If you’re among the millions of people battling weight problems, then you’ll be interested to know this. There is a specific class of vegetables containing certain phytonutrients and these actually help you burn fat indirectly! Xenoestrogens are chemicals commonly found in our environment. They are found in herbicides, pesticides, petrochemicals from cosmetics and household cleaners. These Xenoestrogens wreak havoc in our bodies and stimulate them to store fat as well. Here’s a list of vegetables that contain indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and other unique phytonutrients; these veggies help us fight the effects of the estrogenic compounds found in chemicals. As a result, these veggies help us beat stored fat as well.
Eat these vegetables in their organic and raw state. Raw vegetables make the body work harder to digest them. This means that you lose fat in two ways; 1) The fat that you lose owing to their Xenoestrogen-fighting ability and 2) The calories that the body spends to digest these vegetables. Vegetables are generally low in fat and high in nutrients, which makes it easy for you to eat as much of them as you want. They will not add to your daily caloric intake, but will keep you feeling full and help you lose weight.
1. Broccoli and Cauliflower
Broccoli and cauliflower are cruciferous vegetables, and contain the best defensive properties and enzymes to combat the effects of deadly toxins we intake. To get the best out of these vegetables, steam them, grill them or stir fry them. Don’t boil them overlong. Eat these vegetables on a daily basis and in good quantities, to keep them working to the best degree possible.
Kale is an excellent way to fight the toxic effects of Xenoestrogens. Apart from fighting the bad guy, kale is so full of fiber that you get the benefit of a healthy bowel as well. Kale is also loaded with Vitamin K. Even though the taste can be a little strong and takes some time to get used to, try and include kale into your daily food regimen. Make a smoothie of kale with yogurt and spice it up with salt and pepper to make it easier to take this vegetable into your body. One thing is certain; the beneficial effects of eating kale will far outweigh any objections your taste buds might make!
Artichokes are probably one of the most nutritious and flavorful vegetables around. This vegetable is also probably the most underused vegetable in the world. It’s hard work, peeling the artichoke to get to the tender, edible part. People tend to avoid buying this vegetable because of the laborious preparation that’s involved. Still, if you were to put in the effort, even a medium-sized artichoke can give you over six grams of fiber and four grams of protein. You’ll be adding valuable nutrients to your diet and burning fat, besides!
Mushrooms of all kinds, even the strong-flavored ones, are very beneficial as fat-busters. You can use mushrooms in various dishes; add them to your pasta sauce, sauté them in garlic butter, use them as pizza topping. Mushrooms are full of vitamin B, as well as potassium. The potassium reduces your body’s water retention. The salt in our food helps the body retain excess water which makes us feel sluggish and bloated. Getting rid of this excess water reduces your weight and increases your energy levels. Include mushrooms in your diet to achieve this.
Tomatoes, whether you consider them a fruit or a vegetable, are power packed with nutrients. Endowed with more vitamins than most other vegetables, tomatoes also include good amounts of cancer-fighting lycopene. Low in calories, you can eat as many tomatoes as you want. They are high in water content as well, which makes these vegetables wonderful salad and salsa additions for the summer! The water content also makes them a great fat burner.
OTHER FAT BUSTING VEGGIES
Porous vegetables contain more water, which is what you need to bust fat. Include the following vegetables into your diet to get the fat-busting advantage.
- Green beans
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