The fear of fruit sugar is easily the single biggest reason why people make the mistake of not eating more fruits for weight loss.

But as you'll see, this couldn't be further from the truth (as proven by modern science).

It's true that not all fruits are created equal, but if you know how to pick them, you can literally stuff your face with fruits all day (and still keep burning off that stubborn body fat).

Read this guide all the way through, and you'll know exactly what you need to do to start enjoying the benefits of fruits for weight loss in your own life right away.

Before we get started, here's a short overview of everything that I've covered in this guide:

Can fruits actually help you lose weight?

Here's why you should at last consider eating more fruits for weight loss:

Most fruits will allow you to eat a lot of them without brining too many extra calories to the table.

Even bananas, that are a relatively high-calorie fruit, contain only 89 calories per 100 grams.

Apples come in at 52 calories per 100 grams and watermelon will deliver only 30 calories per 100 grams.

As you can see, the difference in how many calories different fruits contain can be quite large.

(Bananas contain almost three times as many calories as watermelon, for example.)


What would a "fat burning" fruit meal even look like?

Let's say that, if you wanted to get rid of that annoying body fat, you'd have to limit your meals to 500-600 calories.

(This is usually the number of calories per meal most diets recommend.)

So, if you ate a 100% fruit meal, that would mean you could eat up to 4 pounds (2 kilograms) of watermelon.

Even if you went with some of the higher-calorie fruits like bananas, you could still eat about 5-6 bananas without busting through your calorie limits.

Which brings us right to...

The #1 reason why eating fruits for weight loss is a good idea

You see, most people could not eat 5-6 bananas as a meal, much less swallow down 4 pounds of watermelon.

This is actually great news if you're thinking of eating fruits for weight loss.

In other words, if you ate a 100% fruit diet, you'd actually have a really hard time getting in too many calories.

Just think about this for a while.

To get in 2000 calories of watermelon, you'd have to force yourself into swallowing down almost 15 pounds (7 kilograms) of watermelon.

Here's what's at work behind the scenes...

The little known benefits of eating fruits for weight loss

While most people fear the fruit sugar, you've now seen the insane amounts of fruit you can actually eat (without busting through your daily calorie limit).

Naturally, being able to eat huge meals will make you feel fuller and keep you satisfied longer.

Most fruits contain a lot of fiber, which has also been proven[1] to speed up fat loss.

On top of this, fresh fruits contain a lot of water, which also helps keep your metabolism revved up.

Time to see which fruits you need to eat to start enjoying each of these benefit in real life.

10 best fruits for weight loss on the planet

How did I select the 10 fruits that are the "best" for weight loss?

Quite simply, I took all the fruits that are listed in the USDA Food Composition Databases and found 10 that had the smallest possible amount of calories.

So here's a list of 10 absolute best fruits for weight loss:

Place Fruit Calories per 100g
1 Casaba Melon 28
2 Lemons 29
3 Grapefruit 30
4 Watermelon 30
5 Limes 30
6 Carambola (starfruit) 30
7 Strawberries 32
8 Huckleberries 34
9 Peaches 39
10 Prickly pears 41

You've already seen the science and read about the benefits each of all the fruits on the list.

The only thing you need to do now, is pick the ones you like the most and start enjoying and benefiting from them on a daily basis.

Which fruits have negative calories in them?

The idea that some foods have "negative" calories in them, is quite popular on and off the Internet. If negative-calorie foods actually existed, you could literally stuff your face with such foods and still keep burning off that ugly body fat.

But the truth is, no such foods actually exist.

Even if you buy a "zero-calorie" drink, like Coke Zero, it'll still have at least some calories.

(Check the labels yourself if you don't believe me.)

When it comes to fruits, you've already seen the official calorie numbers (that have been gathered through actual scientific research).

And no matter how ridiculously small number of calories some of these fruits contain, these calories are still very much "positive".


Here's how negative calories could actually work (at best)

I've seen many explanations about what negative calories actually are, but the only case I can make for them, is this:

Let's say you pick a food that really is extremely low in calories, like celery at a ridiculously low number of only 8 calories per 100 grams. And let's say that you really took the time and chewed each bite thoroughly before swallowing it down.

In this case, MAYBE you'd burn off more calories on chewing (and digesting) the celery than you got in.

But even in this case, I could say this doesn't mean celery is actually a negative-calorie food. I could say this only means you're burning off calories with a chewing workout.

(I'd probably also remind you that far better calorie-burning types of exercise exist, than training your jaw with crunchy, low-calorie foods.)

The bottom line is, with the lowest possible number of calories at a little below 30 calories per 100 grams, no negative-calorie fruits exits.

Summary (actionable takeaways)

If you know how to pick the extremely low hanging fruit (that's, extremely low in calories), you can literally eat almost unlimited amount of fruits for weight loss.

You also saw the science on why such fruits will provide you with a better feeling of fullness and keep you satisfied longer.

And the best part is, fruits can do all of that WITHOUT bringing a lot of calories to the table or slowing down your fat burn in any other way.

Just pick any of the 10 best fruits for weight loss listed above, and you simply can't go wrong, no matter how much you eat.

Written by

Rok Sprogar is a NASM Certified Nutrition Coach (NASM-CNC) and a NASM Certified Weight Loss Specialist (NASM-WLS) who has been contributing highly actionable and science-based content to Leanhigh.