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Most people place trust on experts, products or prescriptions for their health problems only because of their high prices. It is the same with weight loss. They, therefore, spend huge amounts of money on fad diets, bone breaking workouts on expensive machines in the gyms, pills and other modes of reducing weight.
Even if they are able to reduce weight, they generally tend to gain weight once again even after spending lots of money and time. One reason for this is that it is not possible to take, for example, fad diets or pills over a long time. It is also sometimes not possible to stick to the rigid routine of workouts on the same machines over a long period of time. You get bored with the monotony of the same exercise.
Some people even contract a host of side effects after consuming weight loss pills. The whole exercise of losing weight ends up in frustration.
They ignore the raw, fresh and least expensive gifts of nature such as fruits and vegetables that are abundantly available in a varied array of forms, colours and tastes. They allow you to change the products almost on a daily basis so that you do not get bored with anyone. Above all, they are much more effective for reducing the weight forever because veggies are almost essential ingredients of daily food.
In this article we will limit only to 12 veggies which are less expensive and more effective even than fruits.
Most veggies are rich in fibres. Fibres clean the digestive system of the toxic waste. They are laxative and remove the constipation, generally the main cause of weight gain. Fibres also fill up the system and reduce appetite and, thereby the weight as well.
Apart from being fat-free, sugar-free and calorie free, these veggies are rich in nutritious elements such as vitamins, minerals and salts that are essential for weight loss and good health.
Although consuming vegetables in raw form is the best way to lose weight, most people cannot relish them raw. You can, therefore, steam, grill or bake them.
Here is a list of top 12 veggies that can form a healthy weight loss plan and enable you to get an amazing body.
An extremely low calorie vegetable, cucumber contains only 15 calories per 100 gms raw. Its peel is highly fibrous and eliminates constipation. It is rich in potassium which reduces blood pressure as well as weight. 100 grams of cucumber contains 147 mg of potassium.
With only 17 calories per 100gms raw, zucchini is a highly fibrous veggie and reduces constipation. It is also rich in vitamin A and vitamin C, an anti-oxidant and potassium useful for reducing high blood pressure.
With just 18 calories per 100 gms raw, the red, red tomatoes are free from fats and cholesterol. They are excellent anti-oxidants and rich in dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and potassium—237 mg of potassium in 100 grms of tomatoes.
4. Green beans
Green beans- a lean vegetable- contain 31 calories per 100 gms raw. They are highly fibrous and laxative. They are also rich in iron, calcium, manganese and potassium.
Asparagus contains 20 calories per 100 gms raw which are burnt down in process of digesting the food. Bean shoots are rich in vitamin K, B-complex, iron and copper.
The lush green leafy spinach is low in calories. 100 gms of spinach has only 23 calories. It is rich in dietary fibre which is highly conducive for weight loss. It also contains lots of nutritious elements particularly iron, potassium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin K and B-complex.
Eggplant is a highly fibrous vegetable. It contains 24 calories in 100 gms raw. It is a rich source of vitamin B-complex and minerals such as potassium, copper, iron and manganese.
Fresh leafy cabbage has 25 calories per 100 gms raw. It is a remarkably nutritious vegetable.
Cabbage is a veritable storehouse of phyto-chemicals and powerful anti-oxidants particularly vitamin C and minerals such as potassium iron, manganese and magnesium.
These ingredients reduce the LDL or the bad cholesterol and also protect us against a variety of health problems including breast, colon, and prostate cancers. Vitamin K in cabbage strengthens the bones by promoting osteotrophic activity.
Carrots contain 41 calories per 100 grms raw. They are juicy, sweet and tasty and can be consumed raw. They are rich in dietary fibre, vitamins and anti-oxidants. They are an amazing source of a variety of minerals, vitamin C, beta carotene, a powerful anti-oxidant and A which is good for eyes.
An extremely low fat vegetable, lettuce has only 15 calories per 100 grms raw. It is a remarkably rich source of vitamin A, beta carotenes and phyto-nutrients. The abundance of vitamin K in lettuce is known to strengthen the bones by increasing the bone mass. It also helps in controlling Alzheimer’s disease by reducing neurological damage to the brain.
Beets have 45 calories and 325 mg of potassium per 100 gms raw. They are a rich source of fibre, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. They have zero cholesterol and practically no fats. They also contain lots of vitamin A and anti-oxidants.
12. Bitter gourd
Bitter gourd just contains 17 calories and an abundant 84 mgs of vitamin C per 100 gms raw. It is rich in phytonutrients, fibre, minerals and anti-oxidants. Vitamin C, a powerful anti-oxidant that cleans the body of free radicals and prevents the incidence of cancer.
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