Watermelon and weight
Natural fat burning foods are great to have on hand to help with your dieting efforts. This summer visit your local Columbia farmer’s markets and stock up regularly on delicious seasonal fat burning watermelon.
Watermelon is one of the healthiest foods in the world. It takes center stage by its high water content, its high levels of vitamin A and carotenoids and its high content of lycopene. Most people just know it taste great and a must at all picnics. But, if you are trying to lose weight then learning all that watermelon offers you and your family will make it a must have summertime fruit.
Watermelon and weight
That stuffed feeling that we get after diving into a bowl of fresh, cold watermelon comes from the fact that watermelon is 92 percent water. Dr. Barbara Rolls at Pennsylvania State University found that water as part of food has a very satisfying and filling effect. “When water is incorporated into food, satiety is increased and people ultimately eat less food” Rolls says. Consider having a bowl of watermelon at the start of your meal to work with your weight loss efforts. The high water content and satiety will help your eat fewer calories at mealtime.
Lycopene, a protecting benefit
Lycopene is what gives watermelon and other red fruits and vegetables their red color. This pigment acts as an antioxidant in the body, protecting cells against damage from the free radicals formed when body cells burn oxygen for energy. When you are aware of foods that provide health benefits your likelihood of eating these foods more often increases. Men who have lycopene in their diets have less risk of prostate cancer and an increase in energy. Lycopene helps protect against other diseases as well.
Powerhouse, vitamin A
Abundantly found in foods like watermelon, kale, spinach, mangos and many more. Vitamin A is packed with nutrients that strengthen our immune system. It is essential for the lymphocytes, or white blood cells that fight infection once in the body. When converted into the retinal form, it is vital for healthy eyes and effectively improves night vision. When converted into retinoic acid it effectively maintains healthy bones and teeth. Finally vitamin A combats free radicals that can damage the skin through oxidative stress. Vitamin A is like a skin moisture retainer protecting the skin from acne, scaly patches, itchy skin, even wrinkling.
Healthy great tasting fat burning food choices are always equally amazing with their health benefits. Next time you snuggle up with a fresh bowl of watermelon think of it as satisfying weight loss medicine without the side effects.