Watermelon for Weight Loss


Please enjoy this guest post by, Madhavi Dandu, from UrbanWired.  

Watermelon is a great fruit that most dietitians swear by because it’s great  for weight loss.

Watermelons have great water content, 92% to be exact, which makes it the ideal fruit for summers and the ideal food for your stomach to digest. It’s low on calories and rich in vitamins and minerals.

Many people use watermelon to completely substitute a meal, or use an only watermelon diet to lose weight. This isn’t advisable. Eating only one particular type of food will do your body more harm than good. Having said that, there are so many reasons why including watermelon in your daily diet is a good thing.

Here are a few reasons why watermelons should be part of your weight loss plan:

  • Low on calories: Made of 92% water, watermelons are extremely filling and as little as 30 calories per 100 grams. They are great substitutes for dessert as they will be able to satiate your craving for something sweet yet make sure that you aren’t ingesting anything unhealthy.
  • Versatile fruit: Watermelons are extremely versatile. You can scoop them up and have them as a sorbet, eat them raw, juice them and include them for a sweet tinge in your salad too! There is literally no getting bored with this fruit.
  • Vitamins and antioxidants: Watermelons are also rich in Vitamins A and C and are powerful antioxidants. They help clear free radicals that can cause asthma and other heart diseases.
  • Contains Citrulline: The portion near the rind and the rind itself are rich in citrulline which is an amino acid and helps to decrease muscle fatigue. It basically relaxes the blood vessels. Decreased muscle fatigue will allow you to workout for longer leading to more weight loss.
  • Helps detox your body: Since watermelon is so high in water content it helps to flush out all your toxins. It also rich in fiber so it keeps your colon clean. Once your body is free of toxins, you will not only feel better, but lose weight faster. Your body will refuse to let go of fats if it still acidic.
  • Inexpensive: Substituting all your mid meal snacks with watermelon is one of the easiest ways to lose weight and stay in shape. You won’t need to spend too much on pills and drugs when there’s perfectly natural solution for weight loss, and it tastes as good as this.

Those aren’t the only benefits of watermelon, and the red pulp isn’t the only beneficial part of the watermelon either. As mentioned before even the rind has nutritional value and help in muscle-building and reducing fatigue.

Watermelon seeds, though tiny, also have many benefits:

  • Watermelon seeds can be dried and roasted. The seeds are protein rich and great for your body.
  • Watermelon seeds are full of Vitamin Bs. Vitamin B is necessary for converting food into energy. The most prominent of all is Niacin which helps in maintain a healthy nervous and digestive system. It is also great for your skin.
  • Magnesium can be abundantly found in watermelon seeds and it helps to regulate blood pressure and the rate of metabolism of carbohydrates.
  • The seeds also contain mono and polyunsaturated fats. These reduce your blood cholesterol and the omega 6 fatty acids reduce blood pressure.

Remember, never go for an only watermelon diet because watermelons are low on calories. Consuming only watermelons will leave you energy less as you won’t be meeting the ideal calorie intake for the day.

Including watermelons in your daily diet along with other fruits and vegetables is a great idea and a great way to stay healthy and fit!

Author bio: Madhavi Dandu is a senior editor at UrbanWired with deep love and passion for all things health, wellness, fitness and fashion. Given how uninformed people were about personal health, fitness, she saw the need to educate average joe and jane about healthy living through her writing.

Make your next smoothie with watermelon in my Watermelon Paradise Smoothie.

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