If losing weight is your aim this summer, but it seems quite impossible because the body craves cold carbonated beverages and fried and calorie-dense food, here is a list of natural foods that can be supremely tasty, super fun to eat, keep your taste buds satisfied, yet help you stick to your weight loss goals in this hot summer.
Mango: The tasty and yummy fruit of summer is high in fibre, magnesium, antioxidants and iron. Since the sugars are natural and complex, they are better than processed sugar and sweets. Eat them as a substitute for your regular meals, not as an addition. You can eat the fruit as is or juice it in a slow juicer to get the full benefit.
Watermelon: Low-Calorie watermelon is a great fruit that keeps you full, yet is highly helpful for losing weight. One of the best summer fruits, it is packed with nutrients and cancer-fighting antioxidants like vitamin C and lycopene. It is composed of 92% water and keeps your hunger pangs at bay.
Grapes: This refreshing summer snack is high in water content and low in calories (1 cup gives 100 calories) and makes you feel full and satisfied for a long time making you eat less. Grapes are also rich in vitamin C and phytochemicals with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Peach: A peach has gentle laxative and diuretic properties, and it also contains beta-carotene which helps the skin to stay fresh and bright. Peaches are composed of important nutrients including vitamins A and C, potassium, and iron. A medium peach contains only 38 calories and nearly 2 grams of fibre.
Cantaloupe: This tasty fruit is naturally smooth and sweet and high in water content. It is low in calories and high in fibre.
Limes: You drink more water during summer to stay away from dehydration. Try adding a dash of lime juice or lemon to the water to make it flavorful. It consists of vitamin C and also helps remove toxins from the body.
Pineapple: Pineapple is another summer fruit that contains the proteolytic enzyme bromelain which aids in the digestion of protein and blood clot formation. Its anti-inflammatory property reduces swelling and gives a flatter belly.
Prunes: Prunes are high in good fibre and is an amazing weight loss food that keeps you full longer. It is also high in vitamins and de-bloating potassium. It can be a perfect summer snack that can be easily carried anywhere.
Bananas: Many people think that bananas will increase weight, but though they contain a small amount of sugar, they are high in fibre and resistant starch and play an important role in boosting weight loss. Bananas are a great source of potassium which usually gets lost through sweat in hot summer days. These can be eaten raw or you can juice it and drink it mixed with orange or carrot juice.
Berries: Mulberries, blueberries, raspberries etc., whether taken fresh or dry, are low in calories. They provide around 40 calories per 3.5 oz serving and 61% of RDA for vitamin C. They are packed with potassium, fibre, and resveratrol, a phytonutrient shown to protect the heart.
Plums: This fruit contains nutrients and phytochemicals and is light in calories but tastes great. Plums can be added to salads or eaten as is.
Figs: Figs are used to lose weight. Figs are potassium and fibre rich and they only contain 170 calories in an 8 oz. Portion. Eat them alone, or add it to salads or in cereals.
Blackberries: These include powerful flavonoids and anthocyanins which help to speed stool and toxins through the digestive system. They also contain fibre and phytochemicals. Their high water and fibre content and sweet taste make blackberries a perfectly refreshing summer weight-loss food. A cup of berries gives you 62 calories.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain a lot of water which helps to stay away from dehydration related hunger. These taste best in the late summer months. They contain potassium which can help to beat bloat, and are a great source of vitamin C and lycopene.
Green Beans: This summer veggie staple is a great low calorie and fat-free source of fibre and iron.
Leafy Greens: Greens like spinach, amaranth, and kale are packed with nutrients. They add variety and texture to salads and keep you light and refreshed all day. Mix them with dals, salads or juice them and mix it with other vegetable and fruit juices.
Garden Peas: These are a good source of nutrients and an alternative to meats which tend to be higher in saturated fat. These have higher protein and iron levels than most vegetables.
Corn: Corn has starch that resists digestion and can aid in weight loss. It increases immunity and controls blood sugar levels and satiety.
Bell Pepper/Capsicum: All varieties of peppers contain capsaicin, a natural metabolism booster. It is a perfect weight loss food that can be added to salsa, salad or eaten fresh or roasted or stuffed.
Dry fruits & Nuts: Dry fruits and nuts contain fibre and heart-healthy fats including omega-3’s, which have shown to have metabolic-boosting benefits. They can be added to salads or cereals. Keep an eye on the portion size when eaten alone, because they are high in calories.