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10 Sweet Summer foods for weight loss

1. Watermelon

Nothing screams summertime like a big slice of watermelon. You probably recall eating this as a young child, but have let it fall from your diet as an adult. Now is a great time to bring it back into your diet though because of all the different nutrients it provides.  Considering this fruit is over 90% water, it also helps keep you well hydrated when the sun pours down. Finishing off an outdoor activity with a big bowl of watermelon and some form of protein is a great way to re-hydrate yourself while supplying the carbohydrates and protein your muscles need.

2. Summer Squash

The second fruit you should add is summer squash This form squash can easily be added to stir-fries or eaten on it's own as part of a veggie tray with low-fat dip The high amount phytochemicals help with protection against heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

3. Blackberries

Blackberries have a sweet taste and can be eaten alone, tossed into your favorite protein shake, or added to a bowl of low fat frozen yogurt for dessert. Each cup provides just 62 calories, less than one gram of fat, 13.8 grams of carbohydrates, 7.6 of those coming from dietary fiber, and 2 grams of protein making it a nutritional powerhouse.

4. Papaya

Papayas are another summertime fruit that packs a powerful nutritional punch. This fruit is incredibly high in vitamin C and also contains the nutrients vitamin C, folate, potassium and fiber. Papaya also helps to promote better digestive health by reducing the occurrence of colon cancer, and for men, prostate cancer.

5. Water

While not really a 'food', water should be increased during the summer months. Replacing water with sodasbeer, or mixed alcoholic beverages, puts you in a further state of dehydration. I like to keep a pitcher of water in the fridge with slices of cucumber and either orangelemonlime, or evenwatermelon to the water. It adds a burst of flavor that is quite refreshing.

6. Cantaloupe

This melon is another great source of vitamin C and vitamin A, providing well over 100% of your daily needs per cup. In addition to this, cantaloupe proves to be even more effective for protecting your eyesight than carrots do, as individuals who consume 3 or more servings of fruit per day show a decreased risk of developing macular degeneration.

7. Cherries

Many scientists say inflammation inside your body leads to premature aging and illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. In a recent study, University of Michigan researchers found that giving whole tart cherries to lab rats reduced two common markers of blood vessel inflammation by up to 50 percent. The cherry eaters also gained less weight and experienced big drops in cholesterol.

8. Strawberries

Strawberries have more anti-aging vitamin C per serving than oranges or grapefruit. And research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that people who eat foods rich in C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don’t. C helps fight free radicals, which damage cells and break down collagen, leading to those dreaded fine (and not-so-fine) lines.

9. Green Tea

Sip on this hot or cold. Green Tea hydrates like water, which can help fill you up and shed pounds. Plus, the antioxidants in it will up your fat burn and calorie burn. One study found that five cups a day could help you lose twice as much weight, most of it around your middle.

10. Chocolate!!!

Chocolate is good all year round! A nibble of dark chocolate here and there can slow down digestion so you feel full longer and eat less at your next meal. Dark chocolate is full of MUFAs; studies show eating a diet high in these healthy fats can rev your metabolism to burn fat and calories. It may also help by curbing cravings for salt, sweet, or fatty diet-wreckers.