When it comes to losing weight, a big challenge for many people is giving up dessert, which is seemingly ubiquitous. Maybe your coworker brought donuts in for the team or candy bars seem to beckon you from the grocery checkout aisle. And, well, when the holidays roll around, all bets are off. Its like an obstacle course for your goal setting.
Meet your weight loss training buddy: fruit. Not only does fruit have the sweetness you're craving, but unlike processed treats, it boasts plenty of nutrients as well. No wonder some people call it Mother Natures candy.
In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommendsthat you fill half of your plate with fruit and veggies for optimal health. Yet while whole fruits are healthy, all food has calories, and youll want to keep that in mind when losing weight. If youre on the popular ketogenic diet, some fruits are also better than others on this plan, due to the tight carbohydrate restrictions. Also, for people with type 2 diabetes, while its a myth that fruit is unhealthy, youll still want to monitor your intake due to their carb count, or else risk a blood sugar spike.
The amount thats right for you may differ, but the fact remains: Fruit is a healthy addition for your weight loss plan. "When you're trying to lose weight, an important aspect is feeling full for longer, but also enjoying what you eat that's a huge part of sustainable, healthy weight loss," saysMartha Lawder, RDN, president of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, who is based in Roseville, California. "Fruit can give you that fullness because of the fiber, but also it's delicious. That makes it a great go-to option."
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Here's a look at some top choices, along with ideas on how to enjoy them if youre looking to maintain your weight or simply do your body some good.
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7 Best Fruits for Weight Loss (and How to Enjoy Them) - Everyday Health