5 Best Weight Loss Vegetables You Should Eat

foodbeverageEating vegetables is considered the best way to lose weight because they are very rich in fiber and water, and are low in calories. In addition, vegetables are rich in minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants, which are vital for maintaining and boosting your overall health. Below are the 5 best vegetables for weight loss.

One of my net friend recently lost more than 10 kgs by following fat loss factor programRead her experience here. She said the following veggies must consumed to lose weight and for overall health benefits.

Spinach- spinach is popular mainly because it is very rich in minerals and vitamins. These include vitamins A, K, E, C, riboflavin, thiamin, B6, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and copper. In addition, spinach is very high in fiber and does not cause water retention.

Broccoli- broccoli is made up of 60% carbohydrates, and 40% proteins, with plenty of vitamins, water, and minerals. Dieters love this vegetable because it has a very low calorie count and can be taken raw or cooked in an unlimited number of ways.

Cabbage- these are recommended for low-fat diets because they are low in calories and very rich in nutrients and vitamins such as thiamine, folate, B6, manganese, potassium, and vitamins E and C.

Beans -beans are full of dietary fibers and protein and are generally low in fat.

Carrots- these are very rich in minerals and vitamins C, K, and A. They are also low in fat and can be eaten either raw or cooked. Some low-carb diet programs prohibits eating carrot (and potato and beats). Carrot is an excellent source of protein, so you should eat it raw – no matter what others say.

 

Recently I managed to lose 8 kgs (18 pounds) in 4 months! Not really a big thing.

My stories of weight gain and bouncing back into shape

I was too busy with guests and kids for more than a week now. I hardly got any time to update my blog. If everything goes as per plan, I will make at least 4 useful blog posts every week.

Last week I wrote on how we put on weight. Now I am going to tell you on losing extra weight. I managed to lose weight whenever it was more than normal.

For the first time in my life, I gained abnormal weight when I was 14 years old

When I was 13 and half years old, suddenly I started putting on extra weight.  My appetite for food increased never like before and so did my weight. I had summer vacation then and I did not really know what exactly is happening in my body though I had noticed some weight gain. But I was not much concerned about that.

One day my elder sister told me about menstruation and asked me to be prepared for my first menstrual cycle as it can happen anytime thereafter.  When I went back to school after vacation, my friends started teasing me. But it was not only me, there were many other girls too who had gained noticeable weight like me. After a month or two, I got my first menstrual cycle. Now, at 30, when I remember those days, I feel like laughing loudly, but I am just smiling remembering those sweet days of my life.

It was puberty weight gain; I lost it rather very easily!

It wasn’t that difficult for me to lose some weight then. I started engaging myself more and more in school activities and outdoor games and that is it. I got back into shape, though I could not become as slim as I was before.

When I was 18 years again I started putting on extra weight!

After I joined college, I started staying at a hostel nearby as it was very far from my parents place. Initially for a year or so, everything was normal, but then I noticed irregular periods. I started putting on more and more weight again.

I went to a gynecologist who did some tests and scanned my ovaries told me that I am suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. She prescribed some medicines and even told me to do rigorous exercises and control food intake.

I just followed what she said, I started getting regular periods, but could not lose all that extra fat I had gained under my skin.

But, then after I was too busy with my studies for almost 6 years, I do not know how I lost all that extra weight. But I think it’s because of the study pressure and hostel food.

My weight was at its peak after I got married

After my post graduation, I was working as a faculty in one of the business school. Then I met Mahesh, fell in love with him. Then again I started puffing up. I don’t know why, but I think Feel Good Factor made me fat then. I was very happy for being able to find someone very special, very caring and loving. Then we decided to get married.

After marriage, golden days (?) of my life started. I left my job and shifted to his place. I enjoyed those initial days of married life to the fullest. But then, my body was swelling day by day and my weight reached its peak. I missed my periods many a times and mistook it for pregnancy. Did pregnancy tests 3 -4 times and felt really bad to find them negative.

Then again I had to meet a gynecologist. As expected, because of PCOS my periods were irregular and overweight was worsening the situation. He instructed me to do very rigorous exercises along with the medication.

Will continue tomorrow.

Putting on weight was easy, but getting rid of it was never easy

I Was Struggling with Overweight, but not now

I have a tendency to put on extra weight very often. There are some lucky people who never overweigh irrespective of what they eat. But my body is not like that, it swells fast but takes a lot of time and effort before it shrinks. I mean, I put on weight fast, but shedding those extra pounds has never been easy for me.

But now, for the last 8 months my weight is normal and I am confident of maintaining the same for at least next 2 years. Want to know how? Will tell you at the end.

Before that I would like to give you some basic information on

  • How do you put on overweight and
  • How you can lose that extra weight in a healthy way?

Reasons for abnormal weight gain

You gain weight when

  • You eat more calories than before (Higher calorie input)
  • Stop or lower exercises (Lower calorie output)
  • Your metabolic or calorie burning rate decreases  (lower calorie output)

How do you gain fat?

Your get energy when your body burns the calories in the food you eat. When you eat excess calories than what you need for your daily activities, your body conserves those calories by converting them into fat and stores them under your skin.

I didn’t eat more, but I gained extra weight!

Many people including me, gain weight even though there is no change in the eating habits. What could the reason for this? Decreased metabolic rate!

Metabolic rate – The Key factor for weight gain or weight loss

Metabolic rate is the rate at which your body burns calories. Your metabolic rate makes you thin or fat. All of us have different types of bodies and different metabolic rates. This is the reason why some people do not gain extra weight even though they eat more than you or some people gain too much even if they eat normal.

What could be the reason for decrease in my metabolic rate?

This is rather a very complicated question. Ageing, Hormonal changes, stress, illness, medication, lack of sleep, sleeping too much, lowered activity level, stopping smoking, irregular eating habits, menopause etc are the common reasons for decrease in metabolic rate.

These factors are sometimes contradictory.  For eg, some people lose weight during increased stress levels while some put on weight then. You may gain weight when you are tension free too, that means, feel good factors too make you gain weight.

How can I lose extra weight fast?

Will write on that in my next blog post. Now I have to bring my kid back from his playschool. Tomorrow I will tell you how I gained weight and how I managed to lose that extra weight.