Veggies & Weight Loss

Written on 12/29/2019
Jamie Gilliam

Vegetables are so beneficial for weight loss and management.  Most of them are low in calories and fat, while being high in fiber. These three factors are important when it comes to healthy weight loss.

In addition, veggies are also great sources for vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These help us look and feel better. They also lower blood sugar.

Veggies Keep You Feeling Full Longer

The fiber and water content in most vegetables fill you up more than other kinds of food. The feeling of being satisfied without actually eating a lot is the key to a successful diet. This is where the vegetables come in. Dark and leafy greens, like spinach and arugula, are so much more effective.

Low in Calories

Applesauce has a lot of nutrients too, but far more calories and less fiber. We need just the right amount of calories in our bodies in order for us to live and function properly. Knowing your BMR (how many calories your body requires without activity) is important for your weight loss success and management.  Too much calorie consumption can lead to becoming overweight, obesity, and other medical complications.

Veggies have a very low energy density. This means they contain fewer calories compared to their weight.

Of all the vegetables available, non starchy variants with low carb for weight loss. Some examples are spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, carrots, and cucumber. There’s also celery, artichokes, beets, eggplant, white kidney bean, peppers, acacia rigidula, and green beans.

Low in Fat

Contrary to what many Americans believe, vegetables do have fat. However, the fat content is low for most veggies.

Most, if not all, veggies are low in fat. Some examples of these veggies are romaine lettuce, beet greens, watercress, Swiss chard, and broccoli. There’s also turnips, rutabaga, green beans, sweet potatoes, and asparagus. Finally, we also have artichokes, bean sprouts, butternut squash, cauliflowers, and okras. Nearly all of these help nurture the probiotics in your gut for weight loss.

Low in Sodium

This means many vegetables don’t cause water retention. No water retention means no instances of bloating, and no unnecessary water weight.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommends having a daily sodium intake of less than 2,300 milligrams. To lessen sodium in the food you take, just don’t season your vegetables with salt. You can also opt to choose the vegetables with the least amount of natural sodium. See the list below as a guide.

    •    High Sodium

First, these are vegetables that have more than 140 milligrams per serving. Examples include Swiss chard and spinach.

    •    Low Sodium

These are vegetables with a sodium content of less than 140 milligrams in a serving. These include celery, carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, artichokes, sweet potatoes, and radishes.

    •    Very Low Sodium

Vegetable servings with 35 milligrams or less of sodium are labeled to be very low in sodium. Some examples are leafy greens like lettuce, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. In addition, there’s also tomatoes, green onions, mushrooms, and cauliflower.

    •    Sodium Free

Lastly, these are vegetables with 5 milligrams of sodium or less for every serving. These include corn, green beans, summer squash, potatoes, asparagus, cucumber, and avocado.

High in Fiber

Fiber is a very important part in maintaining a healthy and well-functioning body. What it does is it acts like a sponge and grabs unhealthy foreign objects in our digestive tract and whisk them away. It also keeps our colon running the way it should. Fiber also promotes good digestion and lowers cholesterol levels. These are helpful in losing weight.

Some examples of vegetables with high fiber content are artichokes (10.3 grams), spinach (8 grams), cooked carrots (5.22 grams), peas (5.6 grams), broccoli (5.1 grams), Brussels sprouts (3 grams), and parsnips (2.7 grams). These measurements are taken based on a half-cup serving of each vegetable.

The recommended daily fiber intake is 25-30 grams.

High in Antioxidants 

Antioxidants are very important for the overall well-being of the body, not just for weight loss. These antioxidants protect our body from harmful free radicals that bring about bacteria and diseases.

An increase in oxidative stress in the body can lead to inflammation. So what these antioxidants do is they fight against the free radicals that cause inflammation. The more you eat vegetables high in antioxidants, the more your body’s defense will work. This therefore lowers inflammation, which is one of the causes of belly fat.

Examples of vegetables with high antioxidant content are kale, spinach, alfalfa sprouts, Brussels sprouts, beets, red bell peppers, and eggplant.

How to Add Veggies into Your Diet

Now if you’re not someone who eats their vegetables, here’s a few tips you can incorporate a few into your daily diet.

    1    Add some of the vegetables above into your scrambled eggs. Go ahead and make your own omelette.

    2    If you want to mask the bitter taste of vegetables, toss them into a blender and add some basis from elysium health! This is one of the best ways to introduce yourself to the concept of taking in vegetables.

    3    Do you love pasta? Well, why not use something you love to make you love something you hate! Sound confusing? It’s not, really. You can throw in some slices of vegetables into your favorite pasta dish to enhance its flavor. In addition, another idea is you can make your own pasta using vegetables! Spaghetti squash, anyone?

    4    There are some vegetables that are a great snack alternative. You can easily chop some up and use dip to make them taste better. Great examples are carrots, bell peppers, and celery.

    5    You can also add certain leafy vegetables into your lunch sandwich. These give an added texture and flavor to your otherwise boring lunch.

    6    You can also add some vegetables into much-loved desserts too. There are carrot-spinach brownies, carrot chocolate cakes, and also zucchini bread.

If vegetables just gross you out or if you have a hard time getting enough into your daily diet, consuming a vegetable supplement is a great option.  Message me for supplement options.