It’s watermelon season and it’s a great opportunity to take advantage, detox and lose a few pounds. Watermelon contains 91% water and only 6% sugar and it is filled with vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamins B1 and B6, anti-oxidants, potassium and magnesium.
The 13 days watermelon diet will help you detox your body and can help you lose between 6 and 8 kg. It consists in 2 parts:
- The first 3 days you cannot eat anything else but watermelon.
- In the second part of the diet which has to last up to 10 days (or minimum 6) includes eating watermelon, but only as a snack. And you can have only 2 meals a day. The great thing about the second phase of this diet is that it permits you to eat a variety of foods: 1 bowl of cereals, 1 slice of cheese, grilled or boiled chicken, fish or lean veal, vegetable salad with a little bit of olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice. Eat 2-3 watermelon slices as snack, every day, throughout the day not at once.
The benefits of eating watermelon:
100g only has 30 calories, and also contains 1g of fiber, 1g of proteins, vitamin A, E, C, D, thiamin, niacin, vitamins B12 and B6, pantothenic acid, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, selenium and several other nutritious components.
Due to its high water content it’s great for when you’re thirsty, being a delicious replacement for plain water.
It has been found that it prevents several types of cancer.
It contains citrulline, usually found in the melon peel, which is an amino-acid that relaxes and dilates the blood vessels, reducing oxidative stress, responsible for most inflammatory processes in our body.
It prevents kidney stones.
Relieves osteoarthritis pains.