If you want to lose a few pounds, take advantage of summer fruit. It’s an easy tactic that is enjoyable to try.
It makes sense for a several reasons. For starters, when it’s hot outside, you feel more like eating light, refreshing meals. Fruit, with its high water content, is hydrating and easy to digest.
Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon and berries of all types are about 90 percent water. And all of that fluid is tied up with dietary fiber.
So fresh summer fruits are filling but low in calories.
They’re also highly nutritious. Blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe and peaches, for example, are rich in vitamins, minerals and health-supporting phytochemicals.
Eat fresh fruit as often as you can. If you are diabetic, check with your dietitian or health care provider about any special considerations you may have for carbohydrate distribution in your diet.
But for most healthy people, take steps to make fresh fruit a daily habit. Here are four ways to help: