Good Morning All:
For those of you who are not familiar with Body Designs, let me give a brief introduction. Thanks to the suggestion of a few clients, I began (44 weeks ago – as you can tell by this installment’s title) I began sending out weekly fit-tips to help inform, encourage and entertain my clients on their path to their fitness goals – whatever they may be. I also began a Facebook fansite where you can check out photos, videos and catch any tips you may have previously missed.
I hope you enjoy the ride.
Now on to this week’s Body Designs…
With the temperature outside finally rising, I want to provide you with the coolest, high fiber, fat-busting summer fruits.
At almost 10 grams of fiber per cup, raspberries not only go great on top of your oatmeal, non-fat yogurt or summer salad, they also are tops on my list. All of that fiber is “compacted”, excuse the pun, in less than 65 calories.
Strawberries, not coated in sugar or chocolate sauce, contain three grams of fiber and only 50 calories per cup. They are also a great source of vitamin C, folate, potassium and manganese; all which help boost your metabolism, enabling your body to burn calories more efficiently.
Oranges, eaten, not squeezed, (as James Bond would say if he were a trainer) provide more nutritional benefits. Sure, drinking a tall glass of O.J. will give you more than enough of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C (approx. 80 mg.), however, it will come at a price. Fruit juice has a higher sugar content than its “solid” counter part! Plus, you’ll miss out on all of that fiber if you chose to open and pour instead of peel and eat. Remember, one large orange has more than 70 mg. of vitamin C and three grams of fiber.
Papayas, which can be eaten raw or cooked, have the enzyme papain, which is an additional aid in the digestive process, resulting in speedier weight loss.
Cantaloupes are also a low calorie fruit. However, an interesting benefit is that they contain choline which calms the body and prevents stress eating.
Finally, pears, especially the Asian variety, and most of you know how much I like the Asian variety, are indeed like my wife…extremely sweet and low in calories. A medium sized fruit has less than 60 calories and four grams of fiber.