Eat Vegetables to Lose Weight

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According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the top two leading causes of death in the United States are cardiovascular disease and cancer. To lower your risk for heart disease and other chronic health problems, you should try to eat at least two to three cups of vegetables every day. Unfortunately, most Americans consume less than half the amount of recommended vegetable servings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vegetables contain many important nutrients such as fiber, minerals, vitamin C, beta carotene and folate. Veggies are also abundant in water and contain little to no fat! So, eat your veggies to lose weight and stay healthy! They are low in calories, rich in fiber and chock full of vital nutrients that your body is craving. When you fill up on the good stuff, there’s less room for the bad stuff.

If you’re looking for ways to increase your veggie intake, try some of these delicious ideas:
ü  Top a baked potato with stir-fried vegetables or vegetable salsa.
ü  Add shredded or finely chopped vegetables to pasta sauce, chili, lasagna, meat loaf, baked potato, or soup.
ü  Begin every meal with a salad and mix in plenty of colorful vegetables and dark green varieties of lettuce.
ü  Add greens to smoothies or have a tasty whole-food shake that contains lots of superfoods to support healthy weight loss, such as spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass, quinoa, acai, goji berries, etc…
ü  Add veggies for breakfast. Add salsa to your scrambled eggs or stuff an omelet with spinach or broccoli.
ü  Keep your veggies readily accessible and visible in your refrigerator. Prepare snack-size bags of pre-cut carrots, peppers, cucumbers, broccoli, tomatoes, and celery.
ü  Buy frozen veggies, so you always have a supply of veggies ready to go. And you won’t have to take as many trips to the grocery store.

As you can see, it’s not as hard as you think to start eating healthier. Just plan ahead and keep your kitchen stocked with metabolism-boosting foods. Before you know it, you will feel more energetic, sleep better, lose weight, and feel great about taking back control of your health!

 

 

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About Robin R.
I’m an AFPA certified personal trainer & nutrition consultant, NASM certified corrective exercise specialist, NASM certified youth exercise specialist, online fitness coach and freelance writer specializing in health and fitness. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health. I specialize in weight loss, functional strength training, total body toning, aerobic conditioning, plyometric training, nutrition planning, and home-based boot camp style workouts for women. My goal is to make every personal training session fun and effective for my clients. My services include both in-home personal training and online fitness coaching.

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