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.
As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.
Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).
Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.
But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.
Cristian Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. He acknowledged that some of his struggles last year could be attributed to some extra weight he was carrying around in addition to the already-documented mechanical flaws he had.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 22, 2024
In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.
Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.
The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.