Can You Eat Any Vegetable and Maintain a Healthy Weight?
When you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight, vegetables are almost always a good option. They tend to be very low in calories and are typically comprised of a lot of fiber, which can help you feel full and reduce your craving for more food. Most vegetables contain a lot of water, as well, also reducing hunger pangs. Furthermore, vegetables help regulate your blood sugar and minimize spikes in energy level.
But not all vegetables are created equal. Here are the best vegetables for weight loss/maintenance and the ones to avoid:
- Vegetables that help you lose or maintain weight—The best vegetables when you need to be conscious of your weight are spinach (and other green, leafy veggies), cauliflower, mushrooms, pumpkin, carrots, asparagus and cucumbers. Green leafy vegetables have been shown to support your metabolism and burn belly fat. Cauliflower carries very few calories in a large helping, so can help you feel full without the potential for weight gain. Mushrooms regulate your glucose level and boost your metabolism. Pumpkin is rich in fiber and low in calories. Carrots provide vitamin A and beta carotene, which lower your blood sugar. Asparagus contains chemicals that break down and burn fat. Cucumbers are more than 95% water, filling you and keeping you hydrated.
- Vegetables that won’t help you lose or maintain weight—A hard and fast rule—avoid canned vegetables of any kind—they are typically high in sodium, which can lead to weight gain. They also have flavor enhancers that interfere with proper digestion. Stay away from sweet potatoes—they have about 250 calories in a cup. Peas are starchy and glycemic, and can elevate blood sugar levels, increasing your hunger.
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