5 Best Vegetables for Weight Loss

Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 04:01 PM

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The best way to lose weight is by eating vegetables because they contain ample amount of fiber and water and are low in calories. They are also rich in minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals, which are very helpful for maintaining and improving your health. Some weight loss vegetable diets also have active ingredients that aid in curing, delaying, and reducing the occurrence of various diseases.

The advantage of a vegetable diet is that the increased amount of fiber and water content allows effective and efficient weight loss without causing hunger pangs, by providing a sensation of fullness which prevents overeating. This also prevents dehydration that can occur during a weight loss regime. Eating raw vegetables may also prevent cancer, heart diseases, and stroke.

Discussed below are five of the best vegetables for weight loss:

1. Broccoli: Broccoli has no fat and is made up of 60 percent carbohydrates, and 40 percent proteins, with lots of water, minerals, and vitamins. Carbohydrates in broccoli are quite complex, requiring time to digest. This carbs are slow-releasing, so you will have long hours of energy available after each meal. Prominent minerals and vitamins in this vegetable include vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and selenium.

2. Brussels Sprouts and Cabbages: Brussels sprouts are similar to cabbage and have more fiber and only 21 calories. They are popular in low-fat diets because they are low calorie and rich in vitamins and nutrients like vitamins C, A, K, thiamin, B6, folate, potassium, and manganese. While cabbage has higher contents of vitamins E and C, it can instigate gas formation. However, this can be reduced by combining it with garlic and ginger.

3. Spinach: This is another vegetable that can be used in your weight loss diet regime. Spinach is popular in vegetarian diets because it contains high amounts of vitamins and nutrients such as vitamins A, C, E, K, thiamin, riboflavin, B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper, and manganese. It is high in fiber and doesn't cause water retention.

4. Collard Greens and Leeks: Collard greens are packed with proteins and amino acids, and have a low glycemic index. Some of the minerals and nutrients found in collard greens include thiamin, niacin, potassium, vitamins like A, C, E, K, riboflavin, B6, folate, calcium, and manganese. Similarly, leeks are good alternatives to onions and are used in fish pie with carrots and other vegetables.

5. Beans and Carrots: Beans are full of protein and dietary fibers. They are tasty even when eaten raw, and are low in fat with a high fiber content. Carrots, like beans, are also tasteful when eaten raw and are high in vitamins A, K, and C and minerals.

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