Healthy Weight Loss Thru Vegetables


Jars of Pickles, Peppers, Tomatoes and More

It's no secret that veggies are a healthy part of any diet. But you may not know that some vegetables are better than others at keeping the weight away. Here's a breakdown of some of our favorite fat burning veggies.

Peppers: By now you've probably heard that spicy hot peppers help burn calories. While there isn't a direct correlation between spice and actual heat, there is a lot of science supporting this. Peppers contain dihydrocapsiate, a metabolism-boosting compound, along with a high dose of vitamin C which helps counteract fat-storing stress hormones. If spicy isn't your thing, don't worry, sweet bell peppers have the same effect.

Spinach: Popeye was onto something with this tasty green treat. Just one cup of steamed spinach contains as much protein as a hard-boiled egg. This aids in building muscle mass which helps burn additional calories. Take into account all the vitamins and nutrients in spinach and it is definitely a super weight loss food.

Pickles: Low in calories and packed with fiber, pickles are a crunchy belly-filling snack that can keep you feeling satisfied between meals. Plus pickles are loaded with vinegar which has been shown to increase the rate at which your body burns carbohydrates by up to 40%.

Onions: While they won't help your breath, onions can definitely help your diet. Rich in quercetin, onions help increase blood flow and helps regulate glucose levels. Onions have also been shown to lower cholesterol, prevent hardening of the arteries, and maintain healthy blood-pressure levels.

Lentils: Great in soups, stews, and dips, lentils are the unsung heroes of the pantry. High in protein with the ability to stabilize blood sugar, lentils are also terrific for digestive health. Their slow-burning complex carbohydrates help keep you energized and full long after your meal .

So the next time you're walking the grocery aisles, pick up a few of these power-packed veggies and work them into your favorite dishes.

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