If you want to slim down, one food you shouldn’t omit is watermelon. It’s low in calories, has no cholesterol, and almost no fat. It also has the antioxidant lycopene, and lycopene has been shown to lower the risk of uterine, prostate, and esophageal cancers. In fact, if you thought tomatoes had alot of lycopene, watermelon has 40 percent more. Watermelon also contains at least 88 percent water and the rest is fiber. Therefore, it is considered a “high volume” food, and high volume foods let you have large portions and encourage a feeling of fullness, thereby decreasing hunger and allowing you to consume less calories so you can lose weight.
To ensure you pick a ripe juicy watermelon, watermelon experts claim you start with the rind. The rind should be a dull green and the side that has lain on the ground should be a creamy yellow, not white. Moreover, it should be free of bruises or cuts and it should be heavy. Most people also tap the rind and listen for a hollow sound, which indicates it’s ripe. When you get it home, if you want to get the most nutrients from it, a group of researchers from the USDA Agricultural Research Service found in 2006, watermelon’s lycopene levels can increase as much as 40 percent if you keep it at room temperature, at least until you cut it.