When it comes to weight loss and burning fat, you might come across a multitude of different options about diet, but while most of them focus on foods, people tend to forget that a large number of fruits are just as good for barning fat as anything else. With that in mind, we present to you the top 10 fat burning fruits out there!
When life gives you lemons (you should’ve seen this coming), it’s best to use the to lose weight! That’s right, lemons, apart from being excellent detoxifiers and a rich source of vitamin C, are also beneficial when it comes to burning fat. It does so by maintaining your liver health, which is the organ that has the ability to digest and burn fat.
They may seem acidic based on taste, but in the process of being metabolized by the body, they actually alkalize our bodily fluids and tissues. It also goes without saying that lemons are quite versatile as you can consume them in many different forms such as a meringue, a drink (lemonade), in a fruit salad, in a sweet dish, and many more!
The best way to describe apples is to say that they are a complete all-round solution to your diet and not just for burning fat. When you eat an apple (but with the skin on), you get 5 grams of dietary fiber that is 22% of the recommended daily intake. It might not seem like much, but this prevents you from deviating to junk food as you can easily pack them in a bag and have them as a quick snack. Even a long-term study that was conducted on 13,000 adolescents over a period of seven years concluded that eating apples was linked to a lower risk of obesity.
Apart from that, apples are also great at detoxifying liver, preventing gallstones, preventing the onset of certain types of cancer, boosts immunity and tastes great! Although, you should note that you can only enjoy a few of these benefits if you peel off the skin as it is the part that has the most dietary fiber among other nutrients. It certainly seems that the quote ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ was rightly said so!
Some of you might argue about avocado being a fruit that’s rich in fat, so much so that it’s probably one of the richest fruits in fat out there and you would be right. But it’s also one of the best fruits that burn fat because the fats in avocado we’re talking about here are actually omega 9 fatty acids, which is way different from the kind that you get from eating burgers at McDonald’s!
It helps you lose weight in three ways. First, it makes you feel full because of it’s good fiber content (7g of dietary fiber per 100 grams). Secondly, it boosts the production of hormones that bring about weight loss and finally, it boosts metabolism by increasing the rate at which fat is converted into energy, thus being an amazing fruit to include in your weight loss diet!
Though watermelon might come off as this one sugar-rich fruit that’ll help you put on weight instead of losing it, on the contrary the natural sugars in it are actually good for your body, and since it’s 91% water you’re essentially having a nutrition-rich liquid that is low in fat and calories! As a matter of fact, it’s so low in calories that one cup of diced watermelon only consists of 46, way less than most if not all fruits out there (in comparison, a cup of sliced banana contains 146 calories and a cup of seedless grapes has 104 calories).
If that wasn’t enough to convince you, then a study on watermelon by the University of Kentucky suggests that people who have watermelon may notice improved lipid profiles and lower fat accumulation. Better yet, a study among athletes by the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena in Spain found watermelon juice to help reduce the level of muscle soreness, which makes it an amazing drink to have after workout to facilitate muscle recovery as well! The only thing you need to look out for is the carb content as watermelon is rather abundant in it, so it’s not the best idea to gobble down lots of it especially if you’re facing intestinal problems such as IBS.
Though this refers to a group of fruits rather than a single one, most of the commonly eaten berries are excellent fat burners. Well, like the other fruits here berries are rich in dietary fiber as well. You can get as much as 33% (8 grams) of your recommended daily intake of dietary fiber from a single cup of blueberries or raspberries. Though strawberry isn’t too rich in dietary fiber, it has other ways in helping you lose weight such as it’s preventing chronic inflammation that may be blocking hormones responsible for keeping you lean.
But that’s not all that you can gain from berries, either. While you may be aware of it’s obvious list of benefits like abundance of antioxidants and vitamin C for rich skin and whatnot, there are many more reasons to include these in your diet as well. Some of them include but are not limited to improved mental health, lesser risk of diabetes, better heart health, preventing onset of Parkinson’s disease, preventing onset of Alzheimer’s, lowering blood pressure, improved urine tract health.
Though many citrus fruits are great at aiding fat burn, there is one characteristic about orange that sets it apart from the bunch. The vitamin C content in orange trumps every other citrus fruit out there. One medium orange, which weighs ~130 grams, contains more than 100% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Okay this sounds very nice, but how exactly does vitamin C equate to weight loss? Well, several studies have suggested that vitamin C plays a role in fat burning when you work out.
A 2006 study, published in Nutrition & Metabolism, reported that low vitamin C levels can reduce the amount of fat you burn during aerobic exercise by 25 percent but getting an adequate amount of it can restore the normal fat burning during exercise. And since all you really need is one medium orange to prevent a deficiency of vitamin C in your body, it shouldn’t be too hard to include in your diet as it’s pretty low in calories as well!
While grapefruit had gotten a lot of attention earlier about it’s weight loss benefits (so much so that grapefruit diet became a fad), nobody at the time really understood why it was so good. Some argued it was due to it’s vitamin C content while others suggested that it boosted metabolism. Finally after some research data was released that shed some light on why grapefruit is so good at promoting weight loss.
It was discovered that having grapefruit lowers the amount of insulin in your body. Not to an extent that could be considered as harmful, but enough to prevent your body from storing a lot of sugar as fat. Those lower insulin levels also help curb appetite, as a high insulin level is what turns the brain on that it’s time to bring some energy into the stomach. Apart from that, grapefruit also consists of a good amount of dietary fiber to curb hunger and is one of the ‘negative calorie’ foods, meaning it will take more calories to digest it than the amount of calories actually present in the fruit.
Not only are bananas great in taste and versatile to the point that you can make more than a few tasty dishes out of it, they’re also so rich in energy and protein to the point that bodybuilders who prefer to keep away from supplements have banana as their main source of energy and their secondary source of protein. For the weight loss enthusiasts, banana also contains dietary fiber that prevents hunger pangs along with promoting fat burn as these fibers are resistant starch and blocks carbs from being absorbed by the body. This in turn makes the body burn fat for generating energy instead of carbs.
Other noteworthy benefits of banana include better digestion, better heart health, preventing high blood pressure, healthier skin as a result of antioxidants, better insulin sensitivity and improved kidney health. The best part among this is that you are most likely to have these benefits from any banana as they’re quite resistant to pollutants and other contaminating factors thanks to it’s thick skin.
Due to it’s rich content of tannins, anthocyanin, flavonoids and polyphenols, pomegranate possesses some excellent anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and antioxidant properties. What does this mean for your fat burning regimen? Well, these properties work in a variety of ways t bring about weight loss which can get a bit too scientific but he gist of the story being that it reduces insulin resistance in the body, enhances satiety due to fiber, and prevents oxidative stress which is prevalent in obesity.
Apart from these, pomegranate can be considered as a super fruit due to the myriad of benefts that it poses. It has vitamin C to boost immunity, it lowers blood pressure to maintain heart health, are low in calories and can be added into many different recipes to give it a little twist! So, if you’re lately feeling the urge to open that pack of Doritos, rest assured that including pomegranate in your diet will help you get rid of that craving in no time!
Last but not the least in our list of the best fat burning fruits we have pineapple, something that doesn’t go on pizza (kidding, you be the judge of that), but can be added on your diet as no argument can be made about it’s sweet and awesome taste. It’s low in calories, with a single cup only having 86 calories and it’s fat burning function is brought about by its bromelain content that is supposed to boost metabolism. This, combined with it’s high dietary fiber really allows you to take your weight loss regimen to another level.
A word of caution, however. Bromelain, even though naturally found in pineapple, has been associated with causing an allergic reaction to some people. It’s best to consult your doc about this. If they give you the thumbs up, then we don’t see why you couldn’t enjoy eating pineapple knowing that you’re shedding fat as well!
So, these are our top 10 fruits that we think are best at burning fat. Which one do you think is the best among them? Or is there another fruit that you thought is worthy of being included on the list? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below!