Did you know that a watermelon is made up of 92% water? Well, it is not surprising really as you will know just how refreshing it is to eat one.
Yet what is the other 8% made of? This extra 8% is made up of nutrients that can help provide numerous health benefits including the ability to aid with your weight loss efforts.
How will watermelon help you to lose weight?
For a start, a cup of melon only contains 47 calories, making it an ideal snack to have between meals.
Its water content will keep you full and it has got to be a better option than reaching for a chocolate or some crisps.
This is not the only way that melon can help with your weight loss efforts, as it can also:
#1 – Reduce acid in your body
The fat cells found within your body contain both toxins and acid. If your body contains too much acid it will not let go of those fat cells, however hard you try.
#2 – Contains high levels of citrulline
Eating melon can help detox your system, in part due to its high levels of citrulline.
This citrulline makes arginine that helps to remove ammonia and other toxins from your body by increasing the amount of urine you produce, leading to a diuretic effect.
#3 – Full of dietary fibre
A diet full of dietary fibre will help keep your colon clean and functioning properly, leaving your body cleansed.
#4 – Full of potassium
Potassium can help balance the sodium (salt) found in your diet. This will help support your kidneys, especially during a cleanse.
#5 – Increased metabolism
As the watermelon can remove toxins from your body your metabolism will improve as these toxins have been slowing it down.
Other health benefits of watermelon
Weight loss is not the only benefit of watermelon, it can also help prevent wrinkles due to its high levels of lycopene.
Lycopene can slow down ageing by reducing the oxidation that can cause wrinkles and blemishes to develop.
Watermelon can also reduce inflammation, which can help prevent issues such as asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer and arthritis.
Issues with eating watermelon
Although a watermelon can offer numerous benefits you should remember that it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
It is best not to eat too much watermelon as it is a diuretic so can increase the risk of becoming dehydrated or experiencing an electrolyte imbalance.