEN MORE weight loss!
Oh, by the way, there is one more fruit that is VITAL to your health and weight loss. And this one TINY fruit is taking the weight loss industry by storm…
Want to learn more about this TINY fruit? Click below to find out:
Mark Dilworth, BA, PES