4 Fruits That Burn Fat

February 12, 2013 | By | 92 Comments

Do you know the 4 fruits that burn fat? Read on to discover how nature’s candy can help you get fit and keep you healthy…

Weight loss boils down to choice. Specifically, every time you choose to eat something, you’re either taking a step toward your goals… or away from them. And if you’re like most people, you want to get in shape as fast as possible.

As such, this article will help you speed things up a bit. In fact, if you incorporate the following 4 fruits into your daily diet, you’ll see a dramatic improvement in your weight and waistline.

And before we get to the meat of the matter, let me make this small disclaimer. The title of this post is somewhat misleading. You see, there are no fruits (or foods in general) that actually burn fat. At least not directly.

Now, I’m sure you’ve heard about celery and that you use more calories to chew and digest it than it actually contains. But those are silly myths.

With that said, there are foods that speed up the weight loss process. They just do it indirectly. So, you’re not actually getting lighter every time you eat them. But, by boosting your metabolism, they’re helping you shed the pounds that much faster. And with that out of the way, let’s get to the fruits…

Fat burning fruit #1: apples. Their high pectin content binds water and prevents fat absorption by your body’s cells. As you can imagine, the less fat you store, the lighter you’ll get – simple as that.

Now, in addition to pectin, apples are very high in fiber. This keeps you full so you take in less calories throughout the day. In fact, studies have shown that eating an apple 30 minutes before a meal is a great way to control portions. The bottom line? An apple a day keeps more than the doctor away. It also keeps the pounds at bay.

Fat burning fruit #2: grapefruit. Grapefruits (much like oranges, lemons, and limes) are citrus fruits. These are high in vitamin C. And the latter plays a key fat-burning role by helping your body break it down. As such, it makes it easier to get rid of it.

What’s more is that vitamin C lowers insulin levels. The lower your levels of insulin, the less likely you are to store fat in the first place. So as you can see, this fruit provides you with a double weight loss “whammy” and you should eat it often.

Fat burning fruit #3: blueberries. What makes blueberries (and berries in general) so special in terms of weight loss? Simple, they’re packed with fiber, which again, keeps you full. Furthermore, they’re chock-full of antioxidants and improve insulin sensitivity. Grab a handful and enjoy every bite because these little guys will keep you fit and healthy into old age.

Fat burning fruit #4: tomatoes. Now, this one might come as a bit of surprise. Most people think that tomatoes are vegetables. But they are in fact fruits. And if you didn’t know that – now you do! Either way – fruit or vegetable – one thing’s for sure: it’s a great ally to have on your side in the battle of the bulge.

Here’s why…

Tomatoes are very high in biotin – a B-vitamin that plays a key role in energy production. In short, without this essential vitamin, your energy levels suffer. And the less energy you have, the less you’ll move, and the less fat you’ll burn.

In addition to biotin, they’re also high in chromium – a well-known stabilizer of blood sugar. And as you probably know, stable blood sugar means fewer insulin spikes, and hence, less fat storage.

Now, before we wrap things up, let me leave you with one last disclaimer. The fruits just listed are indeed great for burning fat. But only if you eat them in their natural form… and in moderation.


Because fruits are high in sugar. Therefore, do not juice them. This is very important. I know juicing is all the rage lately, but don’t fall for the fad. You see, when you drink a glass of juice, you’re ingesting several fruits at once. That, and you’re missing out on a lot of the fiber. It’s a bad combination that, not only will prevent fat loss, but will make you gain weight to bout.

In conclusion, eat these fruits, eat them often, but don’t’ drink them. And by doing so, you’ll be taking several steps to getting that fit, healthy body you can truly be proud of.

5 Foods To Never Eat==> 5 Foods to Never Eat (If You Want a Flat Stomach)

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  1. Adrienne Woods

    What about if we have to follow a gluten free diet?

    • Justin

      Hi Adrienne,

      The Cruise Control Diet is a gluten free diet program, with the exception of some very few recipe options that do not qualify as gluten free.

  2. James TRibe

    Is it okay to drink fruits when done in a blender rather than a juicer instead of eating them in their natural state?

    • Justin

      Hey James,

      We actually do not recommend that you have any fruit juices while following the diet program. James explains all of this on page ’22’ in your Cruise Control Diet Core Program.

  3. Paula Suhr

    Hi James,
    I was wondering how I can get other books such as the cookbook and the jumpstart guide? If so, how much are they?
    Thanks for your time
    Paula Suhr

  4. Faye Thomason

    can i eat banana and grapes on this diet

  5. Cathleen Weber

    I can’t find a list of low GI fruits

    • Anna F

      Have you tried to Google a list? I bet there is one out there.

    • I have an ulcer and bad arthritis and I take meds. I have to avoid blueberries, night shade vegetables. Am I going to profit from your book. I also have rhenoids, and scoliosis, along with such a tired feeling and aches and pains. I sometimes wear a scoliosis brace around the house. I am not heavy, but struggle getting places on time. Can you offer specific hints to get around not being able to eat some favorite healthy foods. I do take medicine for high blood pressure and I have an atipical facial pain syndrome that elevates my blood pressure. Help! Getting desperate from all things that haven’t worked.

      Susan B.

      Ps. Could you get to the heart of your presentation faster. I’m exhausted just from listening!

  6. Ralph Worrell

    Are cooked tomatoes okay?

  7. I have your book and love it. I wonder if you have a cookbook you use in addition to the recipes in the back of the book.


  8. Genevieve garvin

    I think I love you. One week tomorrow and I feel better already. Thx

  9. Rebecca Todd

    Is watermelon a good thing to eat?

  10. I eat a lot of red seedless grapes since my doctor told me they are excellent for fighting cancer…yet I see a couple mixed answers above. I understand you recommend crunchier items. I need to lose at least 40-50 lbs. ..so….are the red grapes acceptable or not. I just sent for your booklets but would like to know ahead of time about the grapes since I eat at least a pound a day. Thanks!

  11. Jennifer Molnar

    Quick question – what about baked apples (with nothing added)? Does baking the apple change the Glycemic index substantially? This would be a nice dessert now and again if it’s OK….

  12. Very good article. I definitely appreciate this website.
    Keep it up!

  13. Lorraine Buckman

    What about milk and how to make acceptable shakes?

    • Hi Lorraine,

      Almond milk is acceptable on this program. The protein shake is not a whole foods breakfast – it is manufactured, highly processed and even though you can’t find sugar in it, it probably has a sugar substitute of some kind. Almond milk might be OK but regular milk is not.

      It is best if you stick to a real whole foods breakfast so you can get results faster. After that, when you are the desired weight you could reintroduce that specific breakfast and see if it affects you.

  14. Debra Kane

    James, I too love this site. Reading other questions and answers actually answers my own questions. My husband and I grow blueberries! We also have our own orchard so our fruits are all organic.

  15. David Verschage

    Just signed up yesterday, start on Sunday , l hope. I didn’t see any thing about coffee, especially if your not having breakfast sometimes. Did I miss something or my four cups in the morning along with peanut butter toast a bad thing.

    • Hi David,

      Coffee is allowed on this program as well as peanut butter.

      Ezekiel bread can be found in the frozen foods section of almost any grocery store. Ezekiel bread is the best kind of bread you can have as it is made from sprouted grains.

      You can have it from time to time and not count it as a cheat meal. I would wait until phase II to have it.

  16. Mary Lou Shiveley

    Just oedered your books and plan to get started asap. Shopping tomorrow. Are Egg Beaters allowed? I have 4 cartons in my freezer and hate to waste them.

  17. Leslie

    Is it ok to put the sugar substitute truvia in coffee and on grapefruit ?

    • Hi Leslie,

      Stevia is the best type of sweetener to use. It’s natural so it doesn’t come with the potential side effects of artificial sweeteners such as Splenda and Nutrasweet.

  18. Sydney Stewart

    I too would like to know about egg beaters. I’m not fond of real eggs bot do ok with original and southwestern egg beaters. Are they accepted on this plan?

  19. Phillis Eng

    I have a tree nut allergy, what is a good milk?

  20. Ellie Murdock

    Hi, ordered your book and kinda skimmed thru it,then I got an e-mail 0n my phone.Got me interested.4 days-down 6 lb. Feel better than I have in years.Lots of fooed alergies,heart by-pass at age 44,gastric bypass,bladder surgerie 4 times,lots more but I won’t boar you.I’m 69 Yrs.young.No grey hair yet!

    • Nik Takano

      Hi Ellie,

      Congrats on your weight loss. I’m glad to hear that you are doing so well. Keep up the good work!

  21. Gary Sanford

    What about bananas? Can one eat them during the diet as a fruit?

    • Nik Takano

      Hi Gary,

      Thanks for contacting us. You should stay away from bananas.
      Bananas and other soft and sweet fruits are not recommended. Any type of berry and as well as crunchy fruits are allowed.

  22. Robert Gardner

    Asked a question here about Aspertame and Diet Pepsi. Question was posted but not answered. Now question has disappeared. What’s going on?

    • Nik Takano

      Hi Robert,

      Thanks for writing in. You should stay away from Soda as this is not recommended in CCCD.

  23. Edith Petersen

    Can I have greek yogurt 2% Fage?

  24. Since berries are seasonal & sometimes really expensive, are frozen berries okay? I looked at the pkg before writing this & the listed ingredients are the berries only. Doesn’t show any additional additives. I assume the sugar content listed on the pkg is from the berries.

  25. I do accept as true with all the ideas you’ve offered on your post. They’re really convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are too brief for beginners. Could you please extend them a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

  26. I really like it whenever people get together and share
    ideas. Great site, keep it up!

  27. Bruce Deushane

    I’m confused. James says eating bananas is OK but Nik to “stay away”? I realize these posts are older but what is the real answer about bananas? Thanks in advance. Love you CC program.

    • Hi Bruce,

      Yes, you can have green bananas as a high source of resistant starch, once a week and not count it as a cheat meal.

      We recommend only having 1-2 fruits a day maximum. Good fruits to have are hard, crunchy with lots of chewing, and sour such as grapefruit, apples, hard pears, any type of berries.

  28. What about raw oranges? I have a tree full of ripe oranges ready to eat. I know not to juice them, but is one or two oranges a day okay?

    • Hi Bruce,

      We recommend only having 1-2 fruits a day maximum. Good fruits to have are hard, crunchy with lots of chewing, and sour such as grapefruit, apples, hard pears, any type of berries.

  29. Carole Morton

    I’m a big, hot cereal eater ~ love my oats and cream of wheat cereals. Are these okay to eat in moderation for my breakfast? I do eat some that have sugar added already, like maple brown sugar flavored, which helps me to cut back on my ‘added’ white sugar intake (yes, I’m a sugar fiend, but trying to cut back . . . which I’m succeeding at ~ yay!). The oats (old fashioned) I eat is to help with my cholesterol levels, which have been extremely high in the past ~ 312. I’m on meds and have lowered to 159 in my last labs ran last week. But I’d REALLY like to not have to take a cholesterol lowering med. Thanks for your help and advice.

    • Hi Carole,

      You should stay away from oats. Here are some breakfast ideas:

      Two Avocados

      Avocados are one of those super foods that can be eaten as is, without cooking. They are very caloric and will feel you up until lunch time. In fact, two avocados provide about 500 calories. Remember, the reason I am giving you the calories is not because we are looking for low calorie breakfasts. Just the opposite: we want a lot of good calories that will satisfy you and give you the energy to go through your day.

      How to choose avocados.

      Avocados are ready to eat when you center feels firm, but the two ends are staring to get soft. If the whole fruit feels soft, it’s too late. It will taste overripe and horrible. If the ends are not slightly soft, it needs a day or two more to ripen. When you buy avocados, choose the ones the are firm and let them ripen in at home.

      How to eat the avocado:
      Take a knife and cut the fruit in half ending with two long halves, one of which will contain the pit. Scoop out the pit with a spoon. Scoop and eat the avocado straight from the shell with the spoon.

      Yoghurt With Walnuts And Berries

      People respond to dairy differently, therefore, you have to try for yourself and see how often you can have this breakfast. It is the classic yoghurt with berries of your choice and crushed walnuts. It is better to use only whole milk yoghurt and one with live cultures (e.g. Greek yoghurt). Make sure the yoghurt is unflavored, with no sweeteners or fruits added.

      Shrimp or Prawns

      Here is another quick breakfast snack. Boiled shrimps or prawns. You can boil them the night before and have them ready in the fridge. They are not very caloric and will not feel you up for long. However, they will add a lot of variety to your breakfast menu if you have them from time to time. These are also good for afternoon snacks.

      Smoked Fish

      Some love it, other hate it. If you are one of those people that does like smoked fished, why not have it at breakfast. This is probably one of the healthiest breakfasts one can eat.


      smoked fish of your choice
      1 small cucumber
      1 ripe tomato
      a slice of feta
      4-5 olives

      Simply serve yourself a piece of smoked fish of your choice and garnish with the rest of the ingredients. You can drizzle the feta and tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle salt and oregano on top.

      Turkish Breakfast


      ham slices
      4-5 olives
      1 tomato
      any yellow cheese of your choice
      1 boiled egg ( you can omit the egg)
      parsley to garnish

      This breakfast goes really well with a cup of hot tea. A side note about the cheese – different people respond different to dairy. If you are not sure, keep dairy to a minimum. Ultimately, you’d have to try out for yourself to see if it interferes with your weight loss.

      Baked Acorn Squash with Cinnamon

      This recipe is ideal for people with a sweet tooth or those who are used to having a sweet every morning. Acorn squash has a natural sweetness that won’t interfere with your weight loss and cinnamon is one of those spices that actually accelerates weight loss.

      Preheat the oven at 400F. Cut the squash in two, scoop out the seeds and place in a baking pan with the cut side facing up. Add about ¼ inch of water to the pan to prevent the skin from drying. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the squash can easily be penetrated with a fork.

      Take out and sprinkle with cinnamon. Allow to cool. Eat directly with a spoon.

      Any type of squash or pumpkin can be used in this recipe. The only thing that might very is the cooking time. Just check with your fork from time to time to see if ready.

      Now, who has an hour to prepare breakfast, right? You can bake this before hand and have it ready to go. It can be reheated.

      Non-grain “Cereal”

      Nuts and seeds are excellent sources of important nutrients. Why not start the day with them. This recipe is for those hard core cereal breakfast eaters. Instead of cereal, fill you bowl with any or all of the following:

      pumpkin seeds
      sunflower seeds
      sliced almonds

      Instead of regular milk, try almond or coconut milk (make sure u buy a brand that is natural and has not have added sugars). Note: do not be tempter to put dried fruits like raisins. These are not a good way to start the day as they have too much sugar. Stick with fresh berries or apple slices. Stay away from bananas as well.

      Breakfast Sausage with Tomatoes

      Get a brand of breakfast sausages that is not too sweet and serve it tomatoes + mozzarella slices. Add basil leaves on top.

      If you follow the Cruise Control Diet and lose weight your cholesterol levels will also improve.

      The Cruise Control Diet is a whole-foods approach to weight loss and overall health. It’s a simple, yet highly effective program with 4 general rules:

      Eat natural foods that help your body to burn fat.

      Avoid processed, packaged, and other foods that cause your body to store fat.

      Treat yourself to some “guilty pleasures” (e.g. chocolate, cookies, candy) from time to time so you don’t feel restricted.

      Most importantly, don’t count calories, calculate points, keep food journals, or attempt “artificial” portion controls. Instead, let your body’s natural hunger instinct guide how much (and when) you should eat.

      While the first 3 rules are common to any sensible weight reduction plan, the fourth one is what sets the Cruise Control Diet apart from other programs. It’s also the secret behind its success.

      If you’ve ever been on a diet, you know that losing the weight is the “easy” part. Keeping it off is the actual challenge. And the reason for that is simple: most plans burden you with too many rules and restrictions. Naturally, you can’t stick with them long-term (and eventually gain back every pound lost).

      However, when you’re relying on your body’s natural instinct for weight control – rather than forced willpower – dropping the pounds becomes practically effortless. This allows you to stay on the program for life, so once the weight comes off, it’s gone for good.

      Wishing you a great start!

      • Carole Morton

        Thank you so much for all these ideas on beneficial foods! I’m hoping that the Cruise Diet will help my RA and cholesterol levels (dr just changed my medication and upped the doseage, which I’m not pleased with). The Cruise Diet has really helped me get a handle on what and how much I should eat, so I’m looking forward to the changes ~ :>)

  30. Sabreenia Hill

    Hi All,

    Today will be day one…and I am trying to figure where I need to start to educate myself on this program/lifestyle.

    I want to go grocery shopping to food prep for the week prior to my packet arriving…Are there any suggestions on where I should start

    Thank you!!!

    • Hi Sabreenia,

      You can access your products at any time inside of your member’s area. Please check your email as I have sent you log in credentials.

      Wishing you a great start!

  31. Donna Wiles

    Started 2wks ago & have had issues w/coffee.followed the no creamer rule,started w/splash of Wolfe mike.couldnt’t get thru 1/2 the cup before feeling ill head,stomach,gutters….but, today started w/organic coffee,did the trick1tastes great !Awesome!11just thought i’d share

  32. Julie

    I see you do not recommend this plan for vegetarians or vegans, but what about if you don’t eat red meat, but eat chicken, turkey, and occasionally pork. Is that possible? Thanks.

    • Hi Julie,

      Being a vegetarian, you will need to get a little creative. You must remember that your body needs fat and it needs calories. Most vegetables (grains excluded and not recommended) do not provide enough calories and you must make up for that by eating a lot.

      Our recommendation is to eat fish and seafood in general, as well as fatty vegetables such as avocados and olives and high calorie vegetables such as roots. Be sure to also avoid soy and meat imitation products.

      Additionally, soups are a great solution for you (e.g. pumpkin soup, cream of broccoli soup, etc.).

      Finally, as part of the email follow-up course, you’ll be receiving additional tips and recipes. Some of these recipes are meat based, however feel free to modify them with the above recommendations.

      Wishing you a great start!

  33. Beverly Strissel

    Mr Ward, You are a godsend! I love this program. I have been on it for 5 days and have lost 5 lbs. I have dieted all my adult life but have never felt satisfied. I have not been hungry at all. If I need a pick me up I have a scant handful of nuts. This diet is a true life changing situation. I have Lupus where steroids have played havoc with my weight. I am on a low dose now. My doctors have told me I must get my weight off in order to buy a longer life. I am staying on this and I really feel like I can do it. I have another 50-60 lbs.to go and the thought of being able to keep it off is exciting. Thank you for all of your research. I can honestly say I trust how this program is set up. Thanks again.

    • Hi Beverly,

      Congratulations on your weight loss and your overall success with the Cruise Control Diet. We appreciate your positive feedback and we thank you for sharing your success story with us.

      We encourage our customers to share their stories with the Better Business Bureau website so that more people can learn about how easy it is to succeed on the Cruise Control Diet and also to provide a forum where people can go and learn about the success of so many people while on this diet.

      Here is the link where you can post your positive experience with us and the program.


      We would greatly appreciate you visiting the website above so that you can share your story and we are hoping for your continued success with the Cruise Control Diet.

      Should you need anything else please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  34. Michael Wester

    what about cherries?

  35. Christian

    I just purchased the book. I was looking at the fruit list and I see prunes but I dont see plums. Can I still eat plums on this program?

  36. Linda Johnson

    I read through all the comments/replies, and found them to be very helpful. One question I have is about oranges. I love them, and make a drink using one whole orange, cottage cheese and/or plain Greek yogurt, almond milk, Stevia (the only sweetener I ever use), orange extract, ice cubes and a touch of half and half. I blend all of this in my Vitamin, drink it and love it!! I’m a Type 2 diabetic, and have lost 21 # since May 4, 2018. My blood sugar has dropped from 285 to 129. My A1c on May 4 was 9.9, and will be checked again in August. I know it will have dropped considerably, but of course don’t know the number yet. Two and a half years ago I had gotten it down to 6.0 and my doctor and I were thrilled. Then I slowly went back to my old habits and quit going to the doctor. Sorry about that, but now I’m determined to get and stay on track!!

    • Hi Linda,

      Congrats on your weight loss! Yes you may use an orange in your drink. But do not overdue it because they do contain natural sugars.

      Juices are much more rapidly absorbed in your blood stream than solid foods. This causes a spike in your blood sugar and insulin and affects your whole response to weight loss. Give it a try for a while and stay from liquid foods if possible.

      Keep up the good work!

  37. Superb site you have here but I was curious about if you knew
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  38. I just ordered your book today and joined but when I went to answer and put my e mail address in to look at the digital pages it comes up and says there is no e mail by that name registered and I can’t continue.
    kmooreky@gmail.com is my e mail
    Please help.

    • Hi Karen,

      I’m sorry to hear that. I have reset your account. You can access your products at any time inside of your member’s area. Please check your email for log in credentials.

  39. Cheryl Houts

    I cannot access my member account. I’ve tried numerous times with the password given. When I tried to reset the password, it said the account does not exist.

    • Hi Cheryl,

      I’m sorry to hear that you are having trouble logging in. I have reset your account. You can access your products at any time inside of your member’s area. Please check your email for your log in credentials.

      Have a great day!

  40. Janice

    Can not view my membership said im not a member just join how is that

    • Hi Janice,

      I’m sorry to hear that. I have reset your account. You can access your products at any time inside of your member’s area. Please check your email as I have sent you new log in credentials.

      Wishing you a great start with the program!

  41. Dorothy Wardlaw

    Will not let meput in my password

    • Hi Dorothy,

      I’m sorry to hear that. I have reset your account. You can access your products at any time inside of your member’s area. Please check your email for your log in credentials.

      Wishing you a great start!

  42. Dorothy Wardlaw

    Wll not let meput in my password
    Can not eat gratefruit due to medicine i take

    • Hi Dorothy,

      A lot of people can’t eat grapefruit for that particular reason. Another thing you can do is eat a handful of pistachios (~ 3 oz.) about 30 minutes before your meal. There was another study that showed a similar effect as the grapefruit.

  43. Angela Coker

    Hi! I just joined but haven’t received the email to access info online. Please resend so I can start the program today! Thanks!!

    • Nadia Karanastasis

      Hi Angela,

      You can access your products at any time inside of your member’s area. Please check your email for your log in credentials.

      Wishing you a great start!

  44. Christine Vitucci

    Other than water , coffee and herbal tea, what can I drink?

    • Nadia Karanastasis

      Hi Christine,

      You can also have flavored sparkling spring water as long as they are unsweetened.

      Almond or coconut milk are also OK to have on this program.

      Keep up the good work!

  45. Danai Fassouli

    Today there are many products from several companies that are high protein no sugar. Like shakes for example that are made for low carb LOW CALORIE high proteind diets. I know that CCD is about all fresh but are these products allowed some times?

    • Nadia Karanastasis

      Hi Danai,

      The protein shake is not a whole foods breakfast – it is manufactured, highly processed and even though you can’t find sugar in it, it probably has a sugar substitute of some kind. Almond milk might be OK but regular milk is not.

      It is best if you stick to a real whole foods breakfast so you can get results faster. After that, when you are the desired weight you could reintroduce that specific breakfast and see if it affects you.

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