Do you eat your “apple a day?” Maybe you should, especially if you want to lose weight in a healthy way. In order to derive the full benefit from apples, you must eat them with the skin on.
The skin of apples contains ursolic acid, which has been found to increase the rate at which calories are burned, as well as aid in the formation of muscle and brown fat. Brown fat burns more calories than other types of fat, so the increase in brown fat may explain why eating apples causes a person to burn more calories. It also doesn’t hurt that apples contain fiber, which tends to be more filling than many other types of food.
If you don’t like apples, maybe you just haven’t found the right variety. The ubiquitous Red Delicious doesn’t appeal to me—-the texture is too mealy and soft—- so I started experimenting with different varieties. If you love a very sweet apple, try a Honeycrisp. If tartness is your thing, nothing beats a green Granny Smith. Macouns are delicious in season when they are just picked, although they get a bit mushy when they are not fresh. My favorite all-around apple, sweet and tart with a snappy crunch, is the Braeburn. They stay especially crisp when stored in the refrigerator. It’s a double bonus when you can find these apples grown organically, which limits the pesticides in the fruit.
Eating apples to achieve weight loss has worked for me. When I went from eating no apples to eating one per day, I gradually lost twenty pounds(I believe it also helped that when I ate an apple for lunch, I ate less bread.) While I’ve heard some people recommend eating several apples per day, I continue to eat just one. If you need help with weight loss or weight control, I highly recommend adding apples to your daily diet.