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There's no exact formula when it comes to losing weight. How your body responds to various weight loss efforts can vastly differ from the person next to you. One staple in most weight loss journeys is following a meal plan consisting of nutrient-dense foods. If your body is an engine and you're consistently giving it the wrong type of fuel, that will affect the overall performance. The nutrient-dense foods we often toss to the side contain the energy our body needs to feel and function at its best. Nutrient-dense foods also benefit from typically being lower in calories and fat while being more effective in satiating you. You'll commonly hear that the endless hunger and desire to snack throughout the day often subside with proper nutrition, and as simple as that seems, it's true.
A workshop in the Netherlands at the University Medical Center in Groningen looked into the role diet plays during critical windows of life and for the development of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs are increasingly prevalent as our society ages, and nutrition is well known to play an important role in determining the risk and the time of onset of many common NCDs. As we mentioned above, although a wide range of factors affects our overall health, changing our diets from high sugar energy-dense diets to nutrient-dense ones will positively affect life expectancy and quality. The bottom line is, eating nutrient-dense foods can help you feel fuller for longer while keeping your energy levels and metabolism up.
Fiber is more than just the nutrient that helps keep our parent's movements' regular.' Unlike all other carbohydrates, our bodies can't digest them the same way. Most carbohydrates get broken down into glucose (aka sugar) once ingested, but not fiber. Fiber instead regulates the body's use of sugars, helping to keep hunger and blood sugar in check.
Fiber slows down the digestion process, where it serves its true purpose; becoming food leading to a healthy gut biome. This process helps regulate blood sugar, keeping it stable, reducing hunger cravings, and potentially saving your diet.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently commissioned a new study to help develop new guidelines for dietary fiber consumption. What they found will have you reaching for the frosted mini wheats in no time. They found that those who consume the most fiber in their diet were 15–30 percent less likely to die prematurely from any cause than those who eat the least fiber. How much fiber should I be getting, you may ask? The researchers found that gaining these health benefits only took 25–29 grams/day.
Antioxidants are compounds that have been shown to prevent some of the damage caused by the body's natural oxidative process. The process of oxidation in humans occurs when oxygen is metabolized. The metabolization process creates unstable molecules called 'free radicals.' Like with the porage in goldilocks and the three bears, the body needs some free radicals to function effectively, but having too much or too little can lead to DNA and cell damage.
Antioxidants may prevent some of the damage caused by free radicals by scavenging free radicals from cells and preventing them from the damage caused by oxidation.
One study found that men who eat the antioxidant found in red fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, apricots, pink grapefruit and watermelon called lycopene may be less likely to develop prostate cancer.
Similarly, Lutein, another common antioxidant found in green leafy vegetables and corn, has been linked to a lower incidence of lens degeneration and vision loss in the elderly.
While no one antioxidant will miraculously make you lose weight, adding more antioxidant-rich foods to your diet can support your weight-loss efforts and, at the very least, benefit your long-term health.
As silly and basic as it sounds, staying hydrated has been scientifically proven to help you achieve your weight loss goals.
Our bodies are intuitive; when full, the stomach signals the brain to stop eating. Water may not be as satisfying as a bowl of fruit, but it still occupies the same stomach, leading to a feeling of fullness and reducing hunger.
Putting this to the test, one 2014 study examined how 50 overweight females were affected when forced to drink 500 milliliters (mL) of water 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to their regular water consumption, for eight weeks. Although a small sample size, the decrease in body weight, BMI, sum of skinfold thickness, and appetite score mean that staying hydrated can be a valuable tool for individuals looking for ways to reduce cravings and stay on track with their weight loss goals.
As much as we’d love to say drinking multiple cold-pressed juices daily will lead to weight loss, that would be untrue. The truth is that everything needs to be consumed with moderation in mind. Consuming too much of anything can work against you on your weight loss journeys. We can confirm that Living Juice contains many nutrients that can help you in your weight loss journey is made from 100% Cold Pressed Juice and has no added sugar, sweeteners or water.