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Fat-Burning Foods For Women And Men - Why Cruciferous Vegetables Can Help Plus Juice Recipe!

Are there really fat-burning foods? Are negative calorie foods a myth? Is it true that cruciferous vegetables can be used as a fat-burning food for both women and men?

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If you are wondering about the answers to these questions, you have come to the right place! And you are in for some really good and encouraging news!

Many of the green goodies in your kitchen come absolutely loaded with fat-burning and weight loss help for your family! In fact, the cabbage family of veggies in particular is packed with unique nutrients that can turn them into a powerful and healthy natural ally if you need to slim down.

By making sure that you have plenty of these fat-burning fruits and vegetables in your kitchen, rather than a whole bunch of nutrient-empty processed stuff, you could be getting some serious help in reaching your weight loss goals! Just try them in juices and weight loss smoothies for great results!


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Are Fat-Burning Fruits And Vegetables Negative Calorie Foods?

One caution: If you have any ailment (especially gallbladder or kidney problems), speak to your doctor first before eating or juicing more of the cabbage family of vegetables. Folks who are likely to develop certain types of kidney stones, etc. may need to limit their intake of some of these veggies.

Are negative calorie foods a myth? To a large extent, yes.

Many folks claim that the members of the cruciferous veggie group are so-called 'negative calorie' foods. This means that they are so low in calories, that your body may use more calories while you are eating and digesting them, than the calories you will be taking in. Therefore you should be losing weight almost automatically!

Don't be fooled by this, though. While it is true that these are extremely low in calories, the calorie deficit created would be very, very small indeed. There is no scientific evidence that simply by eating these fruits and vegetables, you would lose weight. When you look at the whole picture though, it is a different story indeed!

It is true that cruciferous veggies are super healthy, packed with fiber and they do come at an extremely low calorie cost. However, there is much more to them than just their calorie content...

Why Are The Cruciferous Vegetables Seen As Fat-Burning Foods?

While I am not a proponent of the 'negative calorie' food theory as such, I think there is a solid scientific basis to believe that cruciferous veggies may really make a noticeable dent in your weight loss efforts. These are vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale and radishes.

Why is this?

It is because of unique compounds that abound in them. These are called glucosinolates. As soon as these are chewed or chopped, there is a particular enzyme that gets to work on them. In this interaction, the glucosinolates are broken down into phytonutrients that could play a huge role in your estrogen metabolism. And this is where they may just become your new weight-loss-best-friend...

How does this work?

We all know about pollution, right? But did you know that your exposure to pollution could be behind some of your weight gain or your difficulties in getting rid of extra weight? Let me explain.

Have you ever heard about 'xenoestrogens'? You come into contact with xenoestrogens in our environment daily, from the air you breathe, to your water, in your place of work, in the products you use on your skin and even in your foods. These are known as hormone disruptors. They act as synthetic estrogens and when you are exposed to them, they can cause your estrogen metabolism to go haywire.

You see, during estrogen metabolism you get 'good guy' metabolites and 'bad guy' metabolites. The 'good guys' have an antioxidant effect in your body, which is great for you. But the 'bad guys' can set in motion all sorts of nasty things, such as the development of cancer and struggles with weight gain!

Xenoestrogens disrupt the balance between the 'good guys' and the 'bad guys'. In the process the 'bad guys' can gain the upper hand so to speak. That can mean that you quietly begin to gain weight or that you simply can't seem to be able to get rid of extra pounds. And if you don't get the right nutrients, your body doesn't have the tools to restore this balance.

The Fat-Burning Power Of Cruciferous Vegetables

Now, if you are eating cruciferous veggies (particularly if you enjoy them raw, such as in a juice or salad), your body will be getting phytonutrients that are made to help maintain and restore the estrogen balance in your body. Two of the important ones are called I3C (Indole-3-Carbinol) and DIM (Diindolylmethane).

Not only can I3C and DIM help with hormonal balance, but they also play a major role in the detoxification systems in your body. They help your body to metabolize foods more efficiently and also play a role in the breakdown and elimination of fats.

A number of research studies have been done to look at the possible effect of I3C on obesity[1], leptin levels, insulin resistance, weight loss. The role it may play in preventing weight gain[2], has also been under scrutiny.

Obese individuals may also be more at risk of developing certain cancers such as breast cancer or prostate cancer. There are clear indications that I3C may indeed also offer some protection in this regard. So, making sure that a variety of cruciferous veggies feature in juices and meals regularly, can be crucial both for long term health and weight control.

Check to see how many of the veggies on the following list are on your menu regularly...

  • Broccoli (green or purple)
  • Cauliflower (white or purple)
  • Cabbage (green, savoy, red or purple)
  • Kale (green or purple)
  • Watercress
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Radish
  • Bok choy (chinese cabbage or pak choi)
  • Collard greens
  • Broccoli sprouts
  • Arugula (rocket)
  • Turnip
  • Kohlrabi (white or purple)
  • Mustard greens
  • Chinese cabbage

Can you see how easy it is to give your body more of the nutrients it needs to keep things in balance? Just don't drown your veggies in butter or other rich sauces, as this will defeat the purpose big time!

Remember that adding hot and spicy ingredients such as cayenne pepper when cooking, may also help to stimulate your metabolism. Try to get used to using spices to add zing to your dishes, sauces and soups. Chili sauces, Tabasco and mustards can also be of help.

Weight Loss Booster Juice

Brussels sprouts... Brussels Sprouts
1 Cup pineapple, cubed (wash before cutting)
6 Broccoli florets
6 Brussels sprouts
4 Arugula (rocket) leaves
1/2 Medium cucumber
1 Kiwi fruit
1/2 Medium beet
Optional: Shredded coconut for sweetness

Method:
1. Wash all the ingredients, except pineapple cubes and coconut
2. Section broccoli as necessary
3. Halve brussels sprouts
4. Roll arugula leaves into tight balls for juicing
5. Peel cucumber only if waxed
6. Peel kiwi fruit thinly, discarding skin
7. Peel beet thinly, discarding skin and greens
8. Juice and pour over crushed ice
9. Optional: Stir in some shredded coconut

There you have some of the best fat-burning fruits and vegetables and an easy juicing for weight loss recipe to rev up your family's metabolism. Now, let's take you to a list of yummy, healthy snacks for weight loss

> From the juicing for health desk of Rika Susan

References:
1. Antiobesity activities of indole-3-carbinol
2. Indole-3-Carbinol Suppresses Inflammation



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