You’ve probably heard the tip that if you’re interested in losing weight, it’s a good idea to eat slowly chew your food at least 15-20 times before swallowing. Doing so allows your brain and body to actually sense that it’s full, instead of cramming a bunch of food down your throat only to find out 30 minutes later that you’re way too stuffed.
This brings me to my first reason about why cherries are the best weight loss fruit…
Cherries have a built in portion control. You can’t just pop 30 in your mouth in two minutes, like you could, and probably often do, with grapes or blueberries. Instead, the pits force you to eat them slowly, allowing your satiation sensors to chime. This prevents you from over-indulging.
Reason #2, and it’s a BIG one, is that cherries have the lowest glycemic index of all fruits, and one of the lowest glycemic indexes of any carbohydrate source—period.
Scoring at a ridiculously low index of 22, you can even snack on cherries in the evening without much detriment as their effect on insulin is minimalat best. Again, it’s not late-night eating that’s the problem, it’s eating the wrong foods- those that cause a substantial rise in fat-loss halting insulin.
So next time you’re in the mood for a sweet, satiating snack, reach for a small bowl of cherries and enjoy the goodness. My new favorite variety is Rainier cherries… Delicious!
Katie Politano, owner The Gym on Pearl in Burlington, ON is passionate about helping others achieve their fitness and wellness goals. What she loves about this downtown Burlington location is that it’s in the heart of a city filled with health-conscious individuals looking for diversity in their fitness routine. The Gym on Pearl offers this with its unique Boutique-style facility.