Thursday, September 18, 2008

5 essential weight loss foods

Found this interesting article from Dr. Mao for all health conscious individuals out there. As we all know that "health is wealth", may these tips help you in achieving a good and healthy diet.

1. Millet: A well-balanced diet should consist of whole grains instead of refined grains like white rice and pasta, and millet is a beneficial and delicious staple of this category of food. This non-glutinous grain is over 10-percent protein, has high amounts of fiber and B-complex vitamins, and because it isn't an acid forming food, is easy to digest.

2. Asparagus: When losing weight, it's important to favor chlorophyll-rich foods, including asparagus. Asparagus is a nutrient-rich vegetable packed with folate, vitamins A, C, and K, and fiber. Asparagus also contains a carbohydrate known as inulin (not to be confused with insulin) that promotes healthy bacteria in the large intestine - which in turn promotes a healthier digestive function.

3. Pomegranates: Eating a balanced diet to lose weight should include eating fresh fruits, and pomegranates are a wonderful example of a healthy, nutritious fruit that has antioxidant properties and will help prevent cancer. While the benefits of drinking pomegranate juice have gained a lot of attention recently, you will be more likely to lose weight by eating the fruit fresh to increase your fiber intake and keep the calories down.

4. Pine Nuts: Pine nuts are the edible seeds of pine trees and are considered an essential ingredient in the tasty Italian mixture pesto. Chinese medicine uses pine nuts to improve gastrointestinal tract and digestive functions, and pine nut oil is even used for appetite suppression. Pine nuts and other nuts are a tasty part of a well-balanced diet intended for weight loss.

5. Green Tea: It has been found that consuming large amounts of coffee and caffeine can lead to food cravings, increase one's appetite, and induce stress-related eating. Green tea is a wonderful alternative to coffee in that it does provide a little caffeine but also contains beneficial antioxidants. So drink up!

( Source: Dr. Mao's Secrets of Longevity )

***On thing more to complete a balance lifestyle- don't forget to make exercise part of your routine. I think an hour to sweat around would be enough to have your blood in good circulation and help release excess fats in your body. Have a healthy and smiley day ahead!:-)

7 comments:

bloom said...

noted ate nyl! :)

pchi said...

asa man ko mangita ana daw?

hehe

Panaderos said...

I love green tea and asparagus. :)

prinsesamusang said...

that's the problem. the only thing you get in RP is green tea and the others, no. i also saw this selection on yahoo health. i don't know why i read yahoo health. i have the worst health habits ever. i'd die soon.

Hendrawan said...

I don't think you care about over weigth before, Cliff.

I'm fine..

atticus said...

walang beer? o red wine?

kidding! hehe.

the past few days i ditched coffee a lot of times and just boiled water with ginger and drank it with calamansi and honey. okay naman. i don't miss it that much.

Nyl said...

bloom,

thanks girl!hope you enjoy the tips.

pchi,

naa man ta product diri of green tea and we also have asparagus available in the market.:)

Panaderos,

i also love asparagus. they say it's good for fertility.hehe!

prisesamusang,

i share the same sentiment with you. i am not health conscious most often. hahaha!ironic!:)

hend,

haha!sometimes i dont really care about being overweight but i realize that just sometimes not as often though.;)thanks you ok.

atticus,

i dont know about the health contribution that beer brings but i know that wine is good for the heart and so some doctors advise to have a drink of wine at least once a month. boiling ginger with a drop of calamansi is good for the "voice box" or even for cough.i am a coffe drinker too but not that often lately.