Watery Vegetables: Key for Healthy Weight Loss

When I read articles that implicate one miracle food as being the key for losing weight,  I get skeptical.  When people tout this food or that food, this supplement or that supplement, and so on, as being the single things that will magically melt the fat away, I get turned off.

Why?  Because weight loss – well, healthy weight loss – will not happen as a result of eating one food or taking one supplement.  Well, at least it won’t happen in a healthy manner.

I do believe, however, that in order to experience healthy and successful weight loss, there is one main type of food that you should focus on eating, and that type of food is “watery” vegetables.

What are “Watery” Vegetables?

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Some examples of watery vegetables and fruits that I found around the kitchen

 

Watery vegetables are non-starchy and also tend to have a high water content.  The following are examples:

Tomatoes – Squash – Green beans – Cucumber – Peppers – Onions – Eggplant

Leafy green vegetables count, too;

Lettuce – Broccoli – Cabbage – Kale – Spinach – Collards – Turnip greens – Swiss Chard

Here are some examples of watery fruits:

Strawberries – Grapes – Raspberries – Apples – Pineapple – Melons – Oranges – Blueberries

There are a lot more out there than these, by the way…I just listed a lot of my personal favorites.

Because of their low starch content and high water content, watery vegetables and fruits are naturally low in calories and carbohydrates, which makes them absolutely great for fat loss.  To add to that, they’re packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as phytonutrients (a term given to the thousands of other compounds in plant foods that can increase health).

So how much should I eat?

When it comes to the watery vegetables, you can pretty much eat as much as you want.  Because they’re high in fiber, you wouldn’t have to worry about overdoing it with calories because you’ll be full well before that can happen.  With the watery fruits, on the other hand, you have to use a little more discretion.  While you can be relatively liberal with your consumption of them, you still have to be careful because of the sugar that they contain.  I heard a story once on TV about a lady who was complaining that she was eating healthy by eating oranges, but she was still gaining weight.  Turns out that she was eating 20 oranges a day.  Uh oh.

For those of you who want me to give you a more definite amount to shoot for, I would say to make no less than half of your plate be watery vegetables.  If you can eat more, that’s even better in my opinion.  You should also consider replacing some of your starchy vegetables and grains with watery vegetables, at least for most meals if you particularly need to lose some fat.


 

From my personal experience, making watery vegetables the main part of your diet will work wonders with helping you get your body fat down.  But like Levar Burton of Reading Rainbow used to say,

“you don’t have to take my word for it.”

Try it yourself!

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