Do you find yourself holding your breath and tucking in your belly around a certain hottie or two? Do you keep your shirt on when you’re at the beach? Have you looked into a mirror and thought you could do away with that spare tire?
Common knowledge would lead you to these answers: exercise and a healthier diet. These, in turn, would lead to the questions of what kinds of exercise to do and what food to eat. In this article, you will get some help on the diet part of the equation.
Having a balanced diet is the key, and vegetables play a very important role. Quality is good, but before you start buying the most expensive greens you can afford, check out these alternatives that bring the nutrition without spending all of your money.
Green Beans: These slender packages of beans contain your usual vitamins of C and A which help your immune system, and vitamin K which aid the strengthening of bones. The presence of carotenoids and flavonoids also makes this vegetable a good source of antioxidants. These are sold almost everywhere and you can get them fresh, frozen or canned.
Lettuce: A staple of sandwiches and salads, this leafy green veggie packs a one-two punch of vitamin A and potassium, which keep our fluids and electrolytes in check. Its dietary fiber content is good, making digestion and the passing of stool easier while keeping you feel full. Mix it up with other vegetables or surround your lean meats with it for a balanced meal.
Tomato: It is famed for its high content of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. It also takes good care of the heart, as it lowers cholesterol that clogs the arteries. Slice it up and stick some in your sandwiches, dice it and eat it with fish, or have them whole!
Sweet Potatoes: They may not be as popular as their cousin, the potato, but they carry their weight with a whopping 438.1% of vitamin A of our daily value needs! It is also filled with complex carbohydrates, making it a healthier and more efficient source of energy compared with white rice or bread.
Cucumber: Vitamin K is its main contribution, but it also has a good amount of antioxidant such as beta-carotene and manganese. Preliminary research shows that there are potential anti-cancer benefits to consuming cucumbers. They are cultivated all over the world and are easy to find without jacked up prices. Chop up one cucumber and add the slices to your already burgeoning deliciously healthy salad.
These are just a couple of vegetables that you can use to build yourself a balanced diet. You can get them fresh to capitalize more on their nutritional value, or frozen to make things more convenient. If you’ve been eating nothing but delicious unhealthy food, it might take some time to adapt. The important thing is to keep at it. With the less amount of calories you’ll be consuming, you’ll lose the fat and gain the confidence to show off in no time.
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