Proper Food Choices Can Lead to Slimmer, Healthier Body
Do you enjoy delicious foods? At the same time, are you worried about gaining weight? Don't sweat it any longer. This month, Women of China explains how you can slim down while eating delicious foods. It is just a matter of making the right choices.
The Right Foods
You should eat more fruits and vegetables, rather than sweet and oily foods, if you want to lose weight and stay slim. You should also eat foods such as celery and sweet potatoes, which easily fill your stomach. You may also eat some low-energy foods, such as wax gourds, kelp and cucumbers. Be careful not to eat too much salt—no more than six grams per day.
Spinach: The low-heat vegetable is rich in ferrum (Fe) and vitamins A and C.
Romaine: Eating raw romaine is good for your health, as it is rich in water and cellulose*.
Seeds of Job's Tears: The food, which is rich in nutrients, such as proteins, and vitamins C and B, will help reduce weight gain.
Chinese Flowering Quince: It cures dropsy, beriberi and arthritis.
Dried Orange Peels: This will help with digestion, and it will reduce fat in your abdomen.
Frozen Bean Curd: It absorbs fat in your intestines and stomach, and then helps excrete that fat.
Mung Bean Sprouts: The food, rich in cellulose, helps promote peristalsis of your stomach and intestines, and helps ease constipation.
Proper Eating Habits
Nutritional Balance: In addition to choosing the right foods, it is crucial that you eat them properly. If you want to reduce weight, you must control your appetite, while you make sure the foods you eat are balanced nutritionally, with various nutrients, such as proteins, minerals and vitamins.
More Fresh Foods: They are better for your health than preserved foods, as their nutrients remain intact, while the cellulose in preserved foods can be reduced or destroyed during processing. As it usually takes longer to chew fresh foods, you will be less likely to eat too much, or too fast. When you eat natural fruits and vegetables, you might feel full more quickly, as the foods usually contain plenty of water. Unlike preserved foods, which contain fats and various seasonings, such as salt and sugar, natural foods satisfy your appetite in a more healthy way.
Eating Slowly: You should eat slowly, as chewing your food well before swallowing is easier on your stomach. The level of your body's blood sugar increases as you eat. When your blood sugar reaches a certain level, the central nervous system in your brain will send out a signal for you to stop eating. However, if you eat too fast, you might be full before your body receives that signal.
No Staple Foods: Staple foods are grains, which mainly include rice, flour, coarse cereals and potatoes. Some people, who are eager to lose weight, eat fruits rather than staple foods during meals. However, they do not realize the importance of balanced nutrition. Staple foods, which are rich in carbohydrates, one of the three major nutrients the body needs (the other two are fat and protein), provides 55-60 percent of your total energy. In addition, carbohydrates help burn fat.
Skipping Breakfast: Some people, who skip breakfast every day, tend to eat abundant lunches and/or suppers. As a result, they are more likely to gain weight. They may also lack energy in the morning. If you are such a person, you should begin eating breakfast. You may start with a bite—a piece of bread and a cup of milk—in the morning.
Anxious: Some people, especially young women, are so eager to lose weight quickly that they go on diets and, at the same time, exercise vigorously. However, they may not be happy with the results. In fact, they should not lose more than two kilograms of weight in a month; otherwise, they may harm their hearts. Exercising regularly is good for your health, but you should avoid going to the extreme. Never exercise on an empty stomach. To burn fat, you should be patient, and arrange your daily diet and exercises scientifically.