Does it ever occur to people that certain food can also help them loose weight and stay in shape? The fact remains that addition of certain food products can help a person loose inches and at the same time ensure that they have a healthy diet. A recent survey proved that 8 out of 10 people are unhappy with their weight and want to get more fit. The reason can vary, from appearing fit and toned to looking better, everyone wants to reduce the amount of fat that the body is compelled to carry around. Some food items not only help in loosing weight but also help the body increase the muscles mass and reduce fat.
Some of the food items that help to loose weight are
Apple- Known to increase the over all health of a person, this fruit is a rich source of vitamin A, B1,B2, B6,C,E,K,niacin, folate, pantothenic acid and minerals. It is also low in calories and fat, high in fiber and water content. It’s also a natural detoxifying agent. Some also believe that it can increase the basal metabolic rate.
Cabbage- Cabbage in any form, be it soups of salads, helps to burn excess fat. It has diuretic properties due to the presence of sulphur and iodine which can easily cleanse the excess mucous in the stomach and intestine. It acts as an anti-diuretic due to which it can break the fat in the belly and helps to control the uneven distribution of fat.
Brussel Sprouts- These are known as stimulants to the glands and have a good effect on the pancreas. The pancreas release hormones that help to detoxify the body cells. They are also a rich source of minerals which help to keep the kidney stimulated due to which there is faster elimination of waste products from the body.
Beet- This red underground vegetable is a rich source of iron and helps to fight anemia. It is also a good diuretic and helps to enhance the functioning of the kidney and liver. Due to this, the liver helps to throw away the excess fat while the kidney keeps the body detoxified.
Asparagus- This green vegetable is rich in a chemical known as asparagines which is an alkaloid. This keeps the kidney stimulated and helps to improve blood circulation. The alkaloids are also directly effective in breaking down fat and thus reduce weight. Asparagus is rich in chemicals that detoxify the body which rid it of oxalic acid. The oxalic acids are attached to fat cells which are also thrown out in the process.
Carrots- They are a rich source of carotene and vitamin A, which help in flushing out excess fat from the system. The combination of carotene and vitamin A helps to increase the basal metabolic rate which increases the rate at which fat is burnt in the body and thus burns calories faster.
Cucumber- Is rich in sulphur and silicon, the minerals that can stimulate the kidneys to wash excess uric acid which increase the toxicity level in the body.