How to Lose Weight with Apples
When we diet, eating fruit and vegetables is always recommended to lose weight without risking our health. These foods are rich in nutrients and contain very few calories, which is perfect to enjoy a low-fat, balanced diet. Of all the fruits available, apples have always been integral to dieting as they are rich in water and fiber.
Many people add this fruit to their meals so as to make use of its benefits and help define their figure. In this OneHowTo article we explain how to lose weight with apples by revealing the fruit's properties as well as the different and exciting ways you can incorporate it into your diet.
Properties of apples for weight loss
Is it possible to lose weight with apples? Yes. That's mainly because they are rich in fiber, which allows us to detox our body naturally while increasing our feeling of satiety so we avoid snacking between meals.
Apples are the perfect fruit to detox our body naturally, as they are mainly water. This triggers a diuretic effect that allows us to eliminate toxins through our urine. With less water in the body we reduce fluid retention and, in addition, conditions like orange peel effect.
We have already mentioned that apples are rich in fiber, a component which reduces the feeling of hunger as the metabolism slowly digests the food. This makes us not want to eat between meals and therefore avoid snacking on unhealthy foods like cookies, chips and so on.
Apples (and all fruits in general) contain fructose, a component that raises our blood sugar and therefore satisfies the desire to eat less nutritious sweets. Eating an apple mid-afternoon will prevent you from falling into the temptation of eating a piece of chocolate!
Very low in calories
Apples are a very nutritious fruit that improves intestinal transit, reduces appetite and cleanses the body naturally. And besides all these benefits, it has almost no calories! Therefore it is a perfect fruit to include in your diet and enjoy healthy eating. In OneHowTo you can discover how many calories there are in an apple.
How to lose weight eating apples
If you want to lose weight eating apples you only have to follow a healthy, low-fat diet that includes 1 or 2 apples a day; this way you will be giving your body all those yummy nutrients. In general, to have a balanced diet and lose weight you must follow the following premises:
Diet rich in fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are the perfect type of food to add to your menu, as they are full of nutrients and are usually very low in calories. To keep your caloric intake low you should cook vegetables without breading or frying them. Fruit can be eaten all day, but avoid it in the later hours of the day as it is rich in sugars and if these are not consumed through exercise or other activities, they can be stored as a saturated fat reserve.
Low fat foods
You also need to incorporate to your menu other foods that are healthy, nutritious and low in fat. In this regard you should know that proteins from lean meats or fish are recommended as long as these are cooked in healthy ways (grilled, baked, boiled, without sauces or excess oil).
Carbohydrates should also be part of your diet but avoid taking these late in the day and, whenever possible, opt for whole grain versions.
5 meals a day
To lose weight whilst eating healthy it is imperative that you distribute your meals into 5 portions a day to avoid reaching the end of the day too hungry. It is best that you eat healthy portions every 3 to 4 hours at the most, and that you have dinner around 2 hours before going to bed. This will speed up your metabolism and burn more fat.
In this OneHowTo article we give you some tips so you know what are the healthiest foods that you should eat everyday.
The Apple Diet
If you want to lose weight faster and more effectively with apples then you can try the Apple Diet, a 'flash diet' method that can only be done for five days. The Apple Diet is a plan that promises a weight loss of 4 to 7 kilos (8 to 15 lbs) by greatly reducing the nutrients you eat during the day to not only burn fat but also detox the body naturally.
This diet is usually recommended for specific occasions in which you want to lose weight fast, for example in the run up to a wedding, to detox the body after Christmas and so on. You can't follow this plan as a standard diet as it is very low in nutrients and if you follow it for more than a week you could get sick. Be very careful!
Due to the low caloric and nutritional contribution during the 5 days, it is strictly forbidden to carry out any physical exercise or undergo any efforts as you could suffer from fatigue, tiredness, dizziness, nausea and so on.
How to follow the apple diet
The foundation of this diet method is to eat apples above all else and, little by little, adding other foods to satiate the appetite but adding no fat. Thus, the apple diet is divided into the following phases:
- 1st day: Eat only apples - as many as you want.
- 2nd day: Apples and mixed salad for lunch.
- 3rd and 4th day: You can incorporate carbohydrates for breakfast and fish for lunch. Dinner must be exclusively apples.
- 5th day: Carbohydrates for breakfast and lean meats for lunch. Dinner should also be apples.
As you can see, it is a very strict diet that is low in nutrients and therefore it is very important that it does not go on for over 5 days. Also keep in mind that you may experience the dreaded 'rebound effect' if, after the diet, you eat in abundance or unevenly again.
For this reason at OneHowTo we recommend that you bet on a healthy diet that includes eating apples but that you avoid going on flash diets as eventually you will regain the weight you have lost.
This is how to lose weight with apples: If you want to try them in different ways instead of eating them as they are, here you have some exciting ideas for apple-related foods:
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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