10. Apples and Other Fruit
What makes the apple so potent? In part, it ‘s because most of us eat the peel: It ‘s a great way to add more fiber and nutrients into your diet. But there ‘s a downside: The peel is where fruit tends to absorb and retain most of the pesticides they are exposed to, apples and peaches being the worst offenders. That ‘s why, for maximum weight-loss potential, we strongly recommend you buy organic versions of apples, pears, peaches, and other eat-the-peel fruits.
You ‘ll experience a terrific payoff if you do: In a UCLA study, normal-weight people reported eating on average, two servings of fruit and 12 grams (g) of fiber a day; those who were overweight had just one serving and 9 g. Credit that extra 3 g fiber—the amount in one single apple or orange—as the difference maker.