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13 of the best fruits for weight loss

Prima (UK) logo Prima (UK) 11/03/2020 Prima Team
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Reaching for a handful of berries when you're hungry, or adding a chopped banana to your breakfast, is not just an easy way to tick off a few of your five-a-day. Fruit is also a smart snack that can aid weight loss.

Not only are our favourite fruits packed with the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy body, many are also high in fibre (which helps maintain healthy digestion) and low in fat and calories. A far smarter snack to keep in your bag than sugary cereal bars!

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Here, nine fruits to reach for next time your tummy rumbles...

Grapefruit

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Grapefruit is a great option for a mid-morning snack because it's low in calories (just 39kcals per half a fruit) and has a low glycemic index (GI). This means it releases sugar slowly into your bloodstream, helping keep cravings a bay.

If you find plain grapefruit too sour, combine with other fruits like strawberries, melon and banana. Find more low-sugar fruits here.

Apples

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Nothing screams 'autumn' quite like apples (and all the activities and treats associated with them). The autumn fruit is rich in antioxidants – specifically vitamin C, which helps strengthen the immune system and may even lower your risk of cancer. Additionally, apples are high in the prebiotic pectin, which helps feed your gut bacteria and can help lower cholesterol.

Figs

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In season now, this autumn fruit is a solid source of fibre, which may help decrease cholesterol, promote blood sugar control, prevent constipation, and keep you feeling full longer. Figs are also packed with potassium, which helps control your blood pressure.

Pears

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Pears make for a nutritious, filling and inexpensive snack. The tasty fruit contains almost a quarter of your daily fibre intake (keeping you regular), and is also packed with vitamin C.

Kiwi fruit

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These furry fruits may be small, but they're an antioxidant powerhouse. They're low GI, full of fibre and nutrient dense with plenty of vitamin C, vitamin E and folate.

Watermelon

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Feel bloated in the afternoon? Reach for a slice of watermelon. With its 92% water content and high potassium content, this clever fruit has diuretic properties. It contains the amino acid citrulline, which relaxes blood vessels and keeps fluids from leaking into nearby tissue, thus reducing the retention of water. Find more foods to reduce bloating here.

Bananas

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Bananas get a bad press because they're higher in sugar and calories than other fruits. But, they're also a wise choice when you're trying to lose weight – nutrient-dense, high in fibre and low to medium GI (depending on ripeness) they'll silence 4pm cravings until dinner.

Berries

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Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries have earned their 'superfood' reputation because they're low in calories, packed with vitamins and minerals, can help lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation. Plus you only need to eat a handful to reap the benefits.

Pick up a packet of frozen mixed berries to add to your morning smoothie when they're out of season.

Oranges

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Don't overlook the humble orange to keep hunger pangs at bay. Nutrient dense and high in fibre, this inexpensive fruit will fill you up fast.

Cut up a whole orange and tuck into the slices, rather than opting for a glass of orange juice. You'll stay satiated for longer.

Pomegranate

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Pomegranates are a delicious addition to salads and savoury dishes like cous cous, but those juicy seeds are also packed full of a whole host of antioxidants.

They contain fibre, protein, folate, potassium, flavonoids, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin K, polyphenols and phosphorus.

Avocado

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Technically speaking, avocado is a fruit. And they contain healthy fats that fill you up and contribute to weight loss.

They're also high in B Vitamins and potassium. Doesn't that just made avocado toast that much tastier?

Pineapple

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Pineapple, while incredibly delicious, can also aid digestion, and heal inflammation.

The sweet fruit can sate the sweetest of sweet tooths, making it a great choice when cutting back on sugar.

Lemon

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Ah lemon. An essential ingredient in all kinds of cuisines and dishes and probably one of the most versatile weight loss fruits out there.

Lemon water has long been used as a refreshing way to kick start the day and boost your metabolism.


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