Tomatoes and Weight loss: Are they fattening?

If you are among people trying to lose some weight, then you must watch the foods you consume in order to succeed with your weight-loss journey. These days, tomatoes form a significant part of our diets, and are eaten very frequently than most other vegetables. Due to this, people who are trying to lose weight often demand to know whether tomatoes are fattening or not.

Tomatoes are not fattening at all. They are not bad for your weight-loss journey. Instead, you can incorporate them into your diet to achieve your weight loss goals. Below, I will be talking about some of the reasons why tomatoes are not fattening.

Are tomatoes fattening

  • Low in calories

The intake of excess calories is responsible for weight gain. It’s a simple fact. If you consume more calories than your body needs, you gain some weight. Also, if you consume fewer calories than your body needs, you lose some weight. Simple!

Tomatoes are very low in calories. Up to 100 grams of these vegetables provide just 18 calories. An entire cup, chopped or sliced, provides just 32 calories.

  • Low in fats

Well, it is believed that high-fat foods cause people to gain weight easily. This is probably due to the fact that 1 g of fat provides up to 9 calories, as compared to a gram of carbohydrate that provides just 4 calories. After the body burns the amount of calories it needs for the day, extra fat that is not needed is then stored in the body, which leads to weight gain. Just as we have seen above, more calories means increased weight gain, but only when you are taking more amounts than your body can successfully burn.

Interestingly, tomatoes are very low in fats, as they contain just 0.2 g per 100 grams. So, even if you consume 500 grams of tomatoes, fat will only provide its quota of 9 calories, and carbohydrates just 90 calories, altogether making only 99 calories. Now, compare that with a typical serving of french fries (139 g), which provides up to 427 calories.

Now do the maths for a 500 grams of french fries, and compare it with that of tomato. I bet you will be astonished at the level of difference in calories between them. I used french fries as an example because I know it’s widely consumed, and you can’t deny the fact that you love it too.

  • High volume

Eating foods that are low in calories, and high in volume can make you lose weight. High volume foods typically have low fat content, high amounts of water, and significant amounts of protein and fiber. Tomato has a high amount of water, about 94% of its total content. It also contain significant amounts of protein and dietary fiber. This properties make them a high-volume food.

High volume foods like tomatoes can help you lose weight by increasing your level of satiety. This means you stay full by eating just little amount of calories.

Tomato and weight loss

Recently, there have been a surge in researches evaluating the effect of tomato juice consumption on weight loss, with most studies recording a positive effect. A particular study conducted at China Medical University, Taiwan, found tomato juice consumption everyday to cause decline in waist measurements of 25 healthy women, with most of them losing more than a pound in fat. However, scientist have criticized the experiment, due to a lack of control group.

As a wrap up, what I do want you to take note is that people gain weight because they eat more calories than they burn. No food cause weight loss. Just by eating tomatoes, you will not lose weight or burn fat. You only get to lose weight when you eat fewer calories than your body needs.

In essence, tomato contributes to your weight-loss activity because it has small amounts of calories, significant fiber content, and high amounts of water, with the latter 2 properties involved in stimulating a feeling of satiety.

On the other hand, exercises can help you burn more calories. But in the end, it all boils down to the amount of calories you consume. That is why substituting your high-calorie foods with foods that contain little amounts of calories such as tomatoes, is probably the best way to lose some weight.

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By Abbati

Abbati studied Biological sciences at Ahmadu Bello Univeristy, Zaria. He loves learning about the medicinal properties of foods, and the need to explore them!

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