Africans have a special bond with food. Each ethnic group in the continent has delectable cuisines that are sumptuous and healthy. However, the fast train of sugary diets has taken over our lives. Most of us have added weight because of the unhealthy foods we consume.
These fast foods and unhealthy foods are sweet, tempting, and easy to prepare or buy, unlike our traditional meals that are healthy and take time to prepare. This has resulted in many suffering from heart diseases, obesity, high blood pressure, high level of cholesterol, and lots more.
How do we handle this situation? The good news is Africa is blessed with many healthy fruits that can help maintain or reduce our weight. Here are some of the fruits that can help us lose weight:
Watermelon may not be the favourite of many people. However, if you want to lose or control your weight, you need watermelon. The juicy fruit contains 90% water and it is useful for weight loss. It contains an amino acid called arginine, which burns fat faster. When you take watermelon, you stay hydrated and feel fuller in between meals.
Guava is packed with nutrients and fiber. Fiber is important for those who want to stay without snacking unnecessarily. Eating guava help satisfy your appetite. The fruit has no cholesterol and less sugar when you compare it with grapes, apples, and oranges.
We know that apple keeps the doctors away for a long time from us. When you take an apple, you lose weight quickly. Apple is good for the skin, the body, and helps in maintaining or reducing our weight. It contains a powerful fiber called pectin that makes you feel fuller and reduce body fat.
Grapefruit is a delicious weight loss fruit that contains pectin. It also contains vitamin C, potassium, and folic acid. This fruit is rich in vitamin A and lycopene, especially the pink and red grapefruits.
Lycopene helps the body in protecting our arterial walls from suffering from oxidative damage. You can eat grapefruit some minutes before your food. This will make you feel more satiated. For those who cannot count their daily calories, they should opt for grapefruits.
When you work out, you need a banana as an energy bar. Bananas contain lots of chemicals and sugar. The fruit helps in reducing weight and stops weight gain. They fight muscle cramps and ensure that your blood pressure is low. It also prevents acidity.
One banana a day can do the magic for you because it contains three grams of filling fiber and 105 calories.
Many of us erroneously believe that tomato is a vegetable. Tomato is a fruit that is full of antioxidants. It helps people reduce their water retention. Tomato fights leptin resistance, which is a protein that hinders the body from reducing weight.
It is an appetite-suppressant “high-volume” food. What this means is that when you take tomatoes, you eat less and feel fuller. Thanks to its fiber, air, and water content.
What are you waiting for? Start improving your diet with some of these fruits for a more healthy and doctor free living.