I recently wrote and published an article extolling the many virtues of both strawberries and blueberries. Shortly after that my good friend and collaborator Gracy Liura sent me the following article in which she also presents strawberries as a superb food but then she adds apples, grapefruit and oranges to her list — all great foods. But Gracy did not mention blueberries.
Well as it turns out we are in total agreement and all FIVE of the fruits are superb for great health and very good for everyone trying to shed some unwanted weight. She does have one very specific reason for excluding blueberries from her list and it is explained below. But using Gracy’s very specific carb approach do note that blueberries have about 14 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams of blueberries making them the highest in carbohydrates of the five but still a superb food. Having defended my beloved blueberries here is Gracy’s complete presentation.
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During their weight loss struggle, people are usually intimidated by the fact that the majority of food we love is very high in matters of calorie count, therefore – forbidden. Such diets look like a never-ending torture, impossible to carry on and fulfill successfully. So it’s not surprising that around 70 percent of dieters tend to drop their weight loss eating regimes after just a couple of days.
Is there an easy solution to the said statistics? Well, it’s not an absolute one, but it actually works in most of the cases: do your research and pick a couple of ingredients that will help you to carry on with your diet, while not making it any harder. For example, if you’re into the sweet stuff, it is recommended to stick onto healthy fruit that are low on carbohydrates (sugars), if you don’t want to break your diet.
In this short article, we will outline the 4 fruit that are ideal in matters of losing weight. Healthy, sweet and very useful for your health, each of them is a powerful ally to help you feel great while still dieting. Let’s start right away!
Carb count: around 6 grams of carbohydrates per 100 g
A great example of a fruit that is good for everything, delicious in almost any kind of meal. Throw a handful into your oatmeal, decorate a low-carb cheesecake, or just use it as a great snack between meals. Besides the fabulous calorie count, strawberries are also a good source of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), a substance well known for its supporting effect on the immune system. Eat well, diet and never catch a cold with this fantastic low-carb fruit.
Carb count: around 12 grams of carbohydrates per 100 g
Apple is another fruit that’s loved for its universal ways of taking. Raw or baked, separately or in combinations with other ingredients — apples are great. They may not have as little carbs as some other fruits out there (like coconuts, for example, with just 6 g of carbs per 100 g), but they are surely more familiar for the taste buds of the majority of folks out there, meaning that eating them on a regular basis won’t be a problem. Also, they are easy to carry, wherever you go. All said aside, apples are a great source of iron, antioxidants and dietary fibers. As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
Carb count: around 9 grams of carbs per ½ fruit
This one is used in diets not only for its low calorie count, but for its natural ability to promote fat-burning. In the citrus family, grapefruits are the ones that impose this effect in the greatest way. If you want to achieve even greater results, combine the fat-burning properties of grapefruit with plain black coffee (with no additional sugar, mind!). It is believed that this combination has around 50 percent more impact than when consumed separately. Besides everything mentioned, grapefruits are also able to lower the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which is great for blood pressure control and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
Carb count: around 10 grams of carbs per 100 g
Eat them, drink them, stay healthy. As other members of the citrus group of foods, oranges have great effects on your immune system, lower cardiovascular risk and have a mild anti-aging effect, thanks to the high amount of antioxidants present. Also, oranges are a good source of fibers, which relieve constipation, have a good satiating effect (thus preventing you from eating more than you actually should) and even slightly protect against some types of cancer. Best part: everything said above is still achieved while consuming as much as 10 grams of carbs per 100 g of orange. Great option for your diet!
The fruits above are loved not only for their delicious taste, but for their great effects on your body. Other options of fruit may be also fabulous, but in general they are either very high in calories, or do not impose any significant effects that you’d want to have during your weight loss process.
In fact, these four fruits were proven effective in matters of weight loss by thousands of people from all around the world. How’s that possible?
The answer is simple. The four fruits mentioned above are the only ones allowed during the first (and most strict) part of the hCG Diet Protocol. It’s a weight-loss protocol created by world-renowned British endocrinologist Dr. Albert Theodore William Simeons. Author of the best-selling book Pounds and Inches, published in 1954, Simeons outlined the most important aspects of the process of effectively losing weight with the help of hCG.
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin — hCG — is a powerful hormone originally present in the female body during pregnancy. It has a great variety of functions and effects, but Dr Simeons was fascinated by one of them specifically, and that’s its ability to promote fat-burning processes under conditions of low calorie intake. Originally, this is believed to be a mechanism meant to ensure the proper nutrition of the developing baby even when the pregnant woman does not eat well. Later on, hCG was adapted into injections and oral drops, the latter of which are widely used in the modern weight loss industry.
But hCG does not work properly without a specific eating regime. In order to fully uncover its fabulous effects, the dieter must stick to a strict low-carb diet, described in details in the original hCG weight loss protocol. And one of the most important eating principles in this matter is the limited assortment of foods and ingredients allowed to eat on a regular basis. For example, the four fruits mentioned in this article (apples, oranges, strawberries and grapefruits) are the only ones allowed during the strictest phase of the hCG weight loss diet.
For the general customer, this means that these four fruits are the best in terms of weight loss. After all, a professional healthcare practitioner approved them over 60 years ago – and this statement still remains relevant. Even if you don’t plan to try out by reading these hCG reviews for yourself, you can eat these fruits with no fear at all — they won’t ever ruin your diet, if you don’t eat a full crate of them at once.
Of course, even with the best foods out there, dieting is hard. Staying strong even when the world around you offers you dozens of fast food and junk eating options (but, god, how tasty they are!) every day — that’s no less than a heroic attitude. But in your heart, you know that it’s absolutely worth it.
Stay healthy, diet effectively and lose weight for good with the aid of these fantastic low-carb fruits!
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Ron Irwin was born in Chicago, Illinois a long time ago. He served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, became a trial lawyer, TV and radio host, CEO of a public company and once held an Emmy. He never won an Emmy he just held one. Ron has written and published twelve books. His most important book to date is “Live, Die, Live Again” in which Ron tells of his early life and his unexpected and very temporary death in 2012. That experience dramatically refocused his life and within the pages of that book Ron reveals how he achieved a much healthier life, ridding himself of Diabetes, Cancer and Heart Failure. Now Ron enjoys writing about many things including health topics, travel [he has circled the globe several times], adventure, culinary experiences and the world of performing art. Ron’s motto is “Live better, live longer and live stronger because it feels great and annoys others.” Contact the author.