Weight loss tip: Eat more fruits and vegetables.

Weight Loss Tip 239- Eat more fruits and vegetablesWeight Loss Tip 239- Eat more fruits and vegetables

Consume fewer calories by eating more fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables at market
Fruits and vegetables at a farmers market

Eating fewer calories is the key to weight loss. Although it may seem easy, it is not as easy as it may seem. Many of the foods that we have grown to love are high in calories and in particular easily digestible highly processed ingredients that do not promote fullness and satiety.

One of the problems with weight loss is that as we lose weight our basal metabolic rate drops and it becomes harder to lose or maintain a particular body weight. Because of the drop in the basal metabolic rate, you will need to consume even fewer calories to lose weight. Empty calories from processed foods are the barricade blocking your path to a healthy weight and good nutrition.

One way to do promote weight loss is to eat foods that have fewer calories and promotes satiety more. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber and tend to promote fullness. Fruits and vegetables are low and calories and high in fiber. They maximize satiety and have lots of vitamins and minerals to fill your nutritional needs.

To lose 10 pounds, you have to cut 100 calories a day for a year. It can be as simple as replacing that bag of chips or cookies you eat with your lunch with a side of broccoli. In fact, you will have calories to spare that move. I would just not use the spare calories to eat candy or cake.

The best part about vegetables is that they promote satiety. Many dieters complain of hunger after they lose weight. This effect is caused by a change in the setpoint and the reflex increase in ghrelin. Ghrelin is the hunger hormone and induced a want to eat. Fruits and vegetables and allow you to fill you baby without excess calories. This way you can promote fullness and still decrease your calorie intake.

Weight Loss Tip 239- Eat more fruits and vegetables
Weight Loss Tip 239- Eat more fruits and vegetables

The bottom line: Fruits and vegetables are a low-calorie food that promotes satiety and weight loss. It is recommended that you eat at least 6 servings per day. It is truly a more is better situation.

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I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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