Get your favorite fruits in, while still losing weight!

Top 10 Fruits for Weight loss

Fruit often gets a bad reputation in the weight loss world because they are typically high in sugar. However most fruit contain many nutrients that are beneficial to your health. Some can also help keep you full while eating fewer calories. I have provided a list of top 10 of fruits and why they are the healthier choice in the fruit world.

Berries: Berries contain important vitamins. They also have very many positive effects on cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and inflammation. Berries are also low in calories, so be sure to fill up on these!

Strawberries: Based off my list below, strawberries and bananas actually have the highest amounts of sugar, but provide great amounts of packed nutrients that outweigh the sugar. There are 3 grams of fiber and only 50 calories for a cup of strawberries. And for me, because I crave candy often, this is one of the closest fruits to crave your satisfaction of sugar instead if something much worse.

Grapefruit : Grapefruit is a healthy snack before main meals to help reduce your overall food intake. Because of it's high water content it will help increase your fullness, and not providing very many calories. Crazy enough, it takes more energy for your tummy to digest the grapefruit than the amount of calories. They are also high in vitamin C and A.

Apples: Who doesn't love apples? They are high in fiber, low in calories, and can also be quite filling! Even better, studies show they may help support weight loss. Great snack and easy to carry around!

Melons: Melons are high in water content, as well as being low in calories. So in the summer stay hydrated with some melons while losing weight.

Banana: Bananas are filled with potassium and ample nutrients. Because they are jam packed with nutrients and fiber, they are a great part of a weight loss plan. Even though they have more sugar than other fruits, if you eat a banana, it is better than heading straight to candy.

Avocado: My Favorite. Even though avocadoes are high in fat, they help promote weight loss and weight maintenance. Often times people do not realize if you cut out a tremendous amount of carbs in your diet, then you must increase your "good fats" content high enough to keep your body and metabolisms operating optimally. So by having an avocado this will help increase your good fats. Higher fats increase metabolism and testosterone levels. These levels are the main once that help in fat loss.

Oranges: Other than smelling fresh and so clean, oranges actually provide fiber and a great amount of Vitamin C. They can also keep you feeling full and satisfied throughout the day.

Kiwi: Kiwis low in calorie and high fiber. They are perfect for a weight loss plan. In addition they provide tons of nutrients and a range of health benefits.

Passion Fruit: Passion fruit is a low-calorie, high-fiber fruit that may benefit blood pressure and insulin sensitivity. Therefore another one to your list of ideal fruits for weight loss.



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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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