When it comes to jumpstarting your metabolism, there are several fruits that can help burn calories, regulate appetite and rev up energy to shed those unwanted pounds. By concentrating on fruits high in water, Vitamin C and carotenoids will help a naturally- occurring hormone called “leptin” enhance its metabolic function.
Fruits with Vitamin C
Fruits high in Vitamin C have fat-burning qualities that can help up speed metabolism by burning an extra 100 calories a day. Calculated to one year’s worth of decreasing calories, you can lose 10 lbs. a year by eating fruits rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant with anti-aging properties; it is well known as you age, your metabolism slows down.
Lemon, grapefruit, orange, lime, tomato, mango, and kiwi are all beneficial for boosting energy, especially kiwi and grapefruit. Grapefruit is rich in phytonutrients, Vitamins A & C, betacarotene, all vital nutrients needed for normal metabolism. They facilitate the function of oxygenation and processing of nutrients from foods, thus releasing energy and jumpstarting metabolism. Before the “South Beach Diet”, there was the grapefruit diet. Although a limiting and extreme diet, it nonetheless helped people lose weight very quickly on a short-term basis.
Kiwi fruit, on the other hand is also good for normal metabolism; its high Vitamin C content of 70 mg per fruit helps the body produce and utilize energy to get it moving. Kiwi is also rich in betacarotene, fiber, potassium, Vitamins A & E, all beneficial in boosting the immune system and protecting the body from certain diseases and infection.
Oranges, with similar nutritional value to kiwi fruit, are also beneficial in improving metabolism. The bright color of orange indicates high amounts of phytonutrients and carotenoids, essential components for boosting metabolism. In addition, adding fresh lemon juice to a glass of warm water is great for the digestive system, helping move things along in the gastrointestinal tract and stimulating the body to burn more calories from food.
Fruits with High Water Content
Honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon are fruits known for their high water content. As drinking plenty of water is essential to any weight-loss program, eating fruits high in water is also beneficial. The body is comprised of 75% water, needed for all bodily processes and activities that require a great deal of energy. Additionally, these water-fruits are low in calories and carbohydrates.
This group of melons is also high in potassium. When sugar levels are low in the body and you are feeling sluggish, the liver generally releases a substance called “glycogen” to counteract this low-energy effect. Potassium is the mineral which helps the liver produce glycogen. People with low potassium levels tend to have a lowered metabolism as well.
One serving of honeydew or cantaloupe renders approximately 404 mg of potassium, while watermelon contains half that amount. In times past, people often had cantaloupe or honeydew for breakfast, along with a half cup of cottage cheese as an important component for weight loss or maintenance.
Fruits High in Carotenoids
Carotenoids are a “class of natural fat-soluble pigments” that give many fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors. Colors can range from yellows to reds, greens to purple-colored vegetables like eggplant and blue-colored fruit like blueberries. These colors indicate high levels of phytonutrients that help leptin to boost metabolism. Betacarotene is one type of carotenoid found in fruits. Betacarotene is a precursor to Vitamin A, an important nutrient for eye health and skin care. By all means, add fresh blueberries to your morning cup of yogurt, or hot bowl of oatmeal to jumpstart your metabolism and provide energy for your morning activities.
Besides being delicious, nutritious, and colorful, certain fruits can help jumpstart your metabolism. By incorporating some of these fruits into your daily diet can help immensely in weight-management or weight-loss programs.