The best fruits that help you lose weight

People with sweet teeth suffer during weight loss, as they cannot control the craving for foods that contain a lot of sugar.
Fruit is a nutritious item to enjoy during a weight-loss journey as a treat and to decrease your cravings for other less healthy sweet foods," says Amy Shapiro, RD, founder of Real Nutrition. Fruit can also help you feel fuller for longer, due to the fiber content in many kinds. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't track your sugar intake when eating fruit. Too much sugar of any kind could still thwart your weight-loss goals, and lots of fruits pack a ton of it.

If you're trying to lose weight, Shapiro recommends having no more than two servings of fruit a day, or three if you're active. One serving of fruit can either be a whole fruit that fits in your hand, like an apple or orange, or one cup of cut fruit, like a fruit salad. You should stick to eating fresh fruit; Shapiro advises against eating a ton of dried fruit if you're trying to lose weight, as the dried fruit's sugar becomes more concentrated as it loses volume. "The servings of dried fruit are very small, very sweet, and very high in sugar," she says. "For example, dried mango contains 29 grams of sugar for four slices." Shapiro also says that people tend to typically over eat dried fruit because of the small serving sizes.

But if you eat fresh fruit, and you take stock of your servings, fruits can keep you on track for your weight-loss goals. If you're curious which fruits are the best when it comes to weight loss, try this list of 11 recommendations from Shapiro. They have the highest fiber content, the lowest sugar, and are the healthiest options for weight loss.

1- Kiwi

If you want to eat something sweet and tart at the same time, try kiwi. "It's filled of vitamin C and not too sweet, but still juicy and cool," says Shapiro.

Per serving: 108 cals, 26g carbs, 16g sugar, 2g protein, 0.9g fat, 5.3g sodium, 5.3g fiber

2- Watermelon

Watermelon is about 9o percent water, so not only does it help you stay hydrated, but it also aids in helping you feel fuller for longer too.

Per serving: 46 cals, 11.5g carbs, 9.4g sugar, 0.9 protein, 0.2g fat, 1.5g sodium, 0.6g fiber

3- Berries

Shapiro says she loves recommending berries because they have such high fiber content. "Berries are very suitable fruit to suggest since they are the highest in fiber and lowest in sugar and are packed with antioxidants so they are optimal for health." Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries all make great weight-loss fruit options.
Per serving:
*Strawberries: 46 cal, 11.1g carbs, 7g sugar, 1g protein, 0.4g fat, 1.4g sodium, 2.9g fiber
*Blueberries: 84 cals, 21g carbs, 14.7g sugar, 1g protein, 0.5g fat, 1.5g sodium, 3.6g fiber
*Raspberries: 64 cals, 14.7g carbs, 5.4g sugar, 1.5g protein, 0.8g fat, 1.2g sodium, 8g fiber

 4- Papaya

Shapiro says papaya is rich in enzymes that can ease distress in the gastrointestinal tract and reduce bloating. The fruit is also low-calorie and full of fiber. It's tasty on its own, but she says it also pairs well with some fresh lime juice and a little sea salt.
Per serving: 60.2 cals, 15.1g carbs, 10.9g sugar, 0.7g protein, 0.4g fat, 11.2g sodium, 2.4g fiber


Apples high in fiber, making your belly feel full, and they leave you mentally satisfied too, says Shapiro. "Apples have a great crunch and texture so they satisfy your craving to chew." If you're looking for a yummy and healthy dessert, Shapiro recommends throwing your apples in the oven and baking them.
Per serving: 65 cals, 17.3 carbs, 13g sugar, 0.3g protein, 0.2g fat, 1.2g sodium, 3g fiber

6- Lemons 

Getting enough water is crucial to any diet, and adding lemon to water makes it tastier, so you're bound to drink more of it, says Shapiro.
Per serving: 61.5 cals, 19.8g carbs, 5.3g sugar, 2.3g protein, 0.6g fat, 4.2g sodium, 5.9g fiber 

7- Grapefruit 

Grapefruit is low in sugar and high in fiber, and one serving size is pretty large, so chances are you'll feel satisfied for a while after eating it. People reported losing 7.1 percent of their body weight on average after eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice before their meals for 12 weeks, according to a study in Nutrition & Metabolism.
Per serving: 73.6 cals, 18.6g carbs, 16.1 sugar, 1.5g protein, 0.2g fat, 0g sodium, 2.5g fiber

 8- Acai

It may be hard to find the actual fruit, but Shapiro says frozen acai packets or powder—that can easily be added to a smoothie or bowl—can be just as healthy, as long as you get the unsweetened kind. Acai is super high in antioxidants, low in sugar and high in fiber—a magic combo.
Per serving: 70 cals, 4g carbs, 2g sugar, 1g protein, 5g fat, 10mg sodium, 2g fiber 

9- Avocados

Avocado is way higher in calories that most other fruit (yes, avo is a fruit!). But eaten in moderation it can help promote weight loss, as it may help squash your appetite, according to a study published in Nutrition Journal. The study determined that overweight individuals who ate half a Hass avocado with their lunch reported satiety for up to five hours after lunch. Win!
Per serving: 218 cals, 11.6g carbs, 0.9g sugar, 2.7g protein, 19.9g fat, 9.5g sodium, 9.1g fiber 

10- Pineapple
"It's juicy, tangy, and filled with bromelain, which helps with digestion by breaking down protein," says Shapiro. Heads up, pineapple skews higher in sugar, so keep track of your serving size with this one.
Per serving: 82.5 cals, 21.6g carbs, 16.3g sugar, 0.9g protein,0.2g fat, 1.7g sodium, 2.3g fiber


Another fruit high in fiber, pears can help keep your satiety high and your digestive system operating smoothly, says Shapiro.
Per serving: 85.5 cals, 22.8g carbs, 14.6g sugar, 0.5g protein, 0.2g fat, 1.5g sodium, 4.7g fiber

The best fruits that help you lose weight
The best fruits that help you lose weight

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