Enzyme papaine in papaya promotes faster transit of food through the gut
Avocados increase production of testosterone which helps weight loss
Soluble fibre in bananas will stop you from bingeing on comfort foods
Contrary to popular opinion, not all fruit is created equal.
While some fruits, when eaten in excess, contain high levels of natural sugar, there are others which, when consumed in the right amounts, can aid weight loss.
Papaya, for instance, contains an enzyme called papaine which promotes the faster transit of food through the gut, helping to shed the pounds.
Liana Bonadio, Nutritionist at NutriCentre.com said: ‘Fruit is a great thing to snack on if you’re watching your weight, but it has had somewhat of a bad rep by the sugar police recently.
‘Fruit does contain natural sugars but as you’re eating it as a whole fruit, as opposed to a juice or smoothie, the fibre will help you absorb the sugars more slowly, making it more healthy.
‘Fruit is great for a quick guilt-free sweet fix but be careful to limit your portion size and stick to two portions of fruit a day. Try adding some protein in the form of nuts and seeds to slow down the absorbtion of sugars further.
if you can soak the dried fruit first so that it’ll absorb more water, therefore filling you up more, so that you eat less.
Still do be careful to limit your fruit intake to two servings per day, and always balance it up with a protein and/or fat component, which will be better for stabilising your blood sugar levels, which is crucial for weight loss.
Also by adding the protein and good fats, it’ll keep you fuller for longer.
Good news for avocado fans as the creamy fruit, which is already full of good fats, has been shown to increase the metabolic rate as well as up testosterone production, the hormone responsible for weight loss in both men and women.
When reaching for a mid-morning snack, always consider fruits which are rich in fibre.
Pears and apples both have a high fibre content and eating just one will help you feel fuller for longer, ergo aiding weight loss.
And have them unpeeled as that’s where all the filling fibre is contained.
The high amount of antioxidants in blueberries rid the body of toxins that lead to weight gain.
Bananas are filled with soluble fibre that curbs the desire to eat comfort foods. Enjoy a banana with breakfast to better your waistline and your immune system.
Dry fruits, when eaten together with fresh fruit, are effective in burning excess fat and reducing cholesterol.
Eating coconut will keep your stomach feeling fuller for longer by preventing irregular hunger pangs.
Coconuts also increase the liver’s rate of rate of metabolism by up to 30 per cent.
Lemons are an excellent liver detoxifier. Drink a glass of lemon juice and water first thing in the morning to prevent fat accumulation.
The high water content in grapefruit helps increase feelings of fullness while providing very low calories.
Pomegranate is brimming with antioxidants which enable the body to get rid of unwanted toxins. It also helps lower your appetite.
Eating oranges cut a considerable amount of calories from your diet and will also keep your body well hydrated.
Papain, an enzyme contained in papayas promotes the faster transit of food through the gut, which helps when you’re on a weight-loss diet.
Tomatoes – yes they are a fruit – come packed with Vitamin C and lycopene, which stimulates the production of carnitine, an amino acid that speeds up the body’s fat burning process.
Cantaloupes are extremely filling fruits and a cup of the melon, which contains only 60 calories, is enough to keep you full for a long time.
Peaches are the ideal fruit to incorporate in a low-calorie diet. They are good source of antioxidants and help flush toxins out of your body.