Why Are Fruits and Vegetables Important For Weight Loss?

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You've always heard that fruits and vegetables are important for your health. What they've often failed to mention is the reason that it is so. In this article, I will be listing the various reasons why fruits and vegetables are important along with what happens once inside your body. Hopefully, after reading this, you will be grocery shopping in the fruits and vegetables section instead of the sweets section.

One of the things you probably already know is that they contain vitamins. Although that is a nice thing, it is not exactly what interests me the most about a good serving of fruits and vegetables. If you eat healthy, you will be getting all the vitamins you ever need during the day so it's not really worth taking your time to calculate your intake of vitamins. They also contain fibers which are really healthy carbohydrates and minerals that can also be important if all you drink is distilled water – which has no minerals at all.

You may have learned a little something in the paragraph above but I doubt that really convinced you to eat them consistently yet. Now, my favorite quality about fruits and vegetables is their thermogenesis. Whew, that's a big weird word! Do not let it scare you though since thermogenesis will become your best friend in a couple of minutes. In simple terms, thermogenesis or what is also known as the thermogenic effect, is when your body requires energy to process the foods you give it. That said, depending on what you eat, you might not be eating all the calories you think you are eating. For example, if you eat 100 calories and have a thermogenic effect of 20%, you would actually have only ate 80 calories. All foods are thermogenic to some degree but it's the amount of their thermogenesis that will become your fat-burning weapon.

The highest thermogenic effect comes from proteins. On average, approximately 27% of the calories you consume from proteins will be burnt right off the bat from just digesting them. This is because proteins are huge. They need to be broken down into smaller macronutrients, otherwise known as amino acids, in order to be able to use them. Good examples are chicken and turkey breasts, very lean red meats, almost all fish, seafood, egg whites, and protein powder.

In second place are carbohydrates. Approximately 7% of the carbohydrates you eat will get used during digestion. The thermogenic effect comes from breaking down the sugars a couple of times depending on your body needs at that particular moment. Now if you go and eat a pound of white sugar, you will not come out a winner with that measly 7% off because it has a really high amount of calories. If you were to get them from fruits and vegetables though, you're on a winner since those are so low on calories that they become negative calorie foods – burns more to digest than they contain. The negative calorie vegetables list is extensive but it includes asparagus, beet roots, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chicory, hot chili, cucumber, garden cress, garlic, green beans, lettuce, onions, and zuchinis. The negative calorie fruits list is extensive as well containing apples, blueberries, cantaloupes, cranberries, grapefruits, honeydew, lemons, limes, mangos, oranges, papayas, peaches, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, tangerines, and watermelon.

Fats come in third with a tiny 3% on average. That means that practically all the calories you are eating from fat sources are the calories you are actually taking in. Although a fat-only diet would never be recommended, I urge you not to completely dismiss them because they are still great for your nerves, joints, skin, and a lot more when used in moderation.

Now that you can visualize thermogenesis, you are probably grinning mischievously with that new weapon in your hand. But it does not stop there! Thermogenesis can already be effective when you only eat 3 meals a day but imagine if you were to eat 6-8 smaller ones. You would be using the thermogenic effect to your advantage more than twice the amount in a day. Using a little math, it's not hard to calculate that eating right can actually be an insane automatic fat burner working 24/7 on its own!

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Source by Jonathan Biard