If you are thinking about including zero-calorie diet, remember that there is no such thing. Having said that there are a few foods you can eat without the worry of putting on weight. These foods, mostly fall into the category of either vegetables or non-starchy foods. People who eat these fruits or vegetables feel fuller and do not gain weight as these are mostly made up of water, are low in calories and are rich in fiber.
Scroll down to check out the various fruits and vegetables that you can have and still keep your weight at bay.
There are a number of reasons why apples top the list. Apples are rich in nutrients and fiber and are the best add-on to your weight loss diet plan (1). Apples maintain the blood sugar levels in your body and this helps you stay away from food cravings. Also, these fruits are low in sodium content and hence prevent water retention in the body.
If you wish to keep your hunger pranks away, it is time to add Avocados to your everyday diet. These not only taste good, but also help keep your hunger pranks at bay (2). Avocados are rich in nutrients like vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and potassium. You can have half Avocado with your lunch to feel more satisfied.
Pumpkins are not only good for Halloween but are also considered to be a healthy treat by many. Not everyone knows that pumpkins aid in weight loss as they are filled with fiber and are low in calories. If you are looking for a vegetable to add on to the menu, it is time you choose pumpkin as it is filled with minerals and nutrients as well. Pumpkin also has an anti-oxidant called beta-carotene, which does wonders for your body.
If you are using a pumpkin, do not throw away the seeds. You can instead roast the same and eat them. The seeds of this vegetable are packed with iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and many more minerals. The seeds help to keep you fit and lean, thanks to the unsaturated fats present in them.
Do you know that more than 95% of celery is just water! Even then this has good amounts of potassium, fiber, vitamin K and folate. Above all, all you take in is just 6 calories in one serving. Due to its high fiber content, it keeps you full, but make sure to use celery when it is fresh (3). It is said that the vegetable loses its antioxidant properties within 5 -7 days from the time it gets harvested.
If you want to remain full for long, it is time you switch to beans or legumes. These have good nutrient contents and these keep you very full. Lentils also have proteins and soluble fiber and are opted as a protein alternative by vegetarians. Beans also have good contents of iron, folate and magnesium, which help in reducing triglycerides and the cholesterol in the blood.
If you have not included lentils in your daily diet yet, it is time you do so. These can be had as a soup or a salad. You can even toss some lentils in olive oil; add a few peppers and spices. This can be had as a snack or as a salad in your main course.
Cucumber is considered to be a fruit by some and as a vegetable by some. This is mostly made up of water and you only intake 16 calories in every serving. Never discard the seeds or the skin as they have the most nutritional value. So, do not peel these as well.
The peel of the cucumber and its seeds have fiber and beta-carotene, which is a form of vitamin A. This is known to be good for the eyes.
7. Grape Fruit
If you are looking forward to losing weight the healthy way, include grapefruit in your everyday diet. Also known as a diet fruit, grapefruits have high fiber and this stabilizes the blood sugar levels and also helps get rid of frequent food cravings. One half of grapefruit only has 50 calories and the high fiber content keeps you full for long.
Grapefruits also have vitamin C which helps get rid of various heart-related ailments. It lowers the cholesterol levels and improves digestion and can also be eaten by pregnant women.
Broccoli can be eaten in its raw form or by steaming it. It is known to be the most nutritious vegetable that contains an anticarcinogen called sulforaphane. This is known to work wonders and helps destroy the cancer-causing chemicals that enter the body via food or through other sources like environment pollution etc.
Broccoli contains vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin B and K and just one serving of broccoli takes care of 20% of your everyday fiber requirement and, it only has 31 calories.
Cantaloupe is one fruit has the highest content of beta-carotene, which is a form of vitamin A. This not only improves the eye health, but also provides a number of other health benefits. You can include a cup of cantaloupe to get adequate amounts of potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. The fruit also has a high content of water and one serving has only 55 calories.
Everyone loves berries, be it the blueberries or the strawberries. Both these fruits have good amounts of vitamin C and one serving of strawberry is known to have more vitamin c when compared to an orange. Strawberries also have antioxidant called polyphenols and are also a good source of fiber and potassium. Berries are also free of fat, sodium and cholesterol and this is what makes them healthy for your heart. A cup of berries only has 50 calories and you have this as a morning snack. This way you feel fuller and do not indulge in a heavy lunch.
Now that you know about the 10 fruits and vegetables, include them in your diet plan and lose weight the healthy way.