So many people ask me if watermelon is good for someone on a diet.
The answer to most questions like this is: it depends.
The first point to make is that watermelon is high in important micronutrients. These are all the important things in food other than fat, fiber and protein- called macronutrients.
Melons in general have been shown to contain important disease preventing properties.
As a general rule, the higher your consumption of fruits and vegetables, the easier it will be to lose weight.
The second point to focus on is your overall sugar intake. Most people eat a ton of sugar on a daily basis. If you have a sweet tooth you might want to work to replace an unhealthy sweet with a healthy one.
There are 45 Calories in one cup of Watermelon. There are ten grams of sugar in one cup of watermelon.
This might sound like an obvious point, but most people have a very hard time doing this. Sugar is a beast!
So to answer your question: if you have a relatively low sugar intake, watermelon is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you crave sweets, its a great alternative. But it counts after the first portion according to the PEERtrainer Cheat System so be mindful of your overall daily intake.
What About Watermelon for those people following Weight Watchers Points Plus?
This adds a new wrinkle, because right now Weight Watchers basically allows people unlimited fruit consumption. If you are following Weight Watchers, we would suggest keeping a close eye on your overall daily sugar consumption. One big weakness to their program is that there is no mechanism to keep your sugar in check.