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Fruits & Vegetables for Weight Loss

Posted Jan 11 2012 9:13am

Consuming fruits and vegetables will help you lose weight in a better and faster way as they are low in calories and high in nutrients & fiber. They will fill you up without adding fats and calories and boost up your metabolic rate, which will consequently help you lose weight. Research shows that eating plant based food helps reduce overeating and food cravings. So your question ‘how to lose weight fast ’ can be answered by your weighing machine after some weeks from the time you start eating some fruits and vegetables regularly.

Fruits and Vegetables for Fastest Weight Loss Diet

  • Green vegetables

Including dark green vegetables in your diet is the best way to lose weight. Dark green vegetables   have high content of folate (type of vitamin B) and sulforaphane which prevents heart disease by detoxifying harmful chemicals. Spinach, mustard & collard green, turnip green, chard, green lettuce, broccoli sprouts etc., are some of the dark green vegetables that one must include in the diet to lose weight.   Broccoli sprouts is also known to have very high content of sulforaphane, hence should be included in your diet.

  • Orange fruits and vegetables

Orange vegetables and fruits have high content of beta carotene which lowers the risk of heart disease, boosts up the immune system, protects from infection and also prevents the possibility of developing cancer. Orange fruits and vegetables will include pumpkin, mango, carrot, sweet potato. Sweet potato is rich in carotenoids and is good for people who are allergic to nightshade alkaloids, and hence should be included in the fastest weight loss diet.

  • Red vegetables and fruits

Red color fruits and vegetables are rich in lycopene which protects the body from developing prostate cancer. Some red vegetables have vitamin K and C which also prevents cancer. Red vegetables will include watermelon, pink/red grape fruit, tomato (cooked tomato has increased level of lycopene), red beans etc.

  • Brown vegetables

Brown vegetables have the richest source of protein among the entire vegetable kingdom. They are also rich in fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus and vitamin B1. They maintain the fiber level in the body.

Advantages of having fruits and vegetables

  • Reduced food cravings

The mechanism of our body is really smart, it sends us all types of signals and hunger is one of them. When you eat junk food then body does not get the required nutrients so after some time you again feel hungry. The result is that you get loaded with unwanted calories. When you eat fruits and vegetables, your body gets the required nutrients and thus you don’t crave for food frequently.

  • Lowered cholesterol level

All green vegetables especially kale or borecole helps reduce the LDL cholesterol level in the body. Bile acids are used to digest kale and when bile acid is used, the body needs to produce more of it. Now to produce more bile acids, cholesterol is used. Thus when you consume more and more green vegetables the cholesterol level goes down. The same happens when you eat fruits like apple and pears. They also bind the bile acid present in the stomach and thus triggers the use of cholesterol in producing more bile acids.

Thus one should consume more fruits and vegetables to lose weight fast. They not only help you lose weight but also provide various other additional health benefits.   However, you must consume different varieties of fruits and vegetables to get all round health benefit.

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