There are some vegetables high in nutrients but low in calories. These must form a part of your weight loss diet. You do not always have to look for greens. Veggies of other colours can also help in reducing your weight. They may also have different essential nutrients to offer. Now, how to choose between the various vegetables available?
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Although all vegetables are lower in calories than processed foods and most cooked foods, the same is not true about their carbohydrate content. There are vegetables that are high in carbohydrates which you need to avoid such as all varieties of potato, beets, corn, peas and winter squashes.
Vegetables low in Carbohydrates
- Sprouts, Herbs, Peppers, Broccoli and leafy greens.
- Sea vegetables, Bamboo shoots and artichoke hearts.
- Avocado, scallions, summer squash and asparagus.
- Eggplants, leeks, mushrooms and okra.
Other than vegetables that are low in carbohydrates, you also need those that are high in fibre. Although all vegetables contain this but there are some vegetables that have more of it than others.
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Some fibre rich vegetables
- Brussel Sprouts.
- Cooked beans and peas.
You can choose an ideal combination between these foods but never ignore to satisfy your cravings as only that can prevent you from dropping the motivation. Keep a calorie count and accordingly plan to include your favourite foods in it from time to time. You can also perhaps learn about the foods that do not seriously damage your chances of a weight loss and appeal to your taste bud at the same time. Unless you do this, you are likely to do what most people do. Fall off the track.
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Some vegetables that you can include for your palette are beans, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams and the like to go with healthy high-carb foods such as multi-grain cereals, brown rice, lentils, whole grain wheat and whole grain pasta.
It would be a good idea to have these vegetables in tempting yet healthy combinations. You can prepare:
- a frozen fruit smoothie with banana and unsweetened blueberries,
- try a smoothie in the mornings as that gives you soy and dietary fibre,
- and raisin bran with a cup of assorted cereals, skimmed milk and full of raisins.
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