Did you know that some fruits have slimming properties that stimulate the body to burn fat and help to improve digestion? Fruits supporting slimming include for example grapefruit, pineapple and papaya.
Fruits in healthy diet
Most fruits have a lot of calories and a high glycemic index (they are a source of simple sugars), so unlike vegetables, you can’t eat them without restrictions. The latest pyramid of healthy eating and physical activity recommends that fruits and vegetables make up at least half of our daily food, of which 3/4 are vegetables and only 1/4 are fruits.
The most caloric fruits include bananas, grapes, dates, pomegranates, pears, kiwi, prunes and figs. People on a diet should reach for watermelons, melons, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries - these fruits have the least calories. There are also fruits that, thanks to their unique properties - regardless of the number of calories in them - support weight loss and are indicated to take part in slimming diets. These include prickly pear, grapefruit, papaya and pineapple.
Fig opuntia - suppresses hunger
Prickly pear (also called Opuntia) is the fruit of cactus. It has properties of suppressing hunger, reducing fat absorption and detoxifying the organism. In Mexico, where the prickly pear is cultivated, it finds application in wound covering, treating gastrointestinal complaints, and lowering blood glucose levels in diabetics. Fruits can be eaten raw or processed. You can also make juice of them or add them to the tea compositions. The opuntia extract can be also found in slimming supplements.
Grapefruit - stimulates fat burning
In addition to being a refreshing fruit rich in vitamins and minerals, grapefruit also has slimming properties. It stimulates fat burning, improves metabolism, and thanks to its pectin content, improves bowel function, regulates carbohydrate and fat metabolism, and helps in removing toxins from our body. The advantage of grapefruit is also that it has a low glycemic index - after eating it sugar is gradually released, which prevents hunger attacks.
Papaya - helps remove toxins
Papaya owes its slimming effect to papain. It is an enzyme that improves the digestive processes, accelerates the burning of proteins and fat. It also helps cleanse the body of toxins. Papaya, thanks to its beneficial effects on the digestive system, will also help with flatulence, constipation or hyperacidosis.
Pineapple - improves digestion
The enzyme bromelain contained in the pineapple fruit breaks down the protein, and thus improves its digestion. In addition, it works great with cellulite problems, because bromelain inhibits the inflammatory processes inside our skin which Is the main source of cellulite. There is also a lot of fibre in the pineapple that regulates bowel function.
Nutrients supporting weight loss
If your figure resembles the shape of an apple, and therefore adipose tissue accumulates mainly in the abdominal area, be careful. A relationship was found between abdominal obesity and the occurrence of many diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and heart disease. The higher the body weight, the greater the risk of colorectal cancer, uterus, degeneration of the joints, and respiratory failure.
One parameter decides whether you need a more restrictive diet - waist circumference. When it exceeds 80 cm (for men 94 cm), it indicates abdominal obesity. Take a centimetre and measure yourself at the waist. If the measurement is unfavourable, do not wait for a heart attack, just start eating wisely now and take care of your daily portion of the physical activity.