Weight gain is a common problem that affects millions of people across the America. According to statistics, 68 percent of the U.S. Adults are overweight (have a BMI higher than 25) & 38 percent are obese. While there are many contributing factors, the main cause behind this epidemic is processed foods. Between the sugars, chemicals, trans fats and other toxic ingredients that are present in modern day 'food', our bodies are severely nutrient deficient and have turned into warehouses for toxins. In order to lose weight and regain overall health, the first step that needs to be taken is to DETOX. The most effective way to detox is through exercise and diet change. As the saying goes "Abs are Made In the kitchen, Not In The Gym". One of the best foods for detox are green foods. Greens contain large amounts of antioxidants and are packed with vitamins and minerals, which will solve nutrient deficiencies.
Here are The Top 7 Greens for Weight Loss:
Spirulina: Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows in fresh water. It is rich protein, which is necessary for weight loss. Spirulina contains a wide array of minerals, vitamins especially B vitamins. It is also rich in antioxidants including beta carotene, which protects cells from damage. Spirulina is commonly used to detox the body from heavy metals such as mercury and arsenic.
Chlorella: Chlorella is a microscopic single-celled blue-green algae that grows in fresh water. Chlorella contains all the B vitamins, vitamin c and e, magnesium and antioxidants. It is known to help detox from heavy metals such as mercury. Chlorella has also been effective with weight loss. According to a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers state, “Chlorella intake resulted in noticeable reductions in body fat percentage, serum total cholesterol, and fasting blood glucose levels”.
Green Tea: Green Tea is delicious blend of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. It has been proven to be very effective with weight loss. It boost the metabolism, and reduces appetite. Green tea also contain catechins. Catechins in the green tea are one of the active ingredients linked to weight loss. They help prevent the accumulation of body fat, as well as increase body temperature so you burn more calories.
Brocoli: According to researchers, broccoli has a phytonutrient called sulforaphane that increase testosterone and fights off body fat storage. It’s also rich in vitamin C which is necessary for weight loss. According to a review published in 2005 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition people who are deficient in vitamin C may have a harder time losing fat mass
Spinach: Leafy greens are one the best foods for detox. Spinach in particular is rich in vitamins, and minerals. It also contains large amounts of protein. Spinach contains thylakoids, a compound that’s been shown to significantly reduce cravings and promote weight loss.
Olive oil: Typically found in mediterranean cuisine, olive oil is one of the healthiest sources of fat. While most people shy away from fat and consider it the #1 enemy, fat is necessary for heart health, brain health and weight management. In fact healthy fats are necessary when it comes to weight loss. When you consume healthy fat, you will have less of a craving for carbohydrates and you will feel more satiated and full. Olive oil contains large amounts of antioxidants and has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains fatty acid which is great for brain health.
Avocados: Avocados are a great source of healthy fats, omega 3 fatty acid, and antioxidants. Avocados are packed with vitamins B6, C, E and K. Avocado is also a good source of folate, potassium, magnesium and lutein.
While weight loss is important, there are other benefits you reap by eating healthy such as increased energy, improved mood, better blood pressure levels & decreased risk of chronic disease.
Leah M. is the author of "The Kosher Gut Plan- Reboot Your Digestive System Naturally". The book describes in detail alternative treatments, healing foods and recipes for IBS, Colitis, and Crohns. Her book is available for sale on Amazon.