By Tara Rippin • 07 November 2018 • 18:03
FAT BUSTING: Up to 30 fruits are great at helping to reduce body weight
WHAT you eat is just as important as what you don’t when it comes to reducing body weight.
But fortunately, eating fruit is a great way to burn fat and keep cravings for sweet stuff at bay. Research carried out by the World Health Organisation, American Heart Association and Dietry Guidelines for Americans among others, has confirmed that fruit intake is positively related to weight loss.
Fruits contain very few calories while also being crammed with vital nutrients to keep stomachs full for longer. And fruits can be enjoyed during breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack for in-between meal munchies.
Studies have also shown that eating specific fruits help burn fat more efficiently. Here are some of the more effective fat-burning fruits.
Apples are the most fibre-rich sources found in nature. Studies show that fibre is an integral part of reducing visceral fat (belly fat), and that a higher soluble fibre intake every day can reduce tummy fat by 3.7 per cent over a five year period.
Avocadoes are well-known for being high in fat, but they also help to burn fat, too.
The high amounts of omega 9 fatty acids, known as mono-saturated fats, help the metabolic processes of converting fat into energy.
Bananas are great at lowering body fat. They keep the stomach fuller for longer, are high in magnesium and potassium and can help with digestion problems and bloating.
Coconuts are naturally sweet in flavour and even small quantities of the flesh can satisfy hunger. They are also packed with medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which can boost thew metabolism efficiency by up to 30 per cent.
Commonly referred to as melon, Honeydew is rich in a number of vitamins and nutrients. They contain heaps of vitamin C which boosts the immune system and fights against fat build up. Honeydew is also a great source of vitamin B complex which breaks fat down and converts it into energy.
And lemons are great for detoxifying the liver, and having a healthy liver aids the ability to digest food and burn fat. Lemons also prevent the accumulation of fat in the body.
Other great fruits include grapefruit, apricots, blueberries, pomegranates, watermelon.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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