When it comes to weight loss, there's a mix of information around. The internet, magazines, and newspapers are oozing with easy tips and tricks that could help you lose those extra kilos in a jiffy. But if you are really looking for something more long-lasting and sustainable, we must tell you that there is no shortcut. You will have to make necessary changes to your lifestyle and diet to see desirable changes in your body. And its okay, you don't have to follow a strict diet-plan and high intensity workout from day one. You can start slow and take your own time to understand your body and the extent to which you can push yourself.
For a healthy weight loss diet, balance is the key. You must take ample protein, fibre and even good fats. Protein helps fill you up and also regulate hunger hormone ghrelin, which makes you crave less. Similarly, fibre takes the longest to digest. This is why it stays in your system for a longer spell and helps induce a feeling of fullness. If you are full, you would naturally keep yourself away from greasy, sugary or fattening food. Now, you must be wondering what role do good fats play in weight loss. Good fats are essential for a lot of bodily functions, mostly for building tissues. Fats are of good and bad kinds. Bad fats include all your processed food, junk food and foods with trans-fats. They are laden with empty calories and do no good to your body but get accumulated as fat. Good fat sources like cheese, avocado and olive oil are teeming with nutrients that help fill you up with all things nutritious and nice.
Some intelligent swaps could also go a long way in a healthy weight loss regimen. For instance, sugary sodas, cola beverages and packaged fruit juices are full of sugar. Look for sugar-free natural drinks to keep you hydrated.
Here's a recipe of orange, carrot and ginger juice that you may add to your weight loss diet. This juice is low in calories and full of natural flavours. The real stars here are the ingredients orange, ginger and carrot. Carrot is known to increase bile secretion, which helps in shedding extra kilos. Orange juice is low in calories and has zero-fat, ginger on the other hand is good for digestion. A healthy digestion is key for weight loss.
This delicious fruit is loaded with vitamins, nutrients and essential minerals. Packed with vitamin C, this fruit boosts immunity and protects from cold, flu and several other seasonal diseases. This fruit is incredibly low in calories and has zero fats. This makes orange an excellent option for weight management. It is also rich in fibre which makes you feel fuller for longer time, reducing the odd-time cravings.
Low in calories and carbohydrates, carrots can be excellent option for weight loss. It is a rich source of fibre that promotes digestion and keeps you fuller for longer time. It also helps in loweing LDL or bad cholesterol levels. It is a good source of anti-oxidants and beta carotene present in carrots are converted to vitamin A in in our body that helps to strengthen our immunity system.
Ginger has long been hailed as magical spice. It has several health benefits- from weight loss to lowering cholesterol. According to the book Healing Foods by DK Publishing, its active constituent "Gingerol has analgesic, sedative, antipyretic and antibacterial effects, another component zingerone is an antioxidant."
Step-By-Step Recipe Of Orange, Carrot, Ginger Juice For Weight Loss
- 2 carrots (peeled and cut in halves)
- 2 teaspoon of ginger
- 500ml freshly squeezed orange juice
1. In a blender, take carrots and ginger and give it a good blend.
2. Now add the orange juice to the mix and blend again until smooth.
Drink this juice early in the morning for best results.
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About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.