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New Delhi: The summer season is all about fruits, and the tempting, colourful, tasty fruits are a great way to add taste and nutrition in your diet. The fruits available during the summer are mostly very hydrating and should be a part of your diet to beat the heat. However, if you are on a weight loss diet, can you eat these fruits with extra calories without messing up your weight loss plans?
Some summer fruits are very sugary and sweet, and therefore can be a very rich source of carbs. Extra carbs get stored in your body as fat or glycogen and can lead to weight gain. It is important to know which fruits should you include in your diet, which you should not, and the right quantities of consumption of these fruits. If you are diabetic, you should try to keep portions of these fruits controlled to manage blood sugar better.
Steer clear of these fruits if you are on a weight loss diet
The most-favourite fruit of the majority of the country, and also called the King of fruits, mangoes are very delicious and nutritious as they contain fibre and other nutrients. However, one mango on an average also contains sugar as high as 45gm! It is very important to eat half a mango at one go, and save the rest for later if you have diabetes or are trying to watch your weight.
Another very healthy and nutritious, tasty fruit is the grapes but one cup of this fruit can contain sugar up to 17 gm. You must control your portion for this food at half to one cup only to make sure you are able to lose and maintain the weight.
Many people enjoy cherries as munchies and often couple them with chocolate to dip them in. However, the sweet cherries contain a lot of sugar which can be as high as 18 gm for a cup of them. Do the math when you add the chocolate and realise what it can do for your weight loss efforts. Limiting your portion is also important if you are diabetic.
Another summer favourite fruit of many people, watermelons are also high in sugar. One medium wedge of watermelon can contain sugar as high as 17 gm. While watermelons are good for the summer heat as they are very hydrating and contain a lot of nutrients, watermelons should be limited to 1 to 2 slices in a day only.
Bananas are healthy and good for weight loss but one banana can contain sugar up to 14 gm. Having one banana a day is fine, and you can also extend the bar to two if it is the only fruit or sugary item you are eating in the whole day. However, if you are eating other sugary fruits or any other food items, try restricting your intake of banana to one or just half.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.