Huegill: Key to weight loss is grapes

The secret to losing weight is eating grapes, says Australian comeback swimmer Geoff Huegill.

The secret to losing weight is eating grapes, says Australian swimmer Geoff Huegill.

The multiple Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist made an amazing comeback to his sport at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, after a six-year battle with depression and bad eating habits saw him balloon to 138kg.

Emerging from retirement to lose more than 45 kilograms in just 15 months, the butterfly king snared double gold and silver at last year's Commonwealth Games.

He attributes the weight loss to reaching for grapes instead of a sausage roll, and is now involved in a campaign aimed at promoting the benefits of Australian table grape varieties.

"Grapes are 80 per cent water so they help keep you hydrated, while their natural fructose provides energy and vitality," Huegill said in a statement on Friday.

According to a recent Newspoll survey, Aussie men are most likely to snack on sausage rolls and meat pies, while women are more likely than men to snack on fruit and sweet biscuits.

The online survey of 1209 adults, aged 18-64, found 64 per cent of respondents snacked on chocolate or lollies as a morning or afternoon snack, with those aged 50 to 64 more likely to snack on fruit than younger generations.

"Because we're all so busy it's easy to slip into the habit of grabbing something that's not good for us when we're peckish," Huegill says.

"That's where grapes have a bunch of benefits - they're low on the Glycemic Index but a real nutritional punch, they taste great and they're convenient.

"Because there's no peeling or cutting, you can take them anywhere and store them easily."

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Published 11 March 2011 at 8:39am
Source: AAP