Watermelon is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, related to the cantaloupe, squash, pumpkin, cucumber. Approximately 92% of its content is represented by water, which gives its juicy and thirst-quenching texture. Since there is so much water in a melon, the number of calories in this vegetable is very low – you can enjoy 100 grams of delicious watermelon for 30 calories only.
The majority of these calories come from watermelon’s sugar content. 100 g of watermelon contain approximately 7.5 g of fructose, a carbohydrate which provides the vegetable with a sweet taste. In addition, watermelon contains some dietary fiber, indigestible carbohydrates: 0.4 g of fibers for each 100 g serving.
Watermelon is a very rich source of numerous health promoting phyto-nutrients and anti-oxidants that are essential for health, like Vitamin-A, lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, potassium, vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), vitamin-C, and manganese.
In the summer, watermelon diet is a very popular diet, since we all feel the need to drink more liquids. Watermelon is an excellent option, because it can help you lose weight by curbing your appetite, flushing out toxins and improving your digestive system.
A watermelon diet is usually successful because you can eat a lot of this vegetable and the act of chewing and swallowing helps you feel as if you ate more calories than you actually did. The content of natural sugar helps curb a sweet tooth and the fibers help you feel fuller for a longer period of time, so you will avoid overeating.
A watermelon diet usually lasts for 5 days.During that period the amount of sodium in the body will get stabilized, and as a result get rid of excess liquid.What you can eat in this period is watermelon only. Ideally you will have to eat each day one kilogram of watermelon for 10 kilograms of your body weight (ex: 7 kilograms of watermelon for 70 kilograms of body weight). The watermelon can be eaten whenever you want. During this diet you can drink only water (noncarbonated and unmineralized) or green tea.
You can lose up to 4 kilograms during a 5 day watermelon diet.
If you do not want to gain weight immediately after the diet is completed, you should follow several simple tips. You have to eat moderate and always include in your breakfast oatmeal, cottage cheese or one egg. You should have fish or chicken with light green salad for lunch and watermelon for dinner. During the after diet period, you will have to eat 1 kilogram watermelon for every 30 kilograms of your body weight.
This diet is not recommended for people with kidney stones, diabetes, or pancreas disorders.
Since is a mono diet, remember to follow the diet for 5-6 days only. If you will eat watermelon only for longer periods of time, your body will be deprived of other nutritional substances.
The advantage is that you will get rid of the excess water and of dangerous toxins. Watermelon will remove the unwanted salt and substances and will improve the function of your bladders. Your metabolism will be improved and your body will be able to burn the fats faster.