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Be Fruitful & Thrive
Diets that promote eating more of natural un-processed foods provide better results if you are trying to lose the fat and increase energy.
Everybody wants to lose the blubber without starvation. The trick is to satisfy your hunger and reduce calorie intake with foods with a lower energy density, or fewer calories per gram weight of the food. So replace the chips with a pear or apple.
Dry fruits. Dried fruits like raisins, dates, and prunes can be added in small quantities to fresh fruits in almost any diet. These fruits are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals, and they complement the deficiency of minerals and vitamins in fresh fruits. Eat dry fruits as a travel or mid-day snack in lieu of processed food snacks and watch the pounds melt away week after week.
Citrus fruits and berries. Diets rich in citrus fruits provide minimal carbohydrates–a good thing! Consider buying raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, and especially blueberries. Also a small amount of lime, lemon, or sweet lime area great to help promote bowel movement and therefore detoxification. You want to stay hydrated with water as well. Berries and citrus are super for the summer because they are light and won’t make you feel heavy but will give you energy.
Specifically, I’m also a fan of apples and pears. They’re now recognized as having more fiber, thanks to a corrected calculation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Both contain pectin fiber, which decreases blood-sugar levels, helping you avoid between-meal snacking. And getting back to citrus, grapefruits are baaack!
A study of nearly 100 obese people conducted at the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center at Scripps Clinic found that eating half a grapefruit before each meal or drinking a serving of the juice three times a day helped people drop more than three pounds over 12 weeks. That’s a super-fruit for sure.
Fruits improve blood circulation, boost immune system, improve digestive system, and promotes overall health.
Walker Tisdale is the Executive Editor of healthyblackmen.org.