How Plums Help Achieve Natural Weight Loss

Plums – Eat Them For Weight Loss

Many folk are struggling with weight loss nowadays. The reasons are varied. It could be genetic disposition, pregnancy, side effects of certain medicines, junk diet, lack of exercise, stress to name a few.  The experienced know there are no short cuts to losing weight. Beware of magic pills or magic diet or magic exercise equipment that promise to reduce weight in a jiffy. Usually you did not put on excess weight overnight. It happened over a period of time. Rapid weight loss is neither practical or natural for the body. A strict regimen of diet and exercise over a period of time is the best, safest and most natural way to lose weight permanently.

Appetite suppressants and diet pills have their associated limitations and side effects. Eating a wide variety of low calorie vegetables and fruits is the best diet for weight loss. Plums is one of the ideal fruits which will definitely help you to lose weight. Dried plums or prunes will also help lose weight.

Different ways to consume plums

Ripe plums are delicious and don’t have any side effects. They can be eaten alone or added to fruit salads, breakfast cereals and yoghurt. You can even make juices of them or smoothies. Plums can be cooked to make compote or syrupy sauces for delicious and wholesome dessert dishes. You can even make plum wines, plum jam and plum cake or even pickle the tasty fruit. Plum sauce can be added to yoghurt or frozen milk. In short there is a wide variety of healthy plum dishes.

How plums aid in weight loss

Plums are mostly either European or Japanese in origin. They are low in calories and have a low glycaemic index which means that consuming the fruit won’t lead to blood sugar surges. The fruit is rich in fibre and eating it leads to a feeling of satiety. In short, the stomach fills up and you don’t feel like eating more.  Plums have very little fat. Each small plum contains less than 0.2 grams of fat. Also, this fruit has practically zero saturated fat a type of fat which drives up body cholesterol levels.

3 Amazing Foods That Help Lose Weight When on a Weight Loss Program

Maintain a journal when in weight loss program
Maintain a journal when in  a weight loss program

What to eat and what not to eat while on a weight loss plan is a question that many who are in a weight loss program face. The first and foremost thing that you need to understand is that there is no such thing as a perfect diet plan. Experts and studies reveal that there are foods that aid in weight loss. The studies further show that though these foods work in different ways for different people, those who eat them and also exercise are more likely to lose weight faster than those who don’t exercise.

Top 3 Foods That Hasten Weight Loss

 

  • Yogurt
Yogurt - any time snack
Yogurt – any time snack

As per the studies conducted and published by an American cardiologist, epidemiologist, and the Dean of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Dariush Mozaffarian in the New England Journal of Medicine, its found that yogurt has the ability to help people maintain their weight as they age. The eating habits of more than 120,000 people were analyzed by the team headed by Mozzafarian. The results showed that yogurt ranked highest among the food that helped in maintaining weight as one aged while potato chips ranked highest for weight gain. The scientist believe that the beneficial probiotics may be playing a role in promoting healthy gut.

  • Oat Bran
Fiber enriched food
Fiber enriched food

Oak bran is rich in fiber and this gives you the feeling full effect. It also enhances bowel movements. Like oats, oat bran also absorbs fat and also aids in reducing cholesterol. A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast will hasten the weight loss. Oat bran is a part of Dukan Diet that was popularized by the celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Kate Middleton.

  • Mushrooms
A superb replacement for meat
A superb replacement for meat

Mushroom is known for its health benefits. It’s also an ideal substitute for meat because of its rich texture and meaty taste. Weight management research team at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed that replacing meat with mushrooms in one meal a day is beneficial for those who are undergoing weight loss management programs.

There are many more foods that when included in your regular diet can help you to not only reduce weight but also maintain weight as you age. Some of the foods include pistachio and olive oil.

10 Fruits That Enhance Weight Loss

Change your lifestyle to lose weight
Change your lifestyle to lose weight

 

A study by University of Tokyo, revealed that women who ate fruits that was high in water content had smaller waistlines and low body mass indexes. The researchers opine that the water content in these food is so filling that you tend to eat less. There are many foods that aid in weight loss. Here we have put together a list of fruits that will aid in weight loss.

List of 7 Fruits that Enhance Weight Loss

 

  • Grapefruit
Pink grapefruit
Pink grapefruit

This fruit is rich in vitamin C, potassium and folic acid. Grapefruit also contains pectin, a dietary fiber, vitamin A and lycopene, an anti-oxidant.

  • Tomatoes
Tomatoes Man's blessing
Tomatoes Man’s blessing

Tomato is a fruit and not a vegetable. They are rich source of antioxidants and they also aid in reducing water retention. Additionally, tomatoes help in reversing leptin resistance. Leptin is a protein that prevents the body from losing weight.

  • Oranges
Yummy and delicious oranges
Yummy and delicious oranges

Oranges are a snack by itself. Instead of snacking on a highly-sugared snack, consider eating an orange. Do you know 100gms of orange contains only 47 calories.

  • Banana
Instant energy
Instant energy

Instead of eating an energy bar post work-out have a banana. it gives you instant energy apart from reducing your blood pressure, acidity formation, constipation and prevents muscular cramps.

  • Guava
Red Guava rich in fiber
Red Guava rich in fiber

This fruit is an excellent source of fiber and has a very low glycemic index. This fruit is also a perfect for those who are diabetic. Also, guava ensures perfect bowel movements that is a mandatory for overall weight loss process.

  • Apple
A great food
A great food

This is one fruit that is a must in your dietary repertoire as it will boost your immune system. Additionally, it is good for your heart as it has zero sodium. A Brazilian study revealed that women who ate an apple before their meals lost 33 percent of their weight compared to those who did not consume them.

  • Watermelon
90 percent water
90 percent water

This fruit has 90 percent water content and has only 30 calories per 100g of serving. It an excellent source of arginine, an amino acid which helps to burn fat.

Now whats your list?

Five Drinks That Help in Weight loss

Juices that aid in weight loss
Juices that aid in weight loss

Only way to lose that extra pound that you gain during the holiday season is by combining workouts with balanced and nutritious diet. To speed up the fat burning process and hasten the weight loss there are various types of juices that you can include in your diet regularly.

  1. Detox Juices

Citrus aids in detoxification and weight loss
Citrus aids in detoxification and weight loss

Citrus fruits are known for their detox capability therefore, you should include them in the detox juice. Use ginger, carrots or apples to make detox juice. These juices are an excellent source of anti-oxidants. Consume at least a glass of detox juice in a week to remove the toxins that have accumulated in the body.

2. Vegetable juices

Cruciferous vegetable juce
Cruciferous vegetable juice

Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower are known for weight loss. Adding a few leaves of these to other vegetables while making juices will do wonders. A notable benefit of vegetable juices is that apart from fighting free radicals, they also aid in balancing hormone levels.  Cruciferous veggies are excellent sources of phytonutrients that help in reducing inflammation and balancing blood sugar levels, hormone levels, and also in boosting metabolism.

3. Green Tea

Green tea for weight loss
Green tea for weight loss

Green tea has many health benefits and weight loss is just one of them. Though consuming green tea alone will not aid in weight loss immediately, in the long run it will help in burning fat by hastening metabolism. Green tea is enriched with antioxidants, has ability to increase the overall energy level and is a natural appetite suppressant.

4. Cranberry and Pear Juices

Cranberry and pear juice
Cranberry and pear juice

Fruit juices are an excellent source of nutrients, minerals and vitamins. Cranberries and Pears are rich in vitamin c and calcium. Also, these two fruits have the ability to boost your metabolism, thus aiding in weight loss. Pear is known to contain magnesium, phosphorus and potassium the essential minerals required by the body.

5. Black Coffee

Black Coffee
Black Coffee

Consuming black coffee in moderation is good for health. However, if you want to coffee to aid in weight loss you should have it without sugar or milk. Coffee contains antioxidants that curbs the movement of free radicals thereby reducing the risk of certain cancer types.

Add these detoxifying juices in your regular diet to aid in weight loss. Share your thoughts and ideas with us in comment section.

Cabbage Soup Diet For Weight Loss

Cabbage Soup diet
Cabbage Soup diet

Want to fit into your Little Black Dress this holiday season without much hassle? Follow cabbage soup diet for seven days. As the name suggests your staple and main diet would consist of mainly the combo of cabbage soup, fruits and vegetables. Though many health experts support this diet, there are a few who are against this diet plan as they believe it’s not sustainable.

Is cabbage soup diet a long-term weight loss plan

No, this diet plan is only a short-term plan.  It’s believed that is plan can help you lose at least 10 pounds in a week. It is considered to be a fastest weight-loss program as its low in calories and high in dietary fibers.

What Is Cabbage Soup Diet

Cabbagae soup diet is also known as Mayo Clinic Diet or  Sacred Heart Hospital Diet.It supposedly  was a staple diet in the hospital for quick weight loss for heart patients who have to undergo surgery. However, the clinics mentioned here deny these claims. Though no one knows for sure where this unique diet originated, it was a popular during the 1980s  through 1990s.

Simple Cabbage Soup Recipe

You need to make a large quantity of this soup as you would have to consume it several times a day.

Ingredients

  • Green bell pepper – 1
  • Diced Tomato – 1 can
  • Celery Stalks – 6
  • Onion chopped – 1 large
  • Cabbage – 1 large head
  • Water – 4-5 cups
  • Olive oil – 1 tsp
  • Hot sauce – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt and pepper – as per taste

Method

Cut the vegetables into bite-size pieces. Sauté the onion in the oil for a couple of minutes. Now add, pepper, and celery and sauté for another 5 minutes.

Add water, hot sauces and tomatoes and bring it to boil. Add salt now and reduce the heat allowing the vegetables to become tender.

Add the cabbage once the other vegetables are cooked and cook the soup for another 10 minutes.

Cabbage is added towards the end to preserve the nutrients.

Season the soup with pepper and add more hot sauces if your palate needs.

Rules of the Cabbage Soup Diet

  1. Day one – Unlimited cabbage soup and fruits. But no bananas.
  2. Day two – Only soup and vegetables. However, avoid peas, beans and corn. Have one baked potato sautéed in butter or oil.
  3. Day three – In addition to the soup, eat as many fruits and vegetables. But no baked potato.
  4. Day four – In addition to cabbage soup have unlimited bananas and skim milk.
  5. Day five – Drink at least 8 glasses of water. Six fresh tomatoes and unlimited cabbage soup. You can have 250gms of beef, chicken or fish.
  6. Day six – Soup, beef and vegetables. Have a bowl of green leafy salad but no baked potato. Replace beef with fish if you want to.
  7. Day seven – In addition to cabbage soup, have unlimited fruit juice with no added sugar. Also, add vegetables, and brown rice.

Note: – You should follow this diet not more than seven days at a time. You can repeat this diet after a couple of weeks.

 

 

Try These Overnight Oat Recipes For Weight Loss

Overnight Oatmeal for Weight Loss
Overnight Oatmeal for Weight Loss

Ready to eat cereals that you pick up from the supermarket shelves are not the most waist-friendly food. A bowl of oatmeal with raisins or sliced fruits thrown along with it is a better way to ward off weight gain and also help you in narrowing your waistline. Also, a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast will keep you full longer.

What Is Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are simply oatmeal soaked overnight using either milk, water or yoghurt. The common proportion is equal parts of raw rolled oats and milk and yogurt. This is a simple grab-and-go solution, for those have no time to breakfast before leaving home. Here are a few simple to make recipes made using overnight oats.

Overnight Oats with Blueberry And Cashew Cream

Reap the benefits of Oats and Blueberry
Reap the benefits of Oats and Blueberry

Oat Mixture Ingredients

  • Mashed banana – 1/2
  • Oats – 1/2 cup
  • Chia seeds – 1 tbsp

Blueberry, Cashew Cream Ingredients

  • Blueberries – 1/2 cup
  • Date – 1
  • Cashew nuts – 2 tbsp
  • Water/Diary free milk – 2-4 tbsp.

Method

Mix all the oatmeal mixture in a bowl. Ensure that the banana is well mashed before adding it to the oats.

For the toppings

Add all the ingredients of the blueberry-cashew cream into a blender. Blend to make a smoothie kind of mixture.

If you are planning to carry the oatmeal to your workplace, in a mason jar add the oats mixture first. To this add the cream mixture.

Leave it overnight in the fridges for the flavors of the ingredients to sink into the oats.

This meal gives you the benefits of the blueberry, banana, cashew nuts,  and oats.

Chia Strawberry Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats Strawberry-Chia Seeds
Overnight Oats Strawberry-Chia Seeds

This a a gluten free meal. Chia seeds are rich in plant based omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants and other vital nutrients. Strawberry can be eaten plain or with cream. There are so many strawberry recipes that can be whipped up in no time.

Ingredients

  • Oatmeal – 1/3 cup
  • Chia seed – 2 tbsp
  • Strawberries sliced – 1/2 cup
  • Walnuts/almonds – 2 tbsp
  • Bananas sliced – 1/2
  • Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Agave nectar as sweetener

Method

In a bowl place oatmeal, sliced banana, chia seeds and sliced strawberry.

In another bowl, whisk vanilla and milk. Pour this mixture over the oat chia mixture and refrigerate it.

Before serving, add a walnuts or almonds, to loosen it a bit, you can add some milk. If have saved a few slices of strawberry, add them also before eating.

Keep watching this space for more on overnight oatmeal recipes.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup For Weight Loss

Healthy Roasted Pumpkin Soup for those who are on a weight loss program
Healthy Roasted Pumpkin Soup for those who are on a weight loss program

Pumpkin resonates with carving on the Halloween Day. However, there is more to this gourd than the you think. One of the major benefit of consuming this vegetable is that it’s a natural appetite suppressant. It’s also a fat burner as it’s an excellent source of protein and fiber. It’s a versatile gourd which can be used in any meal of the day – pumpkin spice latte to pumpkin pie.

Here is a simple and easy to make pumpkin soup recipe that’s sure to please your taste bud while aiding in weight loss. This soup is very filling and keeps you filled for a longer time. Also you can refrigerate this soup for 3 to 4 days. Else freeze pureed soup for a couple of months.

Healthy Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

  • Olive oil divided – 4 tbsp.
  • Sugar pie pumpkin – 1/4 pound
  • Onion chopped – 1
  • Garlic cloves – 6
  • Sea salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp
  • Nutmeg – 1/2 tsp
  • Cloves – 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper – as per taste
  • Vegetable broth – 4 cups
  • heavy cream – 1/2 cup
  • Honey – 2 tbsp

Method

 Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line the baking tray with parchment paper.

Halve the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Now cut the pumpkin into quarters. Apply around 1 tbsp of olive oil on the flesh of the gourd and roast the pumpkin for 35 minutes. That’s till the flesh can be easily pierced with the fork.

In a heavy bottomed pot add the remaining olive oil and sauté the onion, garlic and salt. Stir for 10 minutes until the onions are translucent.

Now add the flesh of the roasted pumpkin, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, cloves and black pepper. Use the back of the spoon to smash pumpkin pieces. Add the broth and allow the mixture to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Once the squash is well cooked, add the cream, and honey. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool. Use an immersion blender to puree the mixture.

Use the scooped out flesh of the pumpkin you use for carving this Halloween day to make this yummylicious soup.

Green Tea Detox For Cleansing Your Body

Green Tea has amazing health benefits
Green Tea has amazing health benefits

Green Tea is power packed with antioxidants. Drinking a cup of this tea first thing in the morning cleanses the body and also aids in weight loss. It can get a bit monotonous when you drink the same flavored tea every day. There are a few interesting green tea recipes that adds flavor and twist to your tea.

Green Tea Detox Recipes For Good Health

Green Tea Shake

Health Shake
A Health Shake

Do you know green tea is an excellent source of natural caffeine? Therefore, when you mix brewed tea or the tea matcha powder, you’re sending wake up signals to the brain.

Ingredients

  • Green tea Matcha Powder – 1 tsp
  • Orange seeded – 1/2
  • Grapefruit seeded – 1/4
  • Banana – 1/2
  • Coconut Milk – 1 cup
  • Ice cubes – 1 cup

Direction

Blend all the above ingredients in a blender to get a shake like consistency. If  you want this as your breakfast replacement, all that you have to do is add a spoonful of protein powder. Its filling and keeps your hunger free for hours.

Blend Of Papaya, Pineapple And Pear With Green Tea

The pear adds the required fiber while the papaya and pineapple gives the much needed vitamin C.

Ingredients

  • Green Tea – 1 cup
  • Pear sliced – 1/2 fruit
  • Pineapple cubed – 1/2 cup
  • Papaya cubed – 1/2 cup

Direction

Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend till you get the juice consistency. Ensure that there are no fruit chunks left in the blender.

Transfer it into serving glasses.

Mango, Papaya And Green Tea Smoothie

Smoothie to detoxify
Smoothie to detoxify

Tropical fruits such as mango, papaya and banana have a delicious taste and when blended with green tea, they give a unique flavor to this tea. The smooth consistency of this drink is given by the banana.

Ingredients

  • Ripe mango sliced – 1/2 cup
  • Papaya cubed – 1/2 cup
  • Banana sliced – 1/2
  • Coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Green tea matcha powder – 1 tsp
  • Ice cubes – 1 handful

Direction

Add all the above ingredients to the blender and blend until its a smooth paste. You can always replace the tropical fruits with the seasonal fruits.