Functional Foods--Lose Weight and Gain Health


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Hippocrates, back some, 2,500 years ago, had this idea that food is a vessel and that by choosing the best foods, a person gained health. That definition is a loose translation of what a functional food is. In short, functional foods are foods that offer positive benefits to those who eat them. It also begs the question, "can we lose weight and gain healthy simply by choosing functional foods"?

Foods That Help You Lose Weight

Leafy Greens: There is a long list of foods that help you lose weight. Near the top of that list are leafy greens. Leafy greens are rich in potassium, which offers improved muscle function. Potassium is also an ingredient in helping fight off stress, fatigue, and other conditions that lead to lower energy levels. As a functional food, leafy greens are easy to find and easy to add to your diet. In fact, the Metabolic Research Center offers healthy menus for free. A good example of an easy way to add leafy greens to your diet is this Citrus and Avocado Salad with Cilantro Dressing. Feel free to tweak the veg list by adding spinach, kale, or your favorite lettuce to the mix.

Beans and Legumes: Beans and peas are two examples of foods that are not only inexpensive, easy to find but also that pack a lot of health benefits. Both are an excellent source of Vitamin B6 which is linked to improved thyroid function can help the body to speed up its metabolic rate. The faster your metabolic rate, the more calories you burn. In short, beans and legumes help you burn calories without even exercising. In addition to B6, beans and legumes are full of B9 or folic acid (also found in leafy greens) helps the body produce healthy red blood cells, improves brain function, and helps your body build muscle cells. This is a partial list of how beans and legumes help your body to lose weight and gain health. If you are interested in adding beans and legumes to your diet, consider this healthy Crockpot Turkey Chili recipe. Another example of an easy recipe is this Quinoa Salad , which you can adapt by adding either beans or peas to increase its functional food values.

At the Metabolic Research Center, we work with people who want to lose weight and gain health. We focus on positive actions such as eating more functional foods. We offer support, counseling, and a menu library that is free to use and full of wonderful recipes that utilize functional foods. Come explore some of the best foods that work with your body to help you drop fat and gain health.

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