Lose weight by eating fruits and vegetables

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese and more than one third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.

Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat.

Overweight and obesity are the result of ‘caloric imbalance’ – too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed – and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors.”

8740_354896057940769_1151490325_nMedical science shows that being obese increases a person’s risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and some cancers. “If you are obese, losing even 5 percent to 10 percent of your weight can delay or prevent some of these diseases” claims the NIH.

As as well as exercise, another way to lose weight is by eating fruits and vegetables.  The United States Department of Agriculture and the American Heart Association have long promoted the nutritional virtues of fruits and vegetables, but newer research finds that fruits and vegetables also possess potential for aiding weight loss.

According to the CDC, most fruits and vegetables are “low-energy density foods”; they leave you fuller longer than foods that take up the same room in your stomach, but have higher calorie and fat counts. Colorful produce is the best.

Fruits and vegetables offer several benefits when you’re trying to lose weight. “If you compare various foods that all contain 100 calories, you get a greater amount of food when you eat vegetables than when you consume almost any other product” notes Bev Bennett, co-author of The Dictionary of Healthful Food Terms.

Fruits are packed with vitamins; they are a natural, healthy way to get your sweet fix.  Apples are especially good for weight loss, because they are loaded with fiber. The fiber makes you feel fuller, so you eat less. All fruits can help get you through those rough times when you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to blow your diet.

Health experts say fruits and vegetables are delicious low-calorie replacements for more fattening foods. If you cut out vegetables because they’re high in carbohydrates you are making a big mistake.

There’s a difference between the carbs that come in soft drinks and snacks with little or no other nutrients and the carbs that come in fruits and vegetables; these are low in calories and high in nutrients.  You deny your body important micro-nutrients while you’re trying to lose weight if you eliminate fruits and vegetables.

Don’t forget to eat root vegetables too, such as beets, carrots, radishes and potatoes. Though some dieters shy away from them because of their high starch content, root vegetables deliver high doses of fiber and folate that help you feel full.

Many are now using our new Transform2014 program to achieve their goal of eating more fruits and vegetables and clean eating.

Let us know if you would like to join us on this exciting journey to wonderful wellness.