Summer is finally here and you know what that means- warmer weather, outdoor barbeques, and of course revealing bathing suits!
But before you start to panic about bearing all in your bikini, let’s take a look at the summer foods that can actually help you to slim down.
That’s right! Some delicious summer food can actually help you shed pounds and shrink your waistline, so you’ll look fantastic in your bathing suit before your next pool party!
Make a summer salad and top it with sliced peaches or blend them in a smoothie. According to Roberta Jenero, RD, Founder of Figure Facts, LLC, this refreshing fruit may promote weight loss. “A 12 week Brazilian study (also) showed overweight women who ate 3 small pears or apples a day lost more weight that those eating oat cookies instead.”
As nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH, owner of Essential Nutrition For You points out, “Peaches are known to suppress your appetite simply because of the fiber content.” And the less hungry you are, the smaller portions you will eat, helping to promote weight loss.
A summer staple, this tangy fruit can help burn fat and whittle away your middle. “There is a phytochemical, monoterpene limonene, and flavenoids in grapefruit that helps reduce insulin levels making it easier to mobilize stored body fat,” states Jenero.
Grapefruit also contains diuretic properties helping you shed unwanted water weight, which can bloat your waistline.
Susan Greeley, M.S., R.D, author of Cooking With Trader Joe’s Cookbook “Lighten Up!” recommends this delicious fruit as a great way to shed pounds throughout the summer. “The high water content makes it one of the best low-calorie fruits to fill up on. It curbs your craving for refined sugars and is my best recommendation for people who are volume eaters because it’s a great way to fill up without overdoing it.”
Watermelon is also rich in the amino acid arginine, which studies have shown to promote fat loss and increase muscle mass.
This raw, crunchy snack is a perfect addition to any summer salad. As Batayneh points out, “Jicama is rich in ellagic acid, which helps the body break down fructose while reducing levels of weight-sabotaging inflammation. Because it is it rich in ellagic acid and vitamin C, this helps the body use glucose as energy rather than storing it as fat. In addition, the fiber in jicama can keep you regular and prevent bloating in your tummy.”
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Cherries are rich in the plant chemical anthocyanins, which research has shown to help reduce body fat and decrease inflammation. And, as Lisa DeFazio, MS, RD points out, “cherries take time to eat as you have to remove the seed while eating it, allowing you to eat more slowly.” Since the slower you eat, the more likely you are to recognize your body’s satiety cues, this tasty fruit may help prevent you from overeating.
Whole red grapes are rich in resveratrol, which research has found may help to halt the development of fat cells and even prevent mature fat cells from released damaging hormones that can increase disease risk in lab settings.
More research still needs to be conducted, but snacking on red grapes certainly can’t hurt. As DeFazio recommends, “you can freeze grapes for a refreshing snack that is high in fiber and satisfies a sweet tooth.”
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Erin Palinski, RD, CDE, LDN, CPT is a nationally recognized nutrition and fitness expert who has contributed her expertise to national media outlets such as the CBS Early Show, ABC News, CBS News, News 12, and Fox News. She operates a private nutrition practice in NJ and frequently serves as a motivational speaker, media spokesperson, nutrition consultant. She is the author of the upcoming “Belly Fat Diet for Dummies,” the “Healthy ‘n Fit Pediatric Weight Management Program” as well as the “Healthy Resolutions Weight Management Program.” Erin is available for individualized nutrition counseling, coaching, and meal planning on her website www.erinpalinski.com.