Sounds odd but it works. These food contain less calories than it takes your body to process them. They are nifty and tasty li’l allies on the road to health.
About 75% is water and 25% is fibre and other roughage which keeps you feeling fuller for longer, promotes regular bowel movements as well as boosts digestive health more generally and reduces the urge to snack. It contains vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K and anti-oxidant properties that may be able to improve cardiovascular health, reducing your chances of developing hardened arteries (and related problems like heart attacks and cardiovascular disease). There is even some evidence suggesting that a diet high in celery can improve the appearance of your skin.
Its 60% or more water and a particular type of fibre (pectin) which boosts digestive health, feeling of fullness, reduces arterial hardening and reduces arterial hardening. It may also boost your metabolism and energy and contains phytonutrients called limonoids, which may help to reduce your chances of developing tumors in the stomach, colon and lungs. People who eat the greatest quantities of red grapefruit typically have up to 16% lower levels of LDL cholesterol (i.e. ‘bad’ cholesterol).
3. Lettuce and Leafy Greens
50% water and 50% fibre. They are an excellent source of energy, and definitely help to reduce the urge to eat sweet treats. They improve your overall health and aid weight loss.
e.g. -Kale provides you with anti-carcinogenic nutrients called glucosinolates, which are highly effective at reducing the cancer risk of colon, prostate, ovaries, breast and bladder. 1 serving of Kale = 1327% of your RDI of vitamin K and 192% of vitamin A, both of which promote strong, healthy bones.
–Spinach 1 g provides more protein than 1 g of steak.
Watermelon is extremely low in calories, has virtually no fat and a very rich source of B vitamins, which increase energy levels and reduce your need for extra food. It may boost your metabolic rate to a higher level than other fruits because of its high fibre and protein content. It is a great source of lycopene, an antioxidant that may protect against cancers of the womb, breast, colon and respiratory system.
Tons of flavor without adding tons of calories. It is easily digestible, suppresses your appetite, makes you feel fuller. It smells and tastes like something far richer, ‘tricking’ you into feeling more satisfied after eating it. It’s easy to make vegetable broth with your favorite vegetables.
6. Yogurt (Plant-based)
It can help to regulate bowel movements, promotes the maintenance and breeding of healthy cultures in the gut, and it can even help to keep your bones strong. But check for fat content, added sugars and gelatin. You can also make your own quite easily.
7. Apples and Oranges
Apple and oranges help you lose weight if eaten in moderation and contain amazingly powerful nutrients.
-Apples: shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer by 17% (when fed to rats on a daily basis). When the number of apple servings was increased to three, rats were 44% less likely to suffer from malignant mammary tumors. There is some evidence that the quercetin found in apples could lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
-Oranges: they contain magnesium and potassium, which regulate blood pressure. They contain herperidin, which lowers bad cholesterol. It is speculated be the reason that daily consumption of oranges appears to cut stroke risk by almost 20%.
8. Chili peppers
Chili peppers burn more calories than they contain, can curb appetite. Their capsaicin will boost your metabolic rate, causing your body to burn more calories for a while after consumption.
Evidence suggests that the lycopene in tomatoes can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. They are particularly connected with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. The chromium that tomatoes contain might help to regulate blood sugar levels. Good news for diabetics.
Rocket contains just four calories per cup, high in fibre keeping your digestive system working properly, curbing your appetite, and contains vital vitamins K, C and A.
Cucumbers contain mainly water, burn more calories than they contain, may help to improve your resistance to disease (eaten with the skin), provide vitamin C which improves the ability to resist invasion by bacteria and viruses. Cucumbers could reduce excessively high levels of inflammation in your body, as they contain enzymes with an anti-inflammatory influence similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen).
Asparagus contains diuretic nutrients that help to remove toxins from your system, can boost the metabolism, is bursting with folate coupled with minerals like calcium (reduced risk of life-threatening birth defects) and can also reduce troublesome bloating or swelling.
Broccoli contains around 30 calories per serving, the huge fibre content helps to keep you feeling full, the protein is equal to that found in rice (while it contains just a fraction of the calorie content of rice). It is a source of beta-carotene, zinc and selenium, which have shown to boost immune system. The carotenoid lutein in broccoli combats arterial hardening, cutting your risk of fatal heart attacks or strokes.
Enjoyed in moderation, coffee can be an asset. It has 0 calories, the ability to change the levels of certain hormones that alert you to whether you are hungry or full, reduces cravings, it boosts your metabolic rate ,and is linked to a reduction in risk for liver cancer, Parkinson’s disease and type 2 diabetes.
There are lots and Lots and LOTS of reasons you should drink more water but that is a subject for another time.
Breakfast: 4 slices Wholemeal Toast & Margarine (my daughter made it and I just could not turn it away. She made us breakfast in bed.
Lunch: 3 slices Wholemeal Bread with Fat Free Home-made Cheese
Dinner: Sweetpotato, Carrots, Cabbage, Fat Free Onion Gravy, Meatloaf (Vegan)
Drinks: 3 cups of Coffee & Soy Milk, 750 ml Water