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7302-eat4Bodyfat gained due to overeating is a primary cause of diabetes, according the November ’13 Prevention. Says Osama Hamdy, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the obesity clinical program and director of the inpatient diabetes program at Joslin Kiabetes Center in Boston, “Losing just 7 percent of your bodyweight improves your body’s ability to respond to insulin by around 57 percent. If you had diabetes, it would take two drugs at their maximum doses to get that huge effect.”

Figs are a great diet addition and have loads of nutrition. According to the March ’13 Reader’s Digest, they are a rare fruit source of calcium, so they can help prevent the bone loss associated with aging. Figs are also high in fiber—they’ll keep you regular and possibly reduce the risk of colon, breast and prostate cancers.

Watermelon can help lessen muscle soreness. Per a study discussed in the November ’13 Bottom Line Health, athletes who got 16 ounces of watermelon juice an hour before exercise had less muscle soreness than when they didn’t get it. It may be the L-citrulline—an amino acid in watermelon that boosts blood flow and oxygen in muscles, which can help you get a bigger pump.

—Becky Holman


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