Trying to lose a few pounds? Eat a plate of apple wedges before each meal. Eating a bit of high-fiber fruit such as apple or pear before each meal is a proven weight-loss booster. Here’s what you need to know about why you eat apples to lose weight!
Why Does Eating Apples Help You Lose Weight?
A recent study divided women into two groups: one group had fruit before meals and the other group didn’t. The fruit group lost more weight, even though both groups followed the same diet plan.
Can you guess why?
Choosing fruit that’s high in fiber but low in calories and high in water content is the key.
Apples also have “diabetes-thwarting” effects. They enhance insulin sensitivity, which is important because efficiently using insulin helps the body control blood sugar.
Go with organic apples or at least apples that are pesticide free. Wash your apples well and DO eat the skin. The skin houses the compounds in apples that have shown strong potential against breast, liver and colon cancer.
To reduce the risk of developing asthma and boost overall lung function, eat a couple of apples a week. It’s the quercetin in apples that is thought to be the possible reason for their lung-boosting benefits. Quercetin may also decrease the risk of neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s by protecting brain cell membranes.
And if that wasn’t enough evidence for me to be singing about the virtues of apples, it turns out the pectin in apples appears to increase the levels of butyrate, which is a fatty acid that keeps colon tissue healthy.
Seems like an “apple a day keeps the doctor away” was great advice even before all the evidence from these studies was in! Eat apples to lose weight is pretty straight-forward advice. I’m not one of those people who loves apples, but after pulling the information together for this blog post, I’m back on track with my apple intake, I promise!
If you feel stuck and need additional support to adopt a new healthy habit or routine, consider working with me. We can partner up in setting goals, drawing on your skills and strengths, and implementing strategies to help you find your way to lasting healthy success.
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For over 15 years, Shelli has been a freelance writer and wellness habit coach on Joyinmovement. She writes about brain fitness, creating a healthy lifestyle, traveling the world, and making positive habits stick. Stop procrastinating! Take action, join her free newsletter.