10 Best Slimming Vegetables For Weight Loss

Hopefully I'm not fooling you with the "slimming" part of the title of this article as most vegetables are by far better for us than any other food group in terms of weight gain/loss. The facts are that vegetables are the very next food group below protein for weight loss surgery patients or for that matter, anyone who wants to lose weight. Not only are most of them low in calories, they are also full of nutrients, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.

Before we get to the Top 10 list of veggies, we need to talk a bit about preparing and cooking vegetables so that we get the most out of their benefits.

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Fresh vegetables is always the way to go. Frozen can work as a good 2nd choice, but forget canned vegetables. There's not much left of all the great nutrients in vegetables after the canning process.

10 Best Slimming Vegetables For Weight Loss

In preparing vegetables, always make sure your thoroughly wash them. It's estimated that as many as 25 to 30 people touch our fruit and vegetables before we buy them in our super market. That's form the person in the field who picked them - to the 10 people who dug through them in the bin at the supermarket before you purchased them. Have you ever watched people picking through the vegetables at your supermarket? Who buys those vegetables that the person before you looked at and put back? You do - That's who! ALWAYS wash every vegetable you eat.

The best way to cook vegetable is to steam, bake or eat them raw. Using these 3 methods retains all the nutrients in the vegetables. If you boil them, the majority of the nutrients are leached from the food. It's OK if you're making soup, but if you throw those juices away after boiling vegetables, you my as well have save yourself the time preparing the vegetable, because you won't get any of the valuable nutrients from them.

OK, so here's my list of the Top 10 Vegetables for Weight Loss or WLS Post-ops:

1. Any/All Green leafy vegetables - this includes ALL Lettuces, Spinach, Kale etc.

2. Cucumbers

3. All Sweet Bell Peppers (Any colour)

4. Tomatoes ( I know, they're a fruit - but you won't find them on my fruit list, so they have to go here)

5. Carrots

6. Green Peas

7. Yams

8. Squash

9. Sweet potatoes

10. Garlic and Onions

Now you might wonder why Broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts aren't on the list? The facts are, these 3 veggies are wonderfully full of vitamins, minerals, etc - unfortunately they're also fairly gassy. Many Post-op gastric by-pass people may find they can't tolerate these 3 veggies. The trick is to try them and see. If you can tolerate them, then you get to add them to your list.

10 Best Slimming Vegetables For Weight Loss

Ron Merk
WLS Support

Protein Powder For Women - What to Look For in a Protein Powder For Women

The growth in the use of protein powders in recent years has been pretty astounding. Once seen as the domain of hardcore bodybuilders, they are now becoming a part of most workout routines and weight loss diets, and the use of protein powders among women continues to pick up pace.

Now, as we know, men and women have physical differences and so have different requirements when it comes to nutrition. So naturally, we ask ourselves...

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Are most protein powders OK for women to use or are they made specifically for men?

Protein Powder For Women - What to Look For in a Protein Powder For Women

What's the main difference between a protein powder for women and one for men?

What should a woman look for when she goes shopping for protein?

In general most protein powders these days are designed for BOTH the man and woman in mind. They often provide separate serving suggestions for men and women, since a woman's required protein intake is naturally lower than a man's. A serving for a woman should typically contain around 20 grams of protein.

The main difference between protein powders made specially for women is that they tend to contain less carbs, fats and sugars, and often have extra vitamins that are essential for women's health - things like Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, and Iron.

When looking for a good protein powder for women, try to get something derived from protein isolates rather than concentrates. Although there is not a huge difference between the two, the one containing isolates tends to have a lower content of carbs and fats, and is absorbed slightly quicker into the body.

If you're using protein powder for women as part of a weight loss diet, watch out for the sodium levels in some protein powders...sometimes these are added to increase flavour. Avoid anything that uses flavour enhancers like monosodium glutamate as these will tend to make you hungry and crave sugary foods.

Soy protein is good for dieters as it is a low-GI food and sugar-free so you won't have to worry about excess sugar intake.

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