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Fruits that help lose weight

Updated on August 3, 2014

Where I live, the climate is very hot and humid, and perhaps it is due to this that I am a big in taker of extremely tangy and sour fruits. While growing up, during my pre-teen years till I was 16, I used to eat all kinds of tangy sour fruits like green mango, star fruit, fresh lemon with salt, amra, tamarind, grapefruit, etc. What I realized later on was that I was skinny back in those days without almost any effort. Of course it could have been because of my high metabolism at that age but I felt like it was due to the intake of all those healthy fruits that kept me underweight.

I tried a routine about 2 years ago which worked for me. What I did was have my lunch as usual and after I was full and there was no chance of causing acidity, I mixed a little tangy tamarind (not the sweet Thailand ones) in water and let it dissolve in the water. I added a little salt and red chili powder for taste and drank the tamarind juice for one month every day after lunch. In addition to drinking this, I took a brisk 30 minutes walk every day. I saw a marked difference in my body at the end of one month. However, most stomachs cannot take the strong taste and quality of tamarind, in which case you should stop. The positive thing about tamarind is that it is very low in sodium and sugar and high in thiamin and magnesium. Tamarind acts as a good antioxidant that fights cancer. It also helps protect the body against vitamin C deficienty. Tamarind builds up on the body’s immune system, providing protection against colds. It lowers cholesterol. Tamarind is very good for one’s health in various ways.

Grapefruit help to lose weight
Grapefruit help to lose weight

Grapefruit juice without any sugar is also very good for those trying to lose weight. I would suggest that you make the juice at home yourself. Grapefruits are low in calories, sodium and high in potassium and fat burning enzymes. It also has high water content as it has almost 90% water content. Grapefruits are steeped with vitamin C.  

Eating fresh tangy fruits are very good for your health. It lowers the chances of heart diseases by keeping the blood thin.

Juicy fruits and veggitables are a great way to keep your stomach feeling full while not really taking in many calories. However, avoid eating too many bananas as they tend to contain sugar. I would suggest that you eat fresh cucumber, grapefruit, watermelon, cantaloupe, papaya,

Avoid eating dried fruits as they have four times the energy density than normal fresh fruits.

Here is a list of fruits with the amount of calories it roughly contains:

Instructions to make tamarind juice at home:

  1. Soak two entire pods of tamarind in room temperature water for 5-10 minutes or until tamarind becomes soft and soggy.
  2. With hand mix tamarind with water. Squeeze tamarind and juice it.
  3. Separate the tamarind seed and fiber. Throw away seed and excess fiber/pulp.
  4. add water as required (depending on the amount of thickness you desire add water)
  5. Optional: salt, pepper, mint, chilli powder

In my personal experience I find tamarind to be a great fruit to lose weight. Here I am talking about the sour tamarind and not the sweet Thai tamarind. Tamarind juice with a pinch of salt and red chilli (just for flavour) everyday for 30 days after lunch helps me lose weight each summer.

Tamarind juice does not sit well in most people's stomach so try it out for a few days and test the waters before going for the 30 days ritual.

Alternatively lemon juice with honey in hot water is also a very good way of losing excess weight.

However, diet needs to be controlled and some for of exercise should be taken up.

How to make tamarind juice to lose weight:

Soak tamarind in water and mix with hand after 5-10 minutes
Soak tamarind in water and mix with hand after 5-10 minutes

70+ calories:

Banana – 1 small sized – 90; 150 g without skin - 143

Apple  – 1 medium sized – 80

Blueberries – 1 cup - 80

Blackberries – 1 cup – 90

Pear – 1 medium sized - 100

Pineapple – 1 fresh cup – 75

Tamarind
Tamarind

Below 70 calories:

Oranges – 1 medium sized -  65

Apricots – 1 fresh medium sized – 20

Kiwi fruit – 100 g – 49

Raw cucumber – 100 g – 10

Raw Tomato – 85 g/1 medium sized - 14

Fresh figs – 1 medium – 35

Grapefruit – ½ medium – 40

Papaya – 1 cup sliced – 55

Fresh Plum – 1 medium sized – 35

Peach – 1 medium – 40

Strawberries – 1 cup – 50

Raspberries – 1 cup – 60

Watermelon – 1 cup diced – 45

Cantaloupe – 1 cup diced - 55

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      K Kiss 3 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      Yes if you can eat the tamarind fruit directly it will also work.

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      Rikii 4 years ago

      What about eating the tamarind fruit. Not the juice. Is that fine?

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      K Kiss 5 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      Jess, Thanks for stopping by at my hub. I have tried tamarind juice for many years .. with breaks now and then and it always worked for me. The key is to drink it with a moderately full stomach to avoid acidity. A 30 minute workout on the side is always most helpful for a fit body.

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      Jess 5 years ago

      I have been trying tamarind and to be honest it really works

      I lost 5lb..This is what i did

      I had my dinner at 6 o clock

      I ran for abt 30 mint on treadmill

      It upto you when ever you want to ran.

      Then i drink one glass of tamarind juice.

      Trust me it works fast

      Just watch out what you eat.

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      K Kiss 5 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      you are welcome anky.

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      anky 5 years ago

      thanks this is very helpful

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      K Kiss 6 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      Thank you HikeGuy for stopping by at my hub. You should try tamarind out but I must warn you it tastes quite strong if you get the right type and not the sweet ones. Good luck with your weight loss programme and healty lifestyle. :)

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      Bryce 6 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Interesting. I'm unfamiliar with tamarind. I'll try it. Whole fruit makes a healthy snack for weight loss. I eat one to two servings a day and I've been losing weight steadily with exercise and a healthy diet.

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      Alykat 6 years ago

      Im going for a 500 calorie a day diet. This will be very helpful. Thanks! :)

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      melodyandes 6 years ago

      Very helpful hub.

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      K Kiss 7 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      you are welcome :)

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Very helpful, thanks

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      K Kiss 7 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      try to get the tangy sour ones and not the sweet ones. They originate from Africa..but it's now awailable worldwide...try finding it in an Indian or Pakistani or Bangladeshi store.

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      Patti Ann 7 years ago from Florida

      I have never heard of tamarind. I'll have to look for them. Great information - thanks!

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      K Kiss 7 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      thanks kitty and panda

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      panda 7 years ago

      you said it kitty!

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      kitty23 7 years ago

      Wow the calorie chart was helpful!