An apple a day keeps love handles at bay and could help you lose up to 12lb a year, claim experts

EATING an apple a day helps to burn fat, experts claim.

Scoffing one before a meal could help you shift up to 12lb a year and lose the dreaded love handles.

The fruit’s fibre content is said to fill you up, so you eat smaller meals and avoid snacking on unhealthy foods.

Leading nutritionist Rob Hobson said apples were three times more filling than a chocolate bar, as well as being much healthier.

He went on: “Apples contain 1.2g dietary fibre per 100g, keeping us feeling full and satisfied when hunger strikes, particularly when consumed before meals.

“Pectin, the fibre found in apples, also helps to regulate bacteria in the gut which in turn may help to suppress weight gain and fat accumulation in the body.”

The so-called Happy Apple Plan — one a day for a year — was backed by dieter Lucy Dawson, 34, of Brighton.

She said: “If I can shift some lockdown weight just by eating an apple before dinner that sounds like the diet for me.

“I’ve tried most of the other diets and they are just a massive pain.

"Hopefully. I can wave goodbye to my love handles by the end of 2021.”

The average Brit is said to have piled on 10lb to 12lb over the past year.

The study from industry body British Apples and Pears found a daily pre-dinner fruit portion could help you lose it.

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