S limming superfoods are nutritional powerhouses that help build bones, prevent chronic diseases, improve your eyesight, and even keep your mind sharp. Who would ever want to eat anything else?

Are you trying to lose weight? Now you can have your fruit and vegetables and your weight loss too. Most fruit contains excessive amount of natural sugars that quickly convert into fat when eaten in excess. Adding more of these fruits to your diet can help with fat loss.

Important Part of a Healthy Diet

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of every healthy diet, but they can be especially helpful if losing weight is one of your goals.

All fruits and vegetables are nutritious and packed with vitamins and minerals that your body needs, but certain types are low in calories and high in fiber, two qualities that can help you achieve weight-loss success.

As an added bonus, fruits improve blood circulation, boost immune system, improve the digestive system and promote overall health.

The eight fruits and vegetables considered best for losing weight are:

Strawberries will Satisfy your Sugar Cravings

I think eating fruit in moderation is great for fat loss because it can effectively help control calorie intake while providing essential vitamins and minerals.

Did you know that a cup of strawberries only has 50 calories (209 kj) and 7 grams of sugar, yet provides 3 grams of fiber. The good thing about strawberries (and all berries) is they satisfy your sweet/sugar cravings as well, and they are very nutritious.

Apples are Healthy Appetite Suppressants

Forget about apple juice and the applesauce and just go for a crunchy apple. Whole fruit blunts the appetite in a way that fruit juices and sauces don’t.

One reason is that raw fruit has more fiber. Plus, chewing sends signals to your brain that you’ve eaten something substantial.

Broccoli is High in Fiber and Low in Kilojoules

Broccoli is a great vegetable and can be prepared in many tasty ways. A favourite way is just steaming it lightly and eating it warm with a meal or cold in a salad. Cooked or raw, broccoli is well-known for its cancer-preventing powers, but with a lot of filling fiber in less than 30 calories (126 kj) a serving, it is great for weight problems too.

Avocados have Oleic Acid

There’s no reason to be afraid of eating fats—as long as they’re the right fats. Fortunately avos are the right kind.

Oleic acid, a compound in avocados’ healthy monounsaturated fats (MUFAs), may trigger your body to actually quiet hunger. This creamy fruit is also packed with fiber and protein.

Avos are also loaded with healthy Omega 9 fatty acids (the same fats found in olive oil, olives, and macadamia nuts) and they speed the conversion of fat into energy and boost the rate of metabolism.

Pears – the Fiber is in the Skin

Just one pear contains 15% of your daily recommended amount of fiber. One study found that women who ate three pears a day consumed fewer calories and lost more weight than those who didn’t. Don’t peel them – the fiber is in the skin.

Grapefruit has a High Water Content

Many people would put grapefruit on the top of their list for fruit that help with weight loss. It is said that eating half a grapefruit before each meal may help you lose up to a half a kilo a week.

Grapefruit’s high water content helps increase feelings of fullness while providing very few kilojoules.

In one study at Johns Hopkins University, women who eat grapefruit daily shed almost 20 pounds on average in only 13 weeks, without changing anything else in their diet or lifestyle.

Oranges are Rich in Fiber

At only 59 calories (247kj) , you may not expect much from an orange, but thanks to a hefty dose of fiber, it ranks highest among fruits on a list of 38 filling foods put together by Australian researchers. Feeling full can help you eat less throughout the day.

Potatoes are Filling

I’m sure many will wonder why this root vegetable is on the list. True, potatoes are high in carbs, but they are three times as filling as a slice of white bread, and top all the foods on the same satiety index as oranges. Plus, potatoes are also rich in Resistant Starch, which helps your body burn fat.

Follow a Balanced Diet to Lose Weight

So, any fruit is my short answer. Fruits tend to be about 100 calories per serving, don’t spike insulin very high, tend to be high in fiber, are generally a decent source of vitamins and are filling for the amount of calories they contain.

And veggies are perfect if you steam or grill them – as long as you don’t add any other ingredients or sauces.

But the main issue is always to follow a balanced diet. If you need to, ask your doctor or a dietician at your clinic.

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