Eating Vegetables for Weight LossPosted: July 25, 2017 in Healthy Eating by Craig Primack MD FACP
Following a healthy diet that is rich in vegetables can help you lose weight and improve heart health. This is one of the first things you learn as soon as you start researching what it means to be healthy. From a young age we are told about the benefits of eating healthy, and parents find creative ways to trick their kids into eating vegetables for this exact reason.
The Pros and Cons of Eating Veggies
Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t make vegetables the priority in their diet that they know they should be. There are a lot of reasons as to why this happens. For one thing, it can be more expensive to eat a lot of vegetables. Produce isn’t always cheap, and then it has the potential of going bad before you even get a chance to finish it off. Even if you just buy enough produce to last you a week, you still may find some items starting to rot before you can enjoy them. This discourages a lot of people from eating vegetables regularly. Other than that, vegetables require preparation, and sometimes there isn’t enough time or interest in the item to warrant making a big vegetable-dense meal.
While these may be valid drawbacks, there are a lot more pros than cons when it comes to eating healthy vegetables daily.
- Vegetables are great for weight loss
- They add a tasty side dish to any meal
- They are loaded with nutrients and vitamins to support a healthy lifestyle
Researchers have also found that eating a diet that is loaded with a lot of healthy vegetables can actually help prevent against early menopause, helping to improve your quality of life by potentially postponing hormone imbalance and the uncomfortable symptoms that accompany that.
What’s more, by being proactive you can actually prevent many of the biggest drawbacks associated with vegetables. There are plenty of veggies that are easy to cook, especially by using a steamer tray and your microwave. This makes it easy to include fresh veggies, even on weeknights! Using frozen vegetables can also help you cut down on the potential of your produce going bad before you get it out of the fridge.
By being a little creative and opening your mind to new recipes and ideas, you can find vegetables that you enjoy and make them part of your regular diet. Eating a diet rich in vegetables can help your weight loss progress and improve your health. Just make sure that you talk with your primary care doctor before making any changes to your diet.