Losing weight is never an easy task. Most important factor contributing to weight gain is your calorie intake. Here is a list of vegetables that you can add to your diet to control your calorie intake. They not only help us feeling full for a longer period of time but also provide vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to function optimally and lose weight.
Broccoli : This vegetable is a store house of necessary nutrients and is very beneficial for fat loss. It contains 60 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent proteins with no fats at all. It also contains a lot of water along with minerals and vitamin A, B2, B6, C and k. It contains minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, iron, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. It is completely filled with fiber and water content. So it helps to quickly fill up as it adds volume to your meal without adding many calories to it.
Spinach : It is one of the greens that can help you achieve you weight loss goal. Spinach is a low calorie, nutrient rich food that can be used as a substitute for your high calorie food. It contains vitamins A, B6, C, E, K, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, copper and manganese along with very low amount of calories. It is a good source of antioxidant named ‘Quercetin’. Spinach not only helps to fill up but it is also a very good source of nutrients.
Collard Greens : It is another great food that can be support your fat loss plan. It contains proteins, magnesium, calcium, potassium and vitamins A, B6, C, E, K, niacin and folate. It is also full of fiber that makes you feel full, enabling to you to eat less and lose weight.
Leeks : They are fair source of Vitamin A, C calcium and iron. They are affordable and have negligible amount of sodium and proteins. Since leeks adds very less calories to your diet, incorporating them more heavily into any healthy meal plan could help you curb total calorie consumption.
Beans : They are full of proteins and fiber content. There is different variety of beans with different nutritional values. The most nutrient-packed beans are: kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, navy beans and lima beans. Beans also contain antioxidants. Since beans are fully loaded with fiber, they make us feel fuller for long time.
Brussels sprouts : This green vegetable contains high protein contents along with vitamin A, B1, B6, C and K. It is a rich source of minerals, iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, foliate and fibers. Filled with all the nutrients, Brussels sprouts contain very less amount of calories making it an ideal diet for weight loss.
Cabbage : This green leafy vegetable is low in calories and is fat and cholesterol free but it contains lots of essential nutrients. It contains Vitamin C, beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant, potassium and is high in fiber. It also contains sulphoraphane, which has potent anticancer properties. All these properties make it a great food which you can add to your diet plan.
Watercress : This green leafy vegetable is full of nutrition and dietary fibers. It contains Vitamins A, B1, B6, C, E and vitamin K. Due to the presence of beta carotene vitamin C, it is considered to be a powerful antioxidant. Watercress is a good source of manganese, iron, zinc and calcium. Since it is rich in fibers and has very low calories, it is a ideal vegetable to be a part of your diet plan.
Alfalfa sprouts : These are obtained from Alfalfa plant and they are good source of fibers and dietary protein. It also contains several micronutrients and vitamin B (thiamin, niacin, foliate) and B6. Alfalfa can help to lower the cholesterol level which is a cause of heart disease, heart attacks, angina and strokes. They are extremely low in calories and can be added to salads, sandwiches, soups, stir fries etc. When added in raw form, they can provide lots of bulk to your diet and thus help you in weight loss.
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