The saying ‘you are what you eat is more than a cliché as it is true in every way. One mistake a lot of people hoping to lose weight make is they focus more on physical activities than what they eat.
I know a few people that gave up on working out because they were not seeing any reasonable improvement over time. But they usually have one thing in common, their eating habit.
Imagine working out for 30 minutes and eating a bowl of pounded yam or Amala afterward, that is like consuming almost all the daily recommended calorie intake at a sitting… how will anyone lose weight with such lifestyle?
Now, let’s talk about the benefits of vegetables. One, they are lower in calories, especially when consumed raw or prepared without oil. Secondly, you will get almost all the important nutrients your body needs to function effectively. Thirdly, they are easier to prepare and you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen before you could eat.
Mind you, I am not saying you MUST feed only on vegetables to lose weight. No! But to achieve reasonable success, you need to include more vegetables in your diets.
Let’s look at some common vegetables you could include in your daily diet if you wish to shed some weight.
Carrots are one of the most popular fruits around and with just 100Naira, you can buy enough for one person. Carrots can be eaten raw or cooked and they can be included with other vegetables to make a salad. If there is anything I love about this fruit is that they are really low in sugar and you can eat as much as you want without feeling you are eating to much sugar.
Cucumber is another great vegetable you should include in your diet. Cucumber has a lot of water which is an advantage during this heat period as they will help keep you hydrated. Cucumber does not contain fat or carbs and these make it appropriate for your weight loss goal. Basically, you get filled up while you take just some few calories. 1 cucumber of about 100g equal 10 calories.
Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable and they are quite common in this part of the world. Cabbage could be leafy green, red or white but the green and white are more common in this part. When you take cabbage, you are not just feeding but you are preventing and curing some known disease as the vegetable contains some healing properties. If you can’t eat cabbage alone, you could serve with cucumber and carrot.
Lettuce can be easily mistaken for cabbage as they are both leafy vegetables with layers, but unlike cabbage, lettuce is more crunchy when eaten. Cabbage also contains less water than lettuce.
Spinach may not be so common, but they are usually available in fruits and vegetable stores. Spinach contains more nutrients when compared with lettuce and cabbage and they could be eaten raw or cooked.