Eating fruit is a great way to start burning fat and keep sweet cravings under control. Research shows that fruit intake is positively correlated with weight loss.
In addition, fruits are convenient as they can be eaten anywhere at anytime – for breakfast, lunch or supper or as an in-between snack. They contain natural sugars, but unlike energy bars and diet snacks they don’t contain chemicals, preservatives and artificial sweeteners.
Bananas are great for burning stubborn belly fat as they contain “resistant starch” that helps burn fat and controls appetite. They are packed with fibre that also helps us remain satiated, thus helping the body burn fat. The fibres in bananas help block the carbohydrates from getting absorbed in the body. This enables the body to burn fat as energy instead of the carbs. Bananas are a rich source of potassium that helps in building muscles, which also leads to fat burning. Their high magnesium content can help with digestion problems and bloating.
Apples are one of the most fibre-rich foods found in nature. They enhance metabolism and are an integral part of reducing belly fat. The pectin in apples restrict cells from absorbing fat.
They are a healthy snack that keeps you full between meals. The best way to eat them is raw and fresh. You could also add them to a salad.
This low-sugar fruit has many health benefits, including weight loss. Research has shown that eating half a grapefruit before meals reduces belly fat and lowers irregular cholesterol levels.
In a 12-week study, people who were overweight consumed half a fresh grapefruit before a meal for 12 weeks. They lost about five kilograms.
Another study with 91 obese patients was conducted to find out how grapefruit affected body weight, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. They found that those who ate half a fresh grapefruit before meals (meals had no restriction) lost 1.5 kilograms in 12 weeks.
The fats in avocados signal the body to stop spiking blood sugar. Spiking blood sugar causes the body to store fat. Loaded with healthy omega-9 fatty acids (the same fats found in olive oil and olives), avocados speed up the conversion of fat into energy and boost metabolism. Avocados are high in both fat and fibre, which affects feeling full.
Lemons are excellent liver detoxifiers that also alkalize the body. Maintaining a healthy liver is necessary for the body’s ability to digest and burn fat. Lemons prevent the accumulation of fat in the body.
A glass of warm water with lemon first thing in the morning helps reduce the fat content of the body.