Tomatoes are a low calorie, low fat, and highly nutritious fruit. Yes, it’s a fruit for those that still want to argue that it’s a vegetable. Many people will also try to convince others that fruits are not good for losing weight because of the natural sugar in them; however, tomatoes do not fall victim to that belief. They do not contain a high amount of sugar in them.
By knowing that tomatoes are a diet-friendly fruit, you can start to see how it can help you with your diet. But it’s not just eating them that will help you lose weight. It’s eating them at night that can help you.
Why Tomatoes Help You Lose Weight
You should have at least 15mg of lycopene a day. How much is that? You would have to eat 2 large raw tomatoes, 1 can of whole tomatoes, and about 2 cans of tomato juice to reach 15mg of lycopene. It sounds like a lot, but once you start incorporating them into meals and snacks, you’ll easily reach that amount and probably even more.
Before you think that eating that many tomatoes must be high in calories, each tomato is around 30 calories. As you can see, that means you may only be getting 200 calories from all of the tomatoes you eat as part of your tomato diet.
The reason you need to eat so many is because the lycopene in the tomatoes release the weight loss hormone 13-oxo-ODA. This hormone will speed up your metabolism.
Besides activating the weight loss hormone, tomatoes contain fiber, which helps you feel fuller for longer and helps rid your body of toxins. These additional benefits just support all of your weight loss efforts.
Why Eat Tomatoes at Night?
It’s not actually eating them late at night. It’s eating them at dinner. Since dinner is traditionally the largest meal of the day, this is when most people consume the most calories. By adding a large number of tomatoes into a dinner meal (and replacing other high-calorie foods), people are able to cut out many of the calories in that meal. This means that not only are they receiving the nutritional components of the tomatoes and the weight loss factors such as the boost in metabolism, but they are also eating fewer calories.
This diet should be followed for at least three months. Six months is better because it takes that long for the metabolism to reprogram itself. What that means is that once it speeds up because of the tomatoes, it is more likely to stay that way after six months.
Give this diet a try. It will probably be the most nutritious, healthy diet you’ve ever tried that will be effective now and for many years.