If you are looking to lose weight in a healthy way, it is imperative to eat a balanced diet that includes low fat and low-calorie foods. One should set realistic goals to lose weight that one can achieve in the months to come, without feeling stressed or pressurised. When it comes to weight loss, everybody seems to have a tip or two to share, but one needs to understand that not all of those tips work. According to renowned Health Practitioner, Nutritionist and certified Macrobiotic Health Coach, Shilpa Arora ND, “To lose weight in a healthy way, set your sights on losing about 1 kilogram of weight a week; anymore and you’ll be losing not just your fat but your muscle as well. Don’t forget that a healthy diet and plenty of exercise will make you feel less tired and less stressed too.”
We know that losing weight is no easy feat, especially if you are looking to lose that stubborn belly fat. Fat around the lower abdomen is a problem area for thousands of people around the world. We know that there are a number of changes one has to incorporate in your daily routine to lose weight and to have a flat tummy. Regular exercise – be it yoga, gymming or a simple morning walk – is obviously very important, but equally important is the diet that you follow, which needs to be planned very carefully. Health experts and nutritionists around the world always suggest adding seasonal fruits to your daily diet. Why, you ask? It is because seasonal fruits come loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can help you to deal with cold days better. But more importantly, fruits rich in fibre and those that help boost digestive health should be consumed regularly to keep the bloating away and, in the long term, help lose weight around the belly.
Here are 5 fruits that you could include in your diet this winter season:
Oranges are the best source of vitamin C. Not only do they boost immunity, but also fill the gap of nutrition that our body needs like potassium, minerals, folate and fibre. Orange juice is incredibly low in calories and has zero fat, which makes it an excellent option if you are looking towards shedding belly fat and extra kilos. However, nutritionists often advise eating a whole orange over juicing one. Consuming a whole orange would help retain fibres, which would further make you feel full for a longer time. And when you feel full, you would naturally binge less.
Guavas are packed with proteins and good quality fibres. Both protein and fibre take long to digest, which keeps you full for a longer duration of time. This further prevents you from sudden hunger pangs when you may feel compelled to gorge on fattening foods. Guavas, especially the ones that aren’t fully ripe, have far less sugar as compared to apples, oranges, grapes, and other fruits. They are a source of dietary fibre and fulfill about 12% of our daily recommended intake of fibre, making it an excellent fruit for keeping the digestive system working fine. Eating guavas aids better bowel movement and enhances healthy digestion. A healthy digestion further helps in healthy weight loss.
According to the researchers from Oregon State University, elegiac acid, found in red grapes, helps in slowing down the growth of existing fat cells in our body and deters the formation of new fat cells. Additionally, in a study published in the Journal of Obesity, a high dose of resveratrol, found in black grapes, was found to stimulate the development of good fats rather than obesity-causing bad fat.
Chikoo also known as sapota, may help you get rid of belly fat and extra weight. It keeps your digestive system in check, and prevents irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Also, the dietary fibres present in it can make you feel full for longer time. Moreover, chiku helps in boosting the body’s metabolism.
Anjeer, or Figs, contains a large amount of dietary fibre that can fill your stomach easily. In fact, it is often recommended by experts as a natural way to soothe constipation. Apart from the dietary fibre that helps promote proper digestion, figs contain a digestive enzyme named ‘Ficin’ that works efficiently along with other enzymes secreted by the digestive tract in order to digest food quickly. A healthy digestive system is key to losing weight as well as reducing belly fat.
Do ensure that these fruits are consumed in moderation and together with a overall balanced diet