You know how healthy it is to include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet but did you know some can actually help you with weight loss?
Menopause is usually accompanied by weight gain and we all know that even small increases in weight can have a substantial impact on our risk of developing hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
So it makes sense to keep your weight under control, but just how to do it can be the question. Fad diets are one very short-term option, but hormone balance and a good eating plan really will make a big difference.
What really can help you lose weight?
A study published in the British Medical Journal, reported that all these have been scientifically proven to help you lose weight. Chances are you already include many of these into your daily or weekly diet plan, but if not put them on your shopping list and have at least some of them every day.
- green tea
Nothing too onerous there to add to your diet, and this information comes from a long term study of 124,000 U.S. men and woman over a period of 24 years.
It seems the question they wanted to determine was whether increasing your dietary intake of flavonoids caused any weight changes over time and they got a resounding yes.
The flavonoid factor
Flavonoids are naturally occurring bioactive compounds that represent the composition of fruits and vegetables and previous studies have shown that the consumption of the above 9 items has helped improve weight loss. In particular, the eating of more peppers and celery has also been associated with less weight gain so definitely add those to your supermarket basket.
The flavonoid factor is related to the fact that several flavonoids can decrease energy intake in the body and these are all found in the listed fruits and vegetables above. This means they then increase glucose uptake in the muscles, and decrease glucose uptake into the fatty tissue.
Why green tea?
It is a rich source of flavonoids and studies suggest that it can decrease fat absorption, while increasing energy expenditure. It has been recommended for weight loss for some years, just don’t add sugar or honey to it, as drunk alone it is one of the healthiest drinks on the planet.
Not only is it full of antioxidants and various other substances that are beneficial for your health but it also contains caffeine. Some of which is healthy as it can assist with fat burning, and improve your performance when exercising. It boosts your metabolism because it is full of EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) which again has a beneficial effect on your health.
Eating healthily is always a good idea, particularly at menopause when trying to deal with fluctuating hormones and the effects of oestrogen dominance. Hormone balance and a diet rich in fruit and vegetables can help control weight. Keeping weight under control has many health benefits to reduce the risk of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.