America, we’re shell-shocked! The fad diet hype machines have left us bleary eyed, and, somehow we’ve forgotten the simplest way to lose weight and stay healthy. It might bring back painful childhood memories, but kids, “Eat your vegetables!”
It’s true, if blogging on DiseaseProof has taught me anything, it’s that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables gives your body the best chance to look great and prevent disease. Hey, it worked for me! I went from being an overweight Soprano’s look-alike… to a fit and trim gym rat…
I dropped over 60 pounds, and, kicked my gastritis. How’d I do it? Easy, lots and lots of delicious plant foods. No calorie counting, no portion control, no miracle pills, and certainly no worrying about “carbs.” Just good old-fashioned natural food!
Okay, as far as weight-loss goes, vegetables and their hefty fiber content are key. This graphic, courtesy of my boss and diet guru Dr. Joel Fuhrman, pretty much sums up why plant foods are the most effective choice for losing weight. Check it out:
With all that bulk and fiber, how could you possibly overeat? I’m stuffed just thinking about it! Now, not only are plant foods dynamite for weight-loss, they’re also PACKED with the nutrients and antioxidants our bodies need to prevent disease.
The Health Factor
Research into cardiovascular disease shows that a healthy aggregate diet includes (among other things) “increased dietary fiber, fruit, and vegetables […] increased plant protein in lieu of animal protein”.
As for fruits and veggies versus Type-2 diabetes, check this out over at Diabetes Care:
Both a low-fat vegan diet and a diet based on ADA guidelines improved glycemic and lipid control in type 2 diabetic patients. These improvements were greater with a low-fat vegan diet.
But remember, “Your diet does not have to be 100 percent vegan. It’s the micronutrient quality of plant foods and NOT just the absence of meat, cheese, and other animal products that benefits the body,” explains Dr. Fuhrman.
So, in the end, healthy living is not that complicated. Keep the meat to a minimum and make your mother proud, eat your vegetables!
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Gerry Pugliese of DiseaseProof.