5 Natural Slimming Foods

White konjac shirataki noodles on a fork garnished with some basil leaves.

Shirataki noodles made from konjac root are one of the foods you can use to stimulate and maintain weight loss and control appetite. (Image: Barmalini via Dreamstime)

To lose or not to lose — weight is a popular topic these days. Either you want to gain some pounds, or lose them. Below are five slimming foods that will help you get a slim body; the knowledge is yours to either eat them or avoid them.

Slimming foods for your waistline

1. Watermelon

Watermelon works as a diuretic (tending to increase the excretion of urine); its sodium content is low, and it is free of fat. Most obese people have accumulated too much water and by eating watermelon, you can easily observe the effect of discharging more water (urine). In the wintertime when there are no watermelons, you can use dried melon skin — approximately 30 grams per cup of water to obtain gradual weight loss.

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There are many delicious ways you can include watermelon into your diet — by itself, it makes a refreshing treat or cooked in a turkey recipe, for example, it adds a delicious layer of flavor to your food.

Watermelon is one of the slimming foods that works as a diuretic.
Watermelon works as a diuretic (tending to increase the excretion of urine); its sodium content is low, and it is free of fat. (Image: kps7942 via Pixabay)

2. Cucumbers

Another slimming food is cucumbers. Medical experiments have shown that cucumbers inhibit the formation of carbohydrates into fatty alcohol and acidic substances. They also promote the excretion of intestinal cholesterol.

3. Papaya

Papaya decomposes fat compositions. Papaya milk contains two enzymes, one of which is papain (a commercial meat tenderizer, and in medicine, a protein digestant). Regular consumption can benefit obese people.

Half of a sliced papaya.
Papaya decomposes fat compositions. (Image: Pezibear via Pixabay)

4. Plums

The plum is believed to be a world leader in weight loss programs. There are more than 200 varieties of plums. They are rich in vitamins A and C, riboflavin, potassium, and fiber. The plum gives significant antioxidant protection.

5. Konjac root

Konjac root is another name for glucomannan — the fiber derived from the root of the konjac plant that grows mainly in Asia. The konjac root is said to stimulate and maintain weight loss, and control appetite. Konjac root is processed into tofu, noodles, bread, and cakes. However, serious side effects have been reported, and its use has been banned in some countries, so be careful about consuming this root.

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