Dr. Fuhrman makes it very clear, you want to lose weight? Eat lots of fruits and veggies. They’re low in calories and heavy in bulk—meaning? You feel full, without consuming a lot of calories. Take green vegetables for example, according to Dr. Fuhrman eating plenty of green veggies will actually make you thin:
Green vegetables are so incredibly low in calories and rich in nutrients and fiber that the more you eat of them, the more weight you will lose. One of my secrets of nutritional excellence and superior healing is the one pound-one pound rule. That is, try to eat at least one pound of raw green vegetables a day and one pound of cooked/steamed or frozen green vegetables a day as well. One pound raw and one pound cooked--keep this goal in mind as you design and eat every meal. This may be too ambitious a goal for some of us to reach, but by working toward it, you will ensure the dietary balance and results you want. The more greens you eat, the more weight you will lose. The high volume of greens not only will be your secret to a thin waistline but will simultaneously protect you against life threatening illnesses.Now, this next item shouldn’t be all that surprising. Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have determined fruits and vegetables are an essential part of weight-loss. Diet-Blog is on it:
Their study included 658 healthy men and women divided into two groups.
Those who made the greatest reductions in the energy or calorie density of their diets lost an average of 13 pounds over 6 months. Those who made the smallest reduction in energy lost 5 pounds over the same period.
- Group 1: Told to eat 9 to 12 daily servings of fruits and vegetables and 2 to 3 servings of low-fat dairy.
- Group 2: Told to reduce calorie intake, but were not given goals for fruit, vegetable and dairy intake.
I try to include as many fruits and vegetables in my diet because I like the filling sensation. I also believe that consuming more more fresh foods will increase the intake of fiber, vitamins and minerals.