More than 60% of Americans are overweight. The amount of money spent on weight loss continues to soar, but is having little effect in curbing excess weight's contributions to poor health. To restore vibrant health and lose excess weight, my suggestion is, "Eat more vegetables!"
"Eat your vegetables" is probably the most famous advice in all of nutrition - but we seldom stop to think about what makes vegetables so special or why we need so many each day.
Since everything we do requires nutrients, the more nutrients we can get for the least amount of calories bodes well for our good health and potential for healthy weight loss. Whether we are awake or asleep, exercising or sitting still, we are staying alive with the help of the nutrients required for our cells. Although some nutrients can be stored in our cells and tissues to a limited degree, most micronutrients cannot be stored. Unless we obtain them daily from our food, we simply don't have them! The variety of nutrients we need for optimal nourishment is somewhat staggering.
Vegetables provide us with an unprecedented array of nutrients. As startling as it might sound, no essential nutrient is missing from vegetables as a group! Proteins, fiber-rich, low glycemic load carbohydrates, essential fats, vitamins, minerals - all are plentiful in the world of vegetables. And so are phytonutrients, health-supporting compounds found only in plant foods.
And as for weight loss, vegetables as a group, with the exceptions of starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn, are the foods that are not only among the most nutrient-rich, but are also the lowest in calories.